In la-la land when tend to think in terms of Liberals and Conservatives, we find that Liberals are far and away more numerous in the acting profession than Conservatives. That seems pretty clear, though I feel many right leaners tend to stay quiet about their views in order to have a career and I won’t fault them for that.
But here is the funny thing, the right to keep and bear arms is not a Liberal v Conservative issue (though it often falls that way), it is a control v freedom issue and many of my friends who are center left have come to embrace gun ownership as part of the American identity. While we may not agree on healthcare, taxes or any other big government socialist like agenda’s we come together on the 2nd Amendment.
It is the notion of freedom and control of one’s own destiny that has seen a large increase in gun ownership in both women and liberals.
It comes at no surprise then that there are many actors in Hollywood that keep themselves armed. So long as they don’t pull the traditional liberal hypocrisy of saying THEY deserve to be armed while the peons should go without, I will not fault them for their other misguided notions for they got the most important one right.
Of course you have the Tom Selleck‘s of the world who are notable in their support of the 2nd Amendment and an open supporter of the NRA and the Luke Bryan‘s (country singer) who is the co-owner of Buck Commander.
But then you have some other stars who you may be surprised to know take gun ownership and protecting their family personally.
Stars like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Jolie: “Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one. And yes, I’d be able to use it if I had to… If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.”
Pitt: “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange, but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.”
Very sensible opinion. Now, do I expect the couple to go out and campaign against the SAFE Act, or lobby the federal government to do away with Title II requirements? No. But I know a lot of “traditional” gun owners who don’t believe in the individuals right to own so called “assault” weapons. I think Pitt and Jolie have the understanding of the basis of gun ownership and in Hollywood that’s a pretty big step.
Other Hollywood stars offering different logical views on guns:
James Earl Jones: “The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
Christian Slater offers up a classic: “It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.”
And while we have country singers who one would traditionally view as pro gun such as Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, Lambert takes on a very Libertarian view on the whole thing;
Lambert: “I carry a weapon. I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared. But I don’t want bodyguards. I am my own security.”
While some personalities have grown with the idea of the 2nd Amendment others have had the ephiphany dawn on them in dramatic fashion such as The View’s co-host Sherri Shepherd:
Shepherd (after being the victim of a home invasion): “I have nothing, a bat, nothing. We’re going to get a gun.”
But bar none the Hollywood Star that spoke about gun control is the Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood: “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
Now that is sensible gun control I can get behind.