Liam Neeson has risen to stardom with roles like Bryan Mills in “Taken” — the good guy with the gun who saves the day. So his recent comments on the terrorist attacks in Paris might surprise you.
“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,” he said. “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,’” he added.
Many have said the opposite about the France attacks, that strict gun control laws left the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists sitting ducks with no means of defense against AK-47-wielding extremists.
Neeson thinks that’s fantasy.
“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!’” he said.