Actor Liam Neeson is thrilled to rake in millions of dollars acting in violent films where vigilantism is at the core of the plot, but he doesn’t think that the American citizens who watch his movies should have a right to own guns.
Liam Neeson might be brandishing a gun on posters for Taken 3 all around town, but in light of the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, and ongoing protests against police brutality in America, the actor told tabloid! he’s still firmly in favour of gun control.
“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,” the 62-year-old said.
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” he continued. “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 is not only a gun-exploiting hypocrite, he’s factually wrong: despite utterly false propaganda from gun prohibionist group Moms Demand Action, there have only been a dozen or fewer attempted mass shootings of students by other students in the past year. The last time there was a mass shooting at a high school in the United States was October 24, 2014, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.*
The last attempted mass shooting on a college campus was the Strozier Library shooting at Florida State University on November 20, 2014, where a deranged alumnus wounded several people before being shot to death by police. Ironically, one of the three students wounded in the incident was a leader of Students for Concealed Carry At Florida State, and he had a clear shot at his attacker, if he had been allowed to carry his concealed weapon on campus.
* Some attempt to claim that a gang shooting in Portland, Oregon near an alternative school was a “school shooting,” but it’s a stretch to make that claim when the people shot were on the street and only fled to the school after the shooting.