Actor and director Mel Gibson jumped into the gun debate, albeit obliquely, in a recent interview with Fox News while promoting his new movie “Hacksaw Ridge.”
When asked about the issue, the 60-year-old movie star said, “Well, I understand where it comes from, the right to bear arms because the Revolution and that stuff and tyranny and the right to defend yourself, and I still agree with that, but it’s kind of out of balance at the moment.”
“…Something has to be done in order to stop some of the heinous violence that has [occured] just like sporadically and shockingly…,” he continued.
When prompted for specific solutions, Gibson didn’t offer any.
“I don’t know what the answer to that is…,” he explained. “It’s going to take someone smarter than me to figure that out.”
To be fair, Gibson didn’t parrot the usual cliches about “background checks” and “bans on assault weapons.” Maybe he is smart enough to recognize his own ignorance on the subject or maybe he just didn’t want to prompt pro-gunners into boycotting his new film by voicing support for a specific anti-gun policy measure.
Then again, maybe Gibson is open to non-conventional solutions to combat violence, such as getting rid of gun-free zones and empowering more law-abiding citizens to rely less on government and take responsibility for their own safety by exercising their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Doubtful, but who knows.
In any event, Gibson’s new movie “Hacksaw Ridge” highlights the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a U.S. Army corporal and combat medic who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII.
Doss was a conscientious objector to the war due to his faith as a Seventh-day Adventist. He refused to carry a firearm or kill an enemy soldier. Nevertheless, Doss served heroically, transporting 75 wounded men to safety, one-by-one, during the Battle of Okinawa.