Conservative actor voices support for ‘proper qualifications for gun ownership’

Famed conservative actor Jon Voight offered up the latest in his series of brief, impassioned addresses to the American people, this time diverging from the typical right-of-center position on the Second Amendment, with a proposal on “proper qualifications for gun ownership.”

An avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, the actor seemed at odds with the president’s reaction to the tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where 19 children and two teachers were murdered. Whereas Trump called for improved security measures at schools making them the “single hardest target in our country,” Voight sought to address access to firearms.

“We must identify every individual for their credentials, for their mental capacity to bear arms,” the actor implored. “There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership and proper testing. One should only own a gun if they’re qualified and schooled.”

Throughout his address, Voight attempted to make clear his belief that his proposal was not partisan but commonsense, stating, “It’s not about left, right, guns, no guns. This is about brains that are dysfunctioning. This is mental. This is not about healthy human beings serving the country with arms to bear or even the right of this Constitution for bearing arms.”

He even went as far as to suggest that not taking steps to address the mental health of would-be gun owners would be the downfall of the Second Amendment altogether.

“It is a right to use arms with proper purpose to defend one’s safety. We must not allow mental illness to take away our right to bear arms. This is about trusting the Constitution; our rights; our reason,” he contended.

Voight also lamented the tragic loss of life and the tragedy of ongoing abuse that he ascribed to the suspect’s upbringing that drove him to commit such evil.

“Oh, how my heart bleeds for all those lost. My soul cries – we must do something about these horrors that are taken out on innocent beings, humans who each have lives and years of life that they’re supposed to live. They’ve been taken down by insanity. These insane, inhuman, disturbed walking souls have grown up in households of abuse. These beings have been bullied and they take out their disturbances, their grief, their horror on innocent souls,” Voight said.

He further blamed the cultural rot pervasive throughout American society on those in office who simply don’t hold the same values as the average American, stating, “My fellow Americans, we’re living now in a world that has no remorse for wrongdoings because we’re being led by the worst in office. So let’s take a breath, let’s all ask God to make sure that we will never see this horror again in this lifetime.”

Trump had espoused similar notions in his speech to the National Rifle Association convention Friday where he stated, “Every time a disturbed or demented person commits such a hideous crime, there’s always a grotesque effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own political agenda.”

Of course, while the left saw this as an opportunity to suggest a fissure in conservative politics and use it as further support for their own radical agendas, they failed to acknowledge their own ever-present inconsistencies as little more than a week ago they were accusing the actor of needing psychiatric help for his previous video.

While Voight’s specific call to action may not be the standard for conservative-minded Americans, it at least holds a logical consistency that can be discussed on its merits rather than being forced by feelings as woke politicians so often do. As such, his overall message was also consistent with his outspoken beliefs on the importance of faith in our culture noting, “These innocent souls that were taken from each family are children of God and must remind us all that God will take home these angels and comfort them.”

In conclusion, he remarked, “I stand with all. I stand for freedom of each soul’s truths. I stand for God’s truths. I stand for one to be condemned for evil-doings and that they must pay a price. May God watch over all and bring comfort for this loss which may never heal, for each child was so precious a gift. And God will call on Jesus to pray for these families.”


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