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.
9 Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell is against gun control legislation. He's also one of the few with a logical argument against legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Marc Anthony
3 Bruce Willis
This is one selection that is no surprise, considering the violent movies in which Bruce Willis appears.
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.
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."
Sources: GQ, Hollywood Elsewhere, E Online, Los Angeles Times,
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