Democrat politicians who are agitating for changes to the constitution in order to ban guns must be viewed as “tyrants in waiting” according to Samuel L. Jackson, who says “America doesn’t have a gun problem, we have a people problem.“
In a week when senior Democrats including Barack Obama made pleas for new rules to limit gun ownership in the wake of the Florida school shooting, Jackson spoke up to defend US citizens’ right to bear arms.
The 69-year-old said carrying a weapon was a “natural” way for Americans to defend themselves and their property against “the evil forces in society that won’t magically go away just because you ban guns.”
Samuel L. Jackson recalled how he grew up surrounded by “plenty of guns” in rural Tennessee, “and we never had any problems. We respected each other. We respected the guns.
“When I was in high school we had plenty of guns around. Boys were boys and we had fights. But nobody ever reached for a gun. Nobody ever shot up the school. What happened? Did the guns change, or did the people change?
“The problems we are facing in 2018 aren’t down to guns. Don’t give me that bullshit.“
Asked why “many Americans, from coast to coast” think the country does have a gun problem, Samuel L. Jackson replied:
“I think you’ll find it’s not people from coast to coast. It’s people on the coast. A lot of people who don’t live in the real world are finding it easier to blame an inanimate object than address the real problems.”
This isn’t the first time Samuel L. Jackson has expressed his opposition to gun control.
Speaking to the Times, Jackson said he had continued exercising his constitutional right to carry a gun after becoming a famous actor. “I am not an unarmed citizen now,” he said.
Jackson, the star of Tarantino films including Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, added that he would use his gun against anyone trying to break into his home. He said he would tell any intruder: “Get the fuck out of my house. I have a gun,” adding that if the warning was ignored “a big tongue of fire will come out of the end of this weapon”.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012, Jackson also told an interviewer: “I don’t think it’s about more gun control.”