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Actor-comedian Jim Carrey sheds light on his gun-control comments

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In a Huffington Post blog post Tuesday night, Jim Carrey made an effort to clarify his gun-control remarks that have caused such a firestorm on social media recently.

Along with providing a list of the Twitter handles of every representative alphabetically by state, the actor and comedian provided some insight into why he advocates limiting the size of magazines and what he would give up just to prevent another massacre.

"These horrific events are also an invitation for us to become more civilized and to deal with our addiction and entitlement to violence," he wrote, clarifying that though he is from Canada, he is also a naturalized American citizen. "I care deeply about our future and I feel it's my duty as a citizen to do everything in my power to make this a better place."

"And to the bullies who will try to marginalize and discredit me by saying, 'Shut up, you're just an actor,' while they brag about what a great president the ACTOR Ronald Reagan was, who threaten me with the demise of my acting career and much worse, I say SO BE IT! How shallow do they think I am? I would trade my money, my fame, my reputation and legacy if there were the slightest chance of preventing the anguish of another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, or Sandy Hook Elementary School. I ask you, truly, what manner of human being would not?"

"These thugs, though menacing, are a minority but they will have their way if good people don't step forward now and make a difference," he continued. "Every American has the right to speak their mind. Every American has the right to bear arms. But it is up to every American to draw the line when it comes to the type of guns that are considered a reasonable means of self-defense."

The actor concludes by urging readers to contact their local representatives, because "[i]t won't always be someone else's kids in the line of fire."

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