Friday, February 8, 2013

Celebrities and Gun Control

Wondering how your favorite celebrity feels about gun-control? Law makers haven't been the only ones participating in the gun-control brawl in the nearly two months following the mass shooting in Newtown.

On Wednesday, Chris Rock and Amanda Peet joined a handful of other celebrities and legislators on Capital Hill.  The news conference, held by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, provided support for President Obama's gun-control plan. At the event, Rock had a few wise words to share with fellow Americans. "The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country," he said, asking congress to act, "and when your dad says something you listen, and when you don't it usually bites you in the ..."

Back in December, other famous-faces including Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, John Legend, and Selena Gomez joined forces with the Demand A Plan organization to create a video advocating for gun-control. "It's time for our leaders to act. Demand a plan," they urged.

The video went viral, but not all of the attention was positive. A mock-video was released shortly afterwards accusing the celebs of hypocrisy. The video, called "Demand A Plan? Demand Celebrities Go [Expletive] Themselves," shows a combination of clips from the original video followed by violent television and movie scenes featuring the stars. Jamie Foxx seems to have received the blunt of the blow for his extremely violent role in the movie "Django Unchained," released over the holidays.

Not all celebrities are supportive of the gun-control agenda, though.

While it's no surprise that outspoken republican and business man Donald Trump opposes gun-control, he does apparently support a ban on assault weapons.

Bruce Willis is also a strong defender of the Second Amendment. Willis, who is well know for his tough-guy persona in movies, says that although he feels bad for victims of gun violence, he doesn't think the laws will prevent shootings. It looks like there may be similar roles in the works for Willis, as he also told A.P. he doesn't believe violence in media has any correlation with violence in real life.

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