Liam Neeson called gun ownership in America a “f—-ing disgrace” while speaking Monday in Dubai to promote the gun-packed vigilante film “Taken 3.”
Speaking at the film’s press conference in Dubai, the Irish-born actor declared, “There are too many f—-ing guns out there, especially in America,” the Huffington Post reported.
“I think the population is, like, 320 million? There are over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a f—-ing disgrace,” said Mr. Neeson, a U.S. resident. “Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”
The actor defended his role as Bryan Mills in the “Taken” trilogy, coughing it up to just fantasy.
“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know?” he said, The Washington Post reported. “I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean they’re all going to go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’”
Second Amendment groups accused Mr. Neeson of being hypocritical.
“The rank hypocrisy of an actor who uses guns in his films and attacks gun ownership at the same time is way over the top. I guess you don’t need brains to act. All you have to do is read the script,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, The Huffington Post reported.