Samuel L. Jackson supports gun ownership
Samuel L. Jackson has been left baffled by the tragic case of Trayvon Martin but insists Americans must retain the right to bear arms.
Martin, 17, was shot dead by neighbourhood watch co-ordinator George Zimmerman in a gated community in Florida in February, and the case made headlines around the world as the teenager was unarmed.
Zimmerman was not initially arrested as he claimed he acted in self-defence under the state's "stand your ground" law after Martin attacked him, but he was later charged with second-degree murder and released on bail.
Jackson has branded the law that initially protected Zimmerman "bulls**t" and has called for tough penalties for those who kill - but he still believes in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives all citizens the right to bear arms.
The Pulp Fiction star tells Seven magazine, "Who are these people running around the community with guns, pretending to be cops, who have a right to shoot somebody because of this bulls**t law? What's untenable is that nobody put the guy who shot this kid in custody (immediately). (But) I dont mind people having guns, I grew up with guns in Tennessee."
Asked if he still owns a firearm, Jackson replies, "Hell yeah. I'm not going to be the one without the gun when the people who have guns show up."
what do you think?
Aren't we lucky to live in a country where members of the public don't walk around armed and ready to shoot you dead any time they have a bad day.
yep we are. No where near as many shootings in this country compared to the U.S. Daft Yanks
You're joking, Geoff, right? Members of the public ARE walking around armed and ready to shoot you; they're called criminals, and they know their law-abiding victims (presumably including yourself) have been disarmed for their convenience. And when that event happens, your only response will be to die, because your culture does not recognize self-defense as a "natural, fundamental, unalienable ... civil right subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility" (see <a href="http://www.lneilsmith.org/liberalc.html)." rel='nofollow'>http://www.lneilsmith.org/liberalc.html).</a>
"[H]e still believes in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives all citizens the right to bear arms." The Second Amendment doesn't "give" us the right to bear arms, it recognizes the right as pre-existing, and prohibits the government from infringing it. According to the Supreme Court (U.S. v. Cruikshank), the right doesn't depend on any written instrument for its existence, it exists independent of the Constitution.
If i have learn anything from the movies, it is that if someone pulls a gun on you just say, "Lets do this like men" They instantly drop the gun and you fight it out the good old fashioned way.