Liam Neeson, known for his roles in action-packed movies, said there are too many guns in America even though he uses them in his movies.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the actor known for his use of weapons in films has taken a strange stance on the use of guns in America. He think that there are just too many, regardless of what his movies portray.
"There's too many [expletive] guns out there," Neeson told Gulf News at a Taken 3 presser in Dubai. "Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it's a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"
Neeson is most-known as the father, Bryan Mills, in the Taken series where he is constantly carrying and using guns to protect his family. Though he is constantly showing them off on television, Neeson thinks people should make sure they know the difference between ficiton and reality.
"A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it's fantasy. It's in the movies, you know? 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,'" he said.
And Neeson thinks he is living proof that just because it's on TV, doesn't mean people will become or do what they see.
"I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, 'Bang, bang, you're dead!' I didn't end up a killer. I think that's something the power of cinema can be," he said.