Norman Reedus, From Boondock Saints and Walking Dead – No “Reason to Have ‘Automatic Weapons’ at All”
Well, not gonna lie, this one makes me sad to write up. Also, this news is a little older, but it never really got much attention in the gun community from what I can tell.
Norman Reedus, who is best known for the roles of Murphy McManus in Boondock Saints series and currently Daryl Dixon on the Walking Dead, allegedly made a couple of anti-gun statements during interviews in 2013 following the Sandy Hook shooting.
According to Hollywood.com,
Reedus goes on to insist American politicians need to tighten the country’s gun laws to prevent another massacre like that at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where gunman Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six adults.
And according to The Daily Telegraph Australia Reedus made the following statement to them,
“I don’t feel there’s a real reason to have automatic weapons at all. I can understand the right to bear arms to some extent, but no one needs an automatic AK17 (gun) hanging in their truck. No way.”
Sigh. First off, what the heck is an AK17? Maybe it was a typo by the person transcribing the quote, who knows. Second, is he talking about actual NFA licensed full autos or semi-autos? Either way it shows and anti-gun bias towards certain types of firearms.
The comments from the Daily Telegraph seem to have been made directly to their entertainment department and the other story from Hollywood.com (which is also posted on dozens of other entertainment websites) seems to have been distributed by WENN, which is sort of like an Associated Press or Reuters style service for celebrity news.
Interestingly, here is a video of Reedus shooting a full auto M4 rifle shot on June 22, 2013, just a few months after he allegedly made these comments.
And here is a second video apparently made just a few months before the alleged comments, on July 29, 2012
Based on those videos and his alleged statement, “I can understand the right to bear arms to some extent,” it seems that he does support gun ownership to some extent, but it also sounds like he wants to see more gun control laws put in place, something I just can’t agree with. Reedus reportedly lives in New York City, where it’s not uncommon for residents to have anti-gun feelings due to the ridiculously strict gun laws there.
Once again, as mentioned, these comments are from 2013, so Norman, if you’ve changed your mind since then, by all means contact us and let us know.