- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

The frontman of the California thrash metal band Slayer opened up a song in Switzerland Monday night by advocating for private gun ownership.

Before playing “Mandatory Suicide,” a song littered with gun references, bassist and vocalist Tom Araya stressed the importance of arming oneself.

“Is it true that every household has to own a rifle or a gun?” he asked the Prattein crowd, Guns.com reported. “No? I thought everybody was supposed to have a rifle or a gun in their home. It’s not right? How else are you gonna defend your country?

“Where you are in the world, you need to protect yourselves,” he continued. “Not from each other, but from invaders. And you know what I’m talking about, right? You should be aware of your invaders — people who come here to do you harm. That’s not right. You should be able to protect and defend your country. That’s the way it should be everywhere. ‘Cause when you don’t have anything to protect yourself or your fellow countrymen, what happens? People [expletive] die. They do! Don’t they? Yeah. Did you see it going on?

“I’m not gonna name names, but you can see what’s going on in other countries” he said. “‘Cause they can’t protect themselves. And that’s what I’m talking about: being able to protect yourself and your fellow countrymen and your [expletive] country. I’m being serious, man. This isn’t a [expletive] joke. You know, it really sucks to know that other people die, because you can’t protect them. That [expletive] sucks.”

*Warning: Video contains explicit language*

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