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Fallon and O'Brien give emotionally charged monologues on Orlando shooting

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Jimmy Fallon opened Monday night's edition of The Tonight Show with his thoughts in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"This country was built on the idea that we do not all agree on everything. That we are a tolerant, free nation that encourages debate, free thinking, believing - or not in what you choose," Fallon said. 

"Maybe there's a lesson from all this - a lesson in tolerance. We need to support each others' differences and worry less about our own opinions. Get back to debate and away from believing or supporting the idea that if someone doesn't live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them, bomb them up. That is not OK. We need to get back to being brave enough that we have different opinions, and that's OK because that's what America is built on. The idea we can stand up and speak our minds and live our lives, and not be punished for that or mocked on the internet, or killed by someone you don't know. This was just one bad guy here. 49 good people, and one bad guy, and there will always be more good than evil."

Fallon wasn't the only late night talk show host to chime in on the shooting. Saying he's tried hard to keep his opinions out of public life and stick to his job of being a comedian, Conan O'Brien called for a ban on assault rifles, saying "I simply do not understand why anybody in this country is allowed to purchase and own a semi-automatic assault rifle. It makes no sense to me. These are weapons of war and they have no place in civilian life."

"I have tried to understand this issue from every side, and it all comes down to this: Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly," O'Brien continued. "These mass shootings are happening so often now, that lamenting them is becoming a national ritual. I do not know the answer, but I wanted to take a moment tonight, to agree with the rapidly growing sentiment in America that it's time to grow up and figure this out."

Both comedians also encouraged viewers to help by visiting the GoFundMe page set up for the victims, which as of Tuesday morning has already raised $3.2 million.

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