'Dark Knight Rises' shooting: Ice-T and Jason Alexander speak out
After the horrific shooting in Colorado on Friday, the national conversation has turned toward our gun laws, and whether or not stricter gun control rules should be in place. And when a celebrity shares an opinion on something as controversial as firearms, it’s sure to create a few headlines.
On one side of the issue, there’s rapper/actor Ice-T, who said in an interview over the weekend, “The right to bear arms is because it’s the last form of defense against tyranny,” and “If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it.” After the interview, he followed-up on Twitter, writing, “If you go into the jungle…. Will you NOT get eaten because you’re a vegan??”
Earlier, Jason Alexander drew his own headlines when he tweeted on Saturday, “I cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacre. It’s a military weapon. Why should it be in non-mil hands?”
Naturally, that tweet drew a lot of response, and Alexander retweeted a lot of the negative feedback directed at him. Later, Alexander posted a lengthy follow-up, which you can read in full here. In part, he writes, “So, sorry those of you who tell me I’m an actor, or a has-been or an idiot or a commie or a liberal and that I should shut up….But this is not the time for reasonable people, on both sides of this issue, to be silent. We owe it to the people whose lives were ended and ruined yesterday to insist on a real discussion and hopefully on some real action.”