Actor Bruce Willis Opposes Obama's Gun-Control Proposal

Thursday, 07 Feb 2013 10:05 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Actor Bruce Willis, one of Hollywood's few conservatives, recently spoke out against the new gun-control laws that he fear will infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the 57-year-old actor, who is known for his tough-guy performances in films like the "Die Hard" series, shared his concerns about new laws that could restrict access to guns.

"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. If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?" asked Willis.

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President Barack Obama announced his proposals Jan. 25. They include closing background-check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands and banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Obama also proposed making schools safer by implementing more security guards as well as increasing access to mental-health services for students and teachers.

Willis made the statement while promoting his latest movie "A Good Day To Die Hard," which will premiere in theaters Feb. 14. The film is the fifth installment in the "Die Hard" series that started 25 years ago.

Willis also dismissed the notion that violence on the big screen inspires real-life gun violence.

"No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There's nothing to support that," Willis said. "We're not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn't last very long at all."

Willis is also skeptical about whether harsher legislation will prevent gun violence.

"It's a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families. 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 said.

An outspoken critic of President Bill Clinton, Willis endorsed both Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. He also spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention.

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Willis' gun control comments aren't the first time the actor has weighed in on political issues. In February 2006, reporters asked him what he thought of the Bush administration, to which he had a heated response reported by MSN.

"I'm sick of answering this f****** question," he said. "I'm a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop s******* on my money and your money and tax dollars that we give 50 percent of every year. I want them to be fiscally responsible and I want these g****** lobbyists out of Washington. Do that and I'll say I'm a Republican . . . I hate the government, OK? I'm apolitical. Write that down. I'm not a Republican."

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