Actor Roger Moore died this week at the age of 89. May he RIP.
Moore was best known for playing “James Bond,” the British superspy with a licensed to kill, a preference for clear cocktails, “Shaken, not stirred,” a libido that makes Wilt Chamberlain look like a celibate priest, and an affection for the iconic Walther PPK pistol.
While Moore seemed to embrace the role of 007, there was one aspect of the character that he despised.
“Of course I do not regret the Bond days,” he said, according to the BBC. “I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent.”
Moore doubled down on those comments throughout his life. According to IMDB, he once said, “Today I am completely opposed to small arms and what they can do to children. I made a few bad movies.”
“I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don’t really believe in that sort of hero,” he added. “I was only a hero I had a script that said I was going to win. I don’t like guns.”
Like most Hollywood actors, Moore doesn’t seem to understand human nature. Sure, most of us are good people. But there are a few bad apples. And these bad apples are hellbent on harming others. Firearms are what keep those bad apples from ruining the entire bunch.
Seriously, firearms are a cornerstone of a free society. Without a right to keep and bear arms free people are at risk of becoming enslaved by government, exploited by criminals and victimized by killers.
During his life, Moore had the privilege to hate guns only because other men — real heroes — used firearms to protect our civilized world from those who sought to destroy it.