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Chris Rock received death threats over gun stance


Comedian Chris Rock was inundated with death threats after he called for tighter legislation for gun control. The funnyman reveals his email inbox was flooded with abuse last year after he spoke at an event in Washington, D.C. to back a campaign demanding stricter rules to govern the sale of weapons in the U.S. following a number of mass shootings.

During an appearance on U.S. TV show "Chelsea Lately," Rock insisted the experience had made him wary of supporting the cause in public again. He told host Chelsea Handler, "I'm not like, 'Get rid of all the guns'... I just don't think people should have machine guns in their house. Is that too much? Same way I can't drive a NASCAR (race car) down Sunset Boulevard (in Los Angeles) because there are regulations, maybe we should have some gun regulations... "(I received all these) crazy emails... (saying) 'I'll kill you b**tard. I'll shoot you in the head!' I was like, you know what? This ain't (sic) worth it. I don't need this... You need a machine gun to go against the gun people... You'll never see me talk against anything for the rest of my life. If you see me talking about a cause, they are giving me a cheque. If you see me against a disease, I got it."

Jun 28, 2014 10:25AM
The really sad thing here is that it's the nuts making the threats that have the anti gun folks pushing for more control and making the vast majority of gun owners who aren't a problem look bad. 

Here is something a lot of the nuts who are threatening folks who say anything anti-gun are forgetting; they are screaming that someone is trying to take away their Second Amendment rights and they are making threats to take away the anti-gun folks First Amendment rights. 

I have owned guns for nearly 60 years.  I don't like the idea of anyone advocating regulating the guns out of my home, but I am not going to try to stop them from saying what the feel.  In fact, if it came down to it, I would gladly defend their right to advocate anti-gun regulations because that is their Constitutionally given right.

Jun 28, 2014 11:30AM
"Hm, someone advocating tighter gun control. How should we respond to this? I know, let's act like unstable ****s! That will surely work out for the best!"

Pathetic. People that send actual death threats over something like this are ill mannered children with poor impulse control that shouldn't be allowed near sharp objects, much less firearms. It makes all the actual, responsible gun owners look bad and proves negative stereotypes that are harmful to the cause they're supporting. 

Let's do a little exercise. When you're about to type something up or send something that's threatening over someone rationally speaking their opinion, how about instead you just stick a letter opener in your eye and save us all the trouble of you one day accidently shooting one of your inbred children or yourself and causing more trouble. 

Jun 28, 2014 10:15AM
Funny thing is.. that people don't have machine guns in their homes.... Or assault rifles. Seeing as these firearms were strictly regulated back in 1934. EIGHTY years ago.  Eighty years and people still have no idea what they are talking about. 

Funny also that Chris Rock's death threats get national media attention, but the people who have opposed nonsensical laws like magazine capacity limits (which do not even attempt to curb crime or mass shootings) received loads of death threats, but the media just doesn't care. 
I guess your life only matters if you are on the correct (though in this case, extremely ignorant) side of the political question.
Jun 28, 2014 11:17AM
I wish he would publish the emails. Someone will know who those b**** are. One thing has to be clarified. You cannot buy a machine gun or any automatic weapon. So using fear and inaccurate information kind of destroys his argument.

We have many laws on the books but the feds and states fail to enforce many of the laws. Maybe instead of more laws and bans lets enforce what we have get NICX functioning properly. 

If you look at the recent mass shooting they are conducted by individuals that have mental issues. The federal law already prohibits such people from buying a firearm. The problem is the ACLU and their defense of those with mental illness.

Fix that part of the law.
Jun 28, 2014 10:05AM
Sadly for thi nation, this is the way gun advocacy proceeds.
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