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Kimmel Rips ‘Crazies’ Against Gun Control, Tweets Link to Donate to Everytown

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Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel tweeted out a link to donate to the gun control advocacy group Everytown on Thursday, slamming the "crazies" who have criticized him for his anti-gun monologues.

"Dear crazies: it is fascinating that 500 innocent people get shot and your anger is directed at me. Think about that," he wrote, adding a link to contribute money to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Kimmel also tweeted out a message of support for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong proponent of gun control.

He was never known for his progressive political routines on his program "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" until this year, when he received national attention for his calls for universal health care after his son was born with a congenital heart condition.

He railed against the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill last month, calling sponsor Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) a liar for allegedly not living up to his promises in the health care bill. Kimmel received talking points and stats from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) to help fight the Republican legislation.

After the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday, he said the gun "nuts" know in their hearts they bear some responsibility for the carnage.

A CNN columnist this week proclaimed Kimmel to be "America's conscience" who "never sought the mantle of political activism."