"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it,” stated Clint Eastwood in a speech regarding gun control. But not everyone has the same ideals as Mr. Eastwood, especially when it comes to Hollywood actors. We see movies and television shows every day, showing someone using a gun to inflict harm onto others. Alternatively, those same actors who play those parts seem to have conflicting opinions when it comes to real life and the use of firearms. Some of those same people even have their own weapons, or have hired bodyguards (who use guns) to protect them. It is hard to tell whether these celebrities just want to change the laws of the second amendment, or if they want to see the rights of Americans taken away, in regards to gun ownership.
Then there are some actors who believe that new laws regarding firearms would be wrong. Actor Bruce Willis made mention concerning that same subject, in 2012. Bruce said, “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. If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?” Even the Dalai Lama is against gun control, according to the Seattle Times. In May, 2001, the “head monk of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism” (The Dalai Lama) talked with students in Oregon, stating, “…but if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you...it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
With that being said, here is a list of ten celebrities who have expressed their desires to repeal the second amendment, with regards to owning firearms.
10 George Clooney
George Clooney is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood; there is no doubt about that. He comes from a very liberal family, and even raised money for his father, Nick Clooney when he ran for Congress in 2004. He had raised over $600,000, and made several attempts to convince others to vote for his dad, but to no avail. That just shows no matter how much influence you may think you have on others, people will always vote for whomever (or whatever) they choose.
George has been in multiple movies where he is toting a gun; including the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn and The American, just to name a few. George even played one of the “bad guys” in a season of the television show, Hunter back in the 80s, where he used a handgun during the episode. Even though Clooney uses guns for his acting career, he apparently is completely against the use of them in “real life.” In 2003, George was at an event to accept an award, when he made a very crude remark regarding Academy-Award winner, Charlton Heston. George said, "Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's,” and then refused to apologize for the comment. When asked if he had “gone too far,” George simply replied, “I don't care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association; he deserves whatever anyone says about him.” Ouch.
9 Matt Damon
From using a Remington 1875 in Geronimo: An American Legend in 1993, to the Berretta he used in the Bourne Identity movies, Matt Damon is no rookie when it comes to using guns. Matt has been observed using multiple firearms in dozens of films; yet still has an issue when it comes to the use of them for law-abiding citizens. He made mention in an interview with BET regarding his opinions about the conceal-carry laws, and that we should just “leave it up to law enforcement.” In a separate interview in 2003, Matt reportedly said, ““I actually hate guns. They freak me out. If you were ever in a situation in which you wished you had a gun, that means you’re in a situation where you wanted to kill somebody and I’ve never been in that situation.”
8 Jennifer Garner
In the television show, Alias, Jennifer Garner played Sydney Bristow, a double agent for the CIA. She must have learned how to shoot and handle a gun in order to play the role in which she made an average of $195,000 an episode, since she appeared exceptionally good at it. Jennifer also used guns in the movies The Kingdom and Daredevil, where she fell in love with her husband, Ben Affleck in 2003. In 2009, Stephen Burky was accused of stalking the family of Ben and Jennifer. In order to make this Hollywood family feel “safer,” Ben Affleck bought several guns to protect his family, and had even admitted to going skeet shooting.
In December 2012, celebrities joined together to create a video to stand up against gun violence. Jennifer Garner was part of that group, stating that we need stricter laws for guns. Those in the video seem to believe that making laws stricter for people to get guns will stop all of the violence from the people who are getting firearms illegally.
7 Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston, known mainly as Rachel from Friends, also has done quite a few movies, as well. Included in the list of films she starred in, Jennifer was in The Bounty Hunter with Gerard Butler, where she uses a Mossberg 500 Cruiser; a 12-gauge shotgun. She clearly knows how to use the firearm, as most people can tell from watching the movie. Jennifer and other celebrities created a video that was supposed to be a public service announcement back in 2012, urging lawmakers to “demand a plan” in regards to gun violence. In the commercial, there was not much mentioned about what these celebrities wanted done, only that we needed to “demand a plan,” and that was it. It is apparent that Jennifer wants stricter gun laws (because of the video), yet there is no record of what exactly she is planning to do, if anything.
