These 13 Celebs Are Pro-Gun And Proud
You'll be surprised by some of these names.
From Christina Grimmie to the 49 innocent lives lost at Pulse nightclub, gun control is heavy on everyone's thoughts, minds, and timelines. So much so that the country is currently battling it out in the Senate: as a fillibuster just forced the GOP to concede to a vote on the controversial laws. Still, the topic is heavy and complex-- and, believe it or not, it's not just Republicans who are pro-gun.
Here are 13 celebrities who have admitted to being pro-gun and proud—although not all of them believe automatic or semi-automatic weapons should be legal.
1. Samuel L. Jackson
Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, in which 20 children were fatally shot and killed, Samuel L. Jackson said the following to the Los Angeles Times: ”I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”
2. Jennifer Lawrence
This one came as a bit of a surprise, but I'd say she hasn't said enough to determine if she's also for or against gun control just yet. In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence came under fire for saying "Screw PETA!" after a squirrel-skinning controversy following her performance in The Hunger Games. But in the same breath, she admitted that her most prized future looks like "having a nice house with a big dog and a shotgun" to Rolling Stone. Pro-gunners worldwide rejoiced. Squirrels have yet to release a statement about the ordeal.
3. Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony holds a conceal-carry permit, which is only for individuals who "prove a documented threat or who routinely carry large amounts of cash or valuables," according to the NY Daily News. That said, he's a huge Hillary supporter.
4. Ice T.
Rapper and actor, Ice T, is pro-gun as well. "I'll give up my gun when everybody else does," he said. “The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police...If somebody wants to kill people, they don't need a gun to do it," he continued. Watch in full below.
5. Demi Moore
Demi Moore has never out-right said she's pro-gun, but actions speak louder than words. Her ex-husband, Ashton Kutcher, basically outed her in 2005 when he tweeted the picture below with the caption, "This is why we don't mess with Mrs Kutcher.'"
According to DailyMail, he also admitted that the both of them bought guns together. "It's also good for when the girls [Moore's three daughters] bring boys back to the house; I take them out and show them how to shoot," he said. "I actually took this boy that Scout was dating out at our place in Idaho and I would, like, carry the gun around at my side at all times just so he knew...subtle hints," he joked.
The sentiments from Demi appear to be the same: she even bought her daughter Rumer a gun-shaped cake for her daughter's 26th birthday.
6. Johnny Depp
The hunk of a superstar Johnny Depp has also admitted to being pro-gun, which was bred in him when he was a young child. According to StarPulse. “We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns," he said in 2009. "When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren’t shooting at humans – we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice.”
7. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg is another one who loves her some Second Amendment. In 2009, she told John Stossell that she's a member of the NRA. When asked if she was holding, she replied: "You don't want to find out." Later, she spoke to Rand Paul about gun control. "I'm a gun owner," she said. "I don't mind that you know I own a gun. You can come to my house and look for it... I don't understand why anyone objects to getting rid of automatic weapons. Automatic weapons do nothing. They're only there to kill. And you'll notice that a lot of things that happened, happened with automatic weapons. We see that. Who really needs to have that other than people who are at war?"
8. James Earl Jones
"I am a member of the National Rifle Association, but not a political member," said James Earl Jones. Although it was falsely rumored that he's a devout NRA-activist, he's actually just pro-gun. "I just throw the political mail from the NRA into the trash," he said in his autobiography Voices and Silences. "Charlton Heston campaigns on behalf of the NRA. He says, "Here I stand.' When it comes to the right wing politics of the NRA, I don't get into that. I just believe in my right to have a gun in my house. Ceci [wife Cecilia Hart], on the other hand, is a member of the anti-gun lobby, so we pretty much cancel each other out."
9. Miranda Lambert
“I carry a weapon," Miranda Lambert told Self magazine in 2012. "I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared. But I don’t want bodyguards. I am my own security.”
Lambert was even spotted wearing these gun-and-holster shoes at the Country Music Awards earlier this year.
10. Ben Affleck
Although left-leaning politically, Ben Affleck is a vocal supporter of the Bill of Right, and is not a fan of gun control. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly in 2004, he said: "Yes, I would say I'm a moderately liberal guy. I mean, there are things that I agree with the Democratic Party. There are things I don't...I'm not a big gun control guy. I believe in all the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment."
11. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt got his first gun in Kindergarten, according to Today. "The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon," he said. "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.”
12. Angelina Jolie
Following suit is Pitt's wife, the long-time humanitarian and superstar blockbuster powerhouse herself, Angelina Jolie.
“I bought original, real guns of the type we used in Tomb Raider for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one," she said. "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.”
13. Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis claims that he's a pacifist, but he's also admitted to getting violent whenever necessary. Speaking to USA Weekend in 2000, he said: "Everyone has a right to bear arms. If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys." Even after the Sandy Hook massacre, Willis went on record saying, “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?”