Jimmy Kimmel is another one of those people who is never going to be mistaken as being pro-anything other than an adherent to leftist orthodoxy, and that includes gun control. His tear-filled opening monologue following Parkland made his stance on firearms perfectly clear.
However, in a recent interview, Kimmel got smacked upside the head with something else people on his side of the debate take for granted as a general rule. That was “white privilege.”
Kimmel started off his Friday night show by referencing the Texas shooting as another reason why politicians need to “do something” on gun control.
“So they sit there with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money, and they do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass because it didn’t happen to their children,” Kimmel said. “The least you can do is register to vote, right now. Make sure we vote for politicians who will do something … These kind of things don’t happen in countries with real, sensible gun laws.”
[Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence] Jones, however, sees the late night host as yet another example of “white privilege.”
“I’ve never seen a better example of white privilege than Jimmy Kimmel,” said Jones. “He’s a rich white man that has security but he doesn’t want other Americans to have security as well, have the Second Amendment.”
Here’s a video of the encounter, for your amusement.
.@LawrenceBJones3: "I've never seen a better example of white privilege than @jimmykimmel. He's a rich white man that has security but he doesn't want other Americans to have security as well, have the Second Amendment." pic.twitter.com/5kBPWtg4Ip
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 20, 2018
Jones makes a valid point, though. When celebrities come out against guns, I can’t help but think it a little bit hypocritical. After all, they hire armed security to surround themselves, keeping them safe not just from crazed fans–something I’m sure Kimmel really doesn’t need to worry too much about. Who is going to stalk him?–but also more mundane crimes, the kind any of us could find ourselves the victim of. Yet they then advocate that people like you and I be disarmed, apparently because my kids don’t deserve protection.
We’re all regular folks. We generally can’t afford to outsource our security to a third party. Just like it sometimes falls on us to replace the element in our oven or to fix the drip in the sink, it falls on us to protect ourselves and our family.
This is especially true in the black community which statistically has lower income than the rest of the nation. For a white man to sit there, lament the murder of some white men, and then advocate for more laws which have contributed to the death of countless black kids is…well…special, I suppose.
I’m not a fan of the term “white privilege” because it has connotations of things that annoy the hell out of me, but I love Jones using it in this instance. Kimmel’s issue is that of privilege. He’s not worried about me being able to protect my household because he just doesn’t need to worry about protecting his. That’s privilege, folks.
Luckily for us, our gun rights aren’t going anywhere. Not really.
Kimmel can cry on the air all he wants, but he’s not getting his way because, at the end of the day, he just doesn’t have the pull to make anything like that happen.
And the entire nation is better off for it.