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Hollywood actors have no problem profiting off films depicting the use of guns, but they haven’t always supported the Second Amendment rights of America to keep and bear arms.
However, a few Hollywood elites are not blindly following the liberal sheep when it comes to guns. A number of celebrities have spoken out in support of guns.
Here’s a look at 12 celebrities who have expressed pro-gun views:
1. Brad Pitt admitted to owning his first gun at an early age.
“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” Pitt said. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”
“America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA,” he said. “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.”
2. Bruce Willis responded to mass shootings by rejecting gun control. “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.”
“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?”
3. Miranda Lambert is a well-known, lifetime NRA member.
“My dad was a police officer, so early on I was taught gun safety, what guns were for, how to use them and when not to touch them,” she said. “I’ve just grown up around them, so it’s my normal. I’m a girl, I travel a lot by myself, and I like to carry to protect myself. I know everybody has an opinion on it and it’s polarizing, but for me it’s just a way of life.”
4. Vince Vaughn is known as an outspoken Libertarian. He has expressed supporting for arming teachers to help prevent school shootings.
“Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat,” Vaughn said. “Taking away guns, drugs, booze … It won’t rid the world of criminality.”
5. Chris Pratt has open up about guns and the fact he likes hunting.
Pratt openly shares his hunting exploits on social media as well as his Christian faith. He has supported Americans being able to protect themselves and their families.
Here are a few more pro-gun celebs via Daily Wire:
The “Magnum, P.I.” veteran is the most famous NRA member not named Charlton or Heston. In fact, Selleck stepped down from his position on the NRA’s Board of Directors in 2018 after a 13-year run due to his busy work schedule.
The star of CBS’s “Blue Bloods” famously tussled over gun rights on Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show back in 1999. The former “Queen of Nice” turned on Selleck, who eventually responded by saying she was questioning his humanity.
“It’s part of our Constitution. You know, 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.”
“We used to say when I grew up, ‘Guns don’t kill, a cold heart kills.’” The real question we should be asking ourselves, he said, is “what makes these kids hearts grow cold and decide this is an answer?”
A year earlier, paparazzi snapped pics of Duff walking out of a Culver City gun shop with a Glock case and ammo. She also completed a handgun safety certificate as part of the process.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with [guns] as a kid, but as I got older I got a look at what our soldiers, law enforcement, first responders and people of that ilk,” Cain said. “The Second Amendment is about freedom-fighting against tyranny, self-defense. Living in this world and traveling, I’m learning what the world is about and I see how important the Second Amendment is. You wouldn’t have the First Amendment without the Second Amendment. Watch what’s happening in Venezuela. People say that could never happen here — baloney.”
The hard-charging rocker shouts his love for guns from any rooftop he can find. The man behind hits like “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Wango Tango” starred in The Discovery Channel’s “Ted Nugent’s Gun Country” and promotes the NRA on social media and elsewhere.
“The Second Amendment wasn’t put in for hunting .. the whole idea was to protect the individual from a tyrannical government,” he said while promoting “The Reliant.”
“I talk to people that hate guns, too … I say, ‘what would happen if a guy breaks into your house and is ready to kill you?’ … you’d do anything to protect yourself and your family. So don’t kid me and say guns are such a horrible thing. There’s more people being killed by knives and other things than guns.”