In a recent interview with the St. Louis Dispatch, movie star Christopher Walken shared his thoughts on guns, gun culture and self-defense.
If you’re a Walken fan, I suppose there’s reason to be disappointed.
That is to say, the 69-year-old actor is no Brad Pitt when it comes to guns (for Brad Pitt’s impressive wisdom on the 2nd Amendment, click here).
Here’s an excerpt from the interview, which was in promotion of his latest film “Seven Psychopaths.”
Movie Critic Joe Williams: In this movie, you are a relatively nonviolent con man. In real life, have you ever fired a gun, even at a practice range?
Christopher Walken: No, no, of course not. I’ve done it a lot in movies, but there are too many guns in the real world. I know people with guns, and they always say the same thing. “If somebody breaks into my house, I have to be able to defend myself.” But what they’re really saying is, “I hope somebody breaks into my house so I can use this thing.” It’s so wrong. The most pornographic, obscene thing I’ve ever seen is the Hunters Channel on cable TV. These guys take their 10-year-old kids to kill their first deer, and afterward they sit around giggling like schoolgirls. Guns are out of control. Soon we won’t be able to go to movie theaters without passing through a metal detector.
I think what bothers me the most about Walken’s response is that he propagates a common myth that gun owners are wannabe vigilantes, that we are actively seeking confrontation. Perhaps, that our dream is to kill another human being.
Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. Every gun owner I know prays that they never have to use their gun on another. Most gun owners take the classic mindset of preparing for the worst, but always hoping for the best, i.e. that precarious encounters end peacefully.
Yet, to the pro-gun control crowd, being prepared is somehow tantamount to being pernicious, to having bloodlust. Quite honestly, I have no idea how they conflate responsible vigilance and preparedness with wayward vigilantism (do you?).
If you’re a hunter, you’re probably especially miffed at Walken. The idea that we “giggle like schoolgirls” upon killing an animal is crazy. Every hunter I know has a deep and profound respect for nature. And they take great care, when possible, to mitigate the suffering of their prey.
Also, the line, “guns are out of control” is ridiculous. There are more gun owners living in America than ever before and all but one state (Illinois) has legalized concealed carry. The result? Violent crime has been on the decline for the past two decades. Clearly, putting more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens does not increase crime.
While I’m still a fan of Mr. Walken’s work (one has to admit, he’s one hell of a character actor), I’m little disappointed that he’s so delusional when it comes to gun owners and gun culture. Of course, he’s never struck me as a serious thinker or someone who’s really in touch with the plight of the common man.
What do you think? Does this info change the way you feel about Walken?