Not all of Hollywood is comprised of the Michael Moores, Leonardo DiCaprios or Julia Louis-Dreyfuses. Those are just among the more vocal (some might say obnoxious) among Tinseltown’s elite. But it doesn’t mean all of Hollywood speaks with one mind.
Take Bruce Willis, for example. Associated Press entertainment writer Ryan Pearson caught up with the action star while he was promoting the fifth offering of his popular “Die Hard” series, “A Good Day To Die Hard.”
The topic of conversation could have been anything under the sun, but it ended up touching on a subject on the entire nation’s mind ever since the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — gun control.
Willis’ concern is that if you begin limiting Second Amendment rights, it won’t be long before other rights begin toppling like a line of dominoes.
“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 said. ”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”
Many want to look for a causal connection between acts of violence and violent films, video games and even comic books. Willis doesn’t see it.
“No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that,” Willis said. “We’re not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn’t last very long at all.”
Willis added that although his heart goes out to the families of those slain at Sandy Hook, he doesn’t see how anything offered by lawmakers would have an effect on future gun violence.
“It’s a difficult thing, and I really feel bad for those families,” he said. “I’m a father, and it’s just a tragedy. But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.”
It sounds as though Will could very well have mirrored the words of William S. Burroughs: “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”
Read more at WTOP.com.
Although the following clip is mainly hype for Willis’s latest “Die Hard” film, it also contains snippets of the AP interview.
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