Liam Neeson went was discussing the recent Paris shootings when he digressed into a bit of a rant about gun laws.
The 62-year-old actor said. “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,” Liam said during an interview in Dubai this week.
“There’s too many f**king guns out there. 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 f**king disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'”
Estimates suggest that there are somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns in the US. That averages out to one per every man, woman and child.
Neeson denied claims that films featuring guns such as his own “Taken” series, encourage people to buy guns, saying: “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.”
This isn’t the first time the Ireland born actor has discussed his feelings on guns. When speaking to The Independent last September he said, “I am totally for gun control in the U.S.,” he said. “The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying.”
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It seems a shame to talk about Liam Neeson and not include a clip. Here’s his old but gold sketch with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis on Life’s Too Short