The topic of gun control has been raging through the United States since school shootings became a yearly norm. From Columbine to Sandy Hook, shootings have killed more Americans than terrorist attacks. As such, it’s only normal that the country pay attention to what should be done regarding the availability of guns and the right to bear arms.
As the nation is once again polarized on citizens’ feelings about President Barack Obama’s Jan. 5 executive actions concerning gun control, many look to the stars to better gauge popular opinion.
It’s well-known that Hollywood tends to lean strongly to the left, but that doesn’t equal a complete absence of heat-packing celebrities. While many quietly support gun ownership by discreetly applying for a concealed carry permit, others waste no time vocalizing their support of the Second Amendment and their staunch opposition of increased gun control. In fact, you might be surprised how many Hollywood personalities are members of the National Rifle Association.
Ever wonder what your favorite celebrity thinks about gun control? We’ve highlighted 10 celebs who are staunch gun control opponents.
10. Vince Vaughn
A well-known supporter of gun rights, Vince Vaughn believes guns are vital to citizens’ protection from government tyranny.
“We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech,” Vaughn told GQ in 2015. “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”
9. Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell is against gun control legislation. He’s also one of the few with a logical argument against legislation.
“If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re… out of your mind,” Russell said during a heated 2015 discussion with Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells, when he argued that a person who’s decided to commit murder will find a way to do so whether or not a gun is legally available. “Whaddaya gonna do? Outlaw everything? That isn’t the answer,” Russell added. “Put some controls? What, so the people, so the people who want to defend themselves can’t?”
8. James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones firmly believes in every American’s right to own and carry a gun for protection. He’s adamantly against the gun control movement. In fact, Jones is a member of the National Rifle Association.
“The world is filled with violence,” the NRA member has argued. “Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
In 2013, Rapper Ice-T narrated the documentary, Assaulted: Gun Rights Under Fire, in which he argued that gun rights are civil rights, no different than free speech, the practice of religion and even voting.
When asked in 2012 why he supports the right to bear arms, Ice-T answered, “I’ll give up my gun when everybody else does… if there were guns here, would you want to be the only one without one?”
6. Tom Selleck
The avid gun collector and NRA spokesperson has long defended his anti gun control stance to the media. Now an NRA board member, Selleck has even had to defend his very humanity.
“I’m going to go down with the civil liberties ship for all the Bill of Rights and apply them equally,” Selleck, who has appeared in NRA ads under the heading “I am the NRA,” told talk-show host and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell in 1999.
5. Miranda Lambert
The newly-single country music starlet tries to avoid political conversations, but that hasn’t stopped reporters from asking about her stance on gun ownership time and again. Lambert is a gun owner and holds her conceal-and-carry license, but doesn’t try to speak for everyone.
“Obviously, I have my concealed handgun carry license, I’m pro on guns and I’m a hunter, so for me, that’s what I use guns for, protection and hunting,” Lambert told the Boot in 2013. “I’ve always been that way, it’s the way I grew up. But some people don’t feel like they need guns and that’s their prerogative. But I do think that we should each have a choice of one or the other.
4. Marc Anthony
Latino superstar and Puerto Rican native Marc Anthony supports gun rights in spite of his otherwise liberal views. Although Anthony recently appeared at a rally to elect Hillary Clinton, he also holds a conceal-carry permit. His special permit, which he applied for under his given name Marc Antonio Muniz, allows Anthony to carry a loaded weapon, a status availed only to applicants who prove a documented threat or who routinely carry large amounts of cash or valuables.
3. Bruce Willis
This is one selection that is no surprise, considering the violent movies in which Bruce Willis appears.
Willis, a Hollywood legend and star of the Die Hard film franchise, has voiced his opposition to any action that could limit the Bill of Rights. “I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis told The Associated Press in 2013. “If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”
2. James Hetfield
The Metallica frontman has come under great fire for his support of hunting and gun ownership, even facing an online petition demanding the band that made him a global superstar be ousted from a major music festival.
“I love my guns. I love that my dad handed them down to me, and I’m taking care of them,” Hetfield said in a 2013 interview. “To me, though, some of the gun laws definitely don’t make any sense, but also the Second Amendment is very important to me. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth. Both sides are operating on a fear base. As an NRA member, I don’t think we need to be afraid that if we compromise on some things, [they] are going to change so much. I don’t want to make it easier for someone to have an assault weapon, but I also want to be able to protect my family.”
1. Ted Nugent
The rocker and gun rights activist, known for hits such as Cat Scratch Fever and Stranglehold, has long been associated with gun rights. “Anybody that wants to disarm me can drop dead,” Ted Nugent told CNN’s Piers Morgan in 2011.
“Anybody that wants to make me unarmed and helpless, people that want to literally create the proven places where more innocents are killed called gun-free zones, we’re going to beat you. We’re going to vote you out of office or suck on my machine gun.”
It’s no secret, then, that Nugent was quick to condemn President Obama‘s recent executive actions concerning gun control.
“I will write a comprehensive piece on the Chicago scam artist in chief on his latest lies about tyrannical trampling of the 2nd Amendment but know it ye all goodmen everywhere that his ongoing criminal oath violating INFRINGEMENTS would NOT have stopped nor will ever stop ANY mass shootings or crime that anyone is aware of,” Nugent wrote on his Facebook page Jan. 5. “He is a psychopathic America-hating liar.”