6 Rosie O’Donnell
In 1999, Rosie O’Donnell had her own television show, where she would constantly bring up her opinions and theories about whatever would be on her mind at the time. During one of her airings, she stated exactly what she thought about guns and exactly what she thought about people owning them: “I don’t care if you want to hunt. I don’t care if you think it’s your right. I say, ‘Sorry.’ It is 1999. We have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison.”
Ironically, she had a bodyguard that protected her and used a gun. He even applied for a concealed weapons permit a few months after Rosie made that comment to the public. When asked why she thought it was all right for her own bodyguard to carry a gun, she stated, “I don’t personally own a gun, but if you are qualified, licensed and registered, I have no problem.”
5 Jay Mohr
Shortly after the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013, comedian Jay Mohr decided to publish an informative, yet confusing “tweet” regarding gun control. "What bothers me most about today is that we're getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change,” is the “tweet” from Jay. Even though there were no guns involved during the massacre, Jay apparently believed that the second amendment and gun control would have made a difference in the outcome of the situation. He then posted two more “tweets” regarding the first comment, but neither one of those made much sense, either.
4 Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore is no stranger when it comes to public and political controversy. Michael has directed and produced several documentaries; one of which even won an Academy Award. In his documentaries, he has made it quite clear on where he stands on gun control and ownership. This includes the movie, Bowling for Columbine, in which Michael interviews others and goes into detail about the dangers of gun ownership and how easy it is to obtain one. This includes one scene where he goes into a bank and walks out with a hunting rifle that the bank is giving away for free to those who open an account.
According to an interview in The Guardian, Michael became a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 1999, in hopes that he could become the president of the group and eventually take it down. This proved to be too much work, so he created the movie Bowling for Columbine, instead. Michael is not completely against guns, he just wants there to be more rules when it applies to who gets them.
3 Danny Glover
Danny Glover is frequently acknowledged for his role as Roger Murtaugh from the Lethal Weapon movies, where he plays a police officer. During the film, he uses several guns, and is surely paid highly for his acting skills during the movie. But, according to several interviews with Danny, he is completely against anyone owning a gun in America. During one specific interview at the TransAfrica Forum benefit, Danny states, “I don’t own a gun and definitely not only gun control, we should abolish guns, the personal guns. That’s how far I’m willing to go.”
2 Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell has been a Hollywood actress for several years, including the television series Veronica Mars and played a sociopath in the show, Heroes. During Heroes, there are several scenes where Kristen uses a gun (as her character). During the filming of her current show, House of Lies, Kristen was caught in the middle of a rival gang shootout in South Central Las Angeles. Her bodyguards “took control of the situation,” and she was not harmed.
In 2013, Kristen “tweeted” a message publicly regarding guns and the NRA. She stated, "The @NRA needs mental health care," basically directing that statement at everyone who is a member of the National Rifle Association. She claims that she does not want to abolish the second amendment, but wants it so that not everyone can obtain a firearm in the United States.
1 Spike Lee
The Emmy-Award winning, Spike Lee has been known for his controversial movies and comments when it comes to violence. In 1999, Spike Lee reportedly made the comment that the NRA should be “disbanded,” and that the president, Charlton Heston should be “shot with a .44 bulldog.” Apparently, Spike said that it was supposed to be a joke, but many did not find that statement funny. He is currently on the NRA’s list of anti-gun supporters, and has made many mistakes when it comes to public speaking. Shortly after the shooting of the young man, Trayvon Martin, Spike had given out the address (through Twitter) of an elderly couple, stating that the shooter, George Zimmerman had resided there. The couple that lived there ended up having to file a lawsuit against Spike Lee, due to being fearful of their lives.
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