Movie star Liam Neeson is once again criticizing gun ownership in the U.S.
While talking to Gulfnews.com in an effort to promote the release of “Taken 3” (see trailer below) the actor addressed the terrorist attacks in Paris while bashing Americans for their love of the Second Amendment.
“First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I’ve got a lot of dear friends in Paris,” said the 62-year-old.
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” he went on. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
Neeson rejected the ideas that the action roles he plays in movies glorifies violence or encourages individuals to buy firearms.
“I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, ‘Bang, bang, you’re dead!’ I didn’t end up a killer. I think that’s something the power of cinema can be,” he said.
“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’,” he explained.