Actor Liam Neeson, star of the hit Taken movies, recently commented on the terrorist attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. He took the opportunity to rail against gun ownership as well.
“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.”
In Neeson's mind, not only did the attack provide the perfect platform to push the gun-control agenda; it primed him to take a shot at America:
“There’s too many [expletive] 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 [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
In the three Taken movies, Neeson stars as former CIA operative Bryan Mills. In the first of the series, the gun-wielding Mills sets out to rescue his daughter, who has been kidnapped by human traffickers for sexual slavery.
Neeson not only believes that movies featuring guns don't encourage people to buy guns and commit crimes, he completely misses the irony in the fact that he unabashedly makes millions of dollars starring in movies that feature good guys with guns.
“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know.
It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’
Is it just me, or is there just a bit of hypocrisy going on here?
Either way, the Washington Post summarized France's tough gun-control laws:
There is no right to bear arms for the French, and to own a gun, you need a hunting or sporting license which needs to be repeatedly renewed and requires a psychological evaluation.
WaPo (not exactly a conservative publication) asked the obvious question:
“Why didn't France's gun laws save the Charlie Hebdo victims?”
And speaking of America's guns, why don't Chicago's strict gun control laws, among the toughest in the nation, save the hundreds people gunned down in the streets of the Windy City every year?
By the way, if Liam Neeson had worked for Charlie Hebdo, would he have wished he had a gun when the attack began? I suspect the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Even if he will never admit it.