Actor Liam Neeson, who stars in the new flick Taken 3, is facing sharp criticism – including from the firearms supplier of the film – for comments he made about firearms in the United States.
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“There’s too many f***ing guns out there,” Neeson said. “Especially in America. I think the population is like 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns privately owned in America,” Neeson said. “Every week now, we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’
As International Business Times noted, (SPOILER) Neeson’s character – Bryan Mills – will be framed for the killing of his former wife Lenore, played by Famke Janssen.
The former CIA operative then escapes from police custody and meets his daughter Kim [Maggie Grace] at UCLA. He evades the CIA and FBI and flees from the scene and vows to track down the real killers using skills.
The acclaimed film star made similar comments in September in an interview with The Independent. “I am totally for gun control in the U.S.,” he said. “The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying.”
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Still, Neeson defended the paradox of his gun stance and his role in the movie. “A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge – it’s fantasy,” he argued.
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.’
PARA Ordnance – a gun manufacturer who provided firearms for the film – expressed their displeasure with Neeson’s comments on their Facebook Page Thursday:
PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film Taken 3. While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties.
We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects. Further, we encourage our partners and friends in the firearms industry to do the same.
Many on Twitter shared PARA’s sentiments, some even using #BoycottTaken3:
h/t: Bearing Arms