Hollywood movie star Liam Neeson is not a fan of the Second Amendment, despite the fact that many of the roles he’s played as of late depict him as a good guy with a gun saving the day.
In an interview with The Independent, the 62-year-old Ireland native and current New York resident was unequivocal about his support for rolling back gun rights for law-abiding Americans.
“I am totally for gun control in the US. The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying,” explained Neeson.
“Every day we’re seeing some kid running rampant in a school. And do you know what the gun lobby’s response to Newtown was?” he asked, referring to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The National Rifle Association’s official response was ‘If that teacher had been armed…’ It’s crazy,” Neeson continued. “I’ll give Britain its dues, when they had the Dunblane massacre in Scotland, within 24 hours the gun laws were changed so you could not have a handgun.”
Neeson believes that the founders and framers of the constitution would be deeply disappointed if they knew how the courts have come to interpret the Second Amendment, i.e. as an individual right not contingent upon militia service.
“It is the right to bear arms which is the problem,” said Neeson. “I think if the Founding Fathers knew what was happening they would be turning in their graves with embarrassment at how that law has been interpreted.”
Obviously, Neeson is sorely mistaken. Evidence that the founders and framers supported one’s individual right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense and to protect against government tyranny is rather abundant in historical texts and documents. But Neeson is a hack, he wouldn’t think to look beyond the anti-2A narrative propagated by his pals in Hollywood.