Mr. Neeson's remarks regarding the private ownership of firearms have annoyed the company that supplies him guns for his movie roles... where the characters he portrays do a lot of shooting.
"There's just too many... guns out there," Neeson told Dubai's Gulf News last week. "Especially in America."This despite the fact that French gun laws disarmed everybody except the killers at the Charlie Hebdo atrocity.
He continued: "I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America.
"I think it's a disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"
Neeson made his comments in reply to a question about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier in the month.
But does the never-ending stream of Hollywood bang bang movies perhaps have anything to do with people shooting each other?
"I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, 'Bang, bang, you're dead!' I didn't end up a killer," he [Neeson] said."Naw, that's cwaaaayzy tawk!" Mr. Neeson is pleased to have it both ways in the same conversation. Constant media propaganda about shooting guys for revenge has no effect on society, but the mere existence of guns in private hands is a "disgrace".
"A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it's fantasy."
So, nothing new here then. Same old Hollywood bullshit, different day.
PARA USA said Neeson's comments reflected a "cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties".That's PARA Ordinance, a formerly Canadian company that according to Wiki is based out of North Carolina these days but maintains a factory in Scarborough Ontario. How they manage that I can't imagine, but they do.
On their Facebook page, the company added: "We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects."
|Free plug for PARA Ordinance, they're purty.|
Faced with that particular fact, Mr. Liam Neeson would I think be struck dumb by the implications. I'm sure the best retort he'd be able to muster would be "RAAAAACIST!!!"... Most gun deaths are urban homicides - maybe four a week in Chicago. In fact, eleven American cities – Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Los Angeles, Jacksonville (Fla.), Miami, Orlando, Omaha, Atlanta, Aurora, IL, and Dallas, account for over 70% of all American gun homicides – with a weekly rate of nearly 30 shootings.
Narrowing further, according to the 2013 DOJ crime statistics, 53% of all US homicides are committed by black young men (15 to 30) in urban violence with handguns. Blacks are about 14% of US population; but young black men are about 13% of the total black population. So, 13 X 14 = 1.82, less than 2% of our population commits more than half of all American gun murders. Thus, a very small percent of the US population commits most gun homicides. There are no recorded comments about this circumstance from CNN or the New York Times however.