Bruce Willis has a new action hero role: defender of the 2nd Amendment.
Willis told the Associated Press that he opposes new gun control laws and said he fears that such tinkering will lead to an erosion of citizen rights.
“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis told the Associated Press as part of the promotional tour for his new film, “A Good Day to Die Hard.”
“If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?” he told the news service.
Willis’ decision to speak openly on such a controversial topic is unusual. Celebrities don’t usually wade into politically charged commentary, especially when they’re promoting a movie. But then, what else would you expect from the man who plays wisecracking New York City cop John McClane in the “Die Hard” films?
Willis’ comments come in sharp contrast to those made recently by fellow action star Sylvester Stallone. Stallone told the Associated Press that he supported new gun control legislation and would like the see the ban on assault weapons reinstated.
Willis dismissed the idea of a connection between real-life violence and the type of violence depicted in the entertainment world — including his action films.
“No one commits a crime because they saw a film,” Willis told the Associated Press. “There’s nothing to support that.”
Willis suggested that quick fixes — such a new gun control laws passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook, Conn., massacre — cannot prevent future mass shootings.
“It’s a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families,” Willis said. “I’m a father and it’s just a tragedy. But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.”
Willis’ new movie, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” opens Feb. 14. The latest installment marks the 25th anniversary of the “Die Hard” franchise. In the film, McClane travels to Moscow to bail out his wayward son, only to learn he’s actually a CIA operative trying to stop a nuclear weapons heist.
No doubt, the one-liners will be flying along with bullets.
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