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Bruce Willis is the latest veteran action star returning to theaters this year, following in Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone’s footsteps. Like his colleagues, Willis has been asked to weigh in on the gun debate, which has heated up in the wake of the Newtown and Aurora tragedies.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the A Good Day To Die Hard star says that he opposes any new laws that might infringe on the Second Amendment.
“I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone,” Willis, 57, said. “If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?”
When it comes to a possible connection between Hollywood gun violence and real violence, Willis says he doesn’t see a connection. “No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There's nothing to support that,” he told the AP. “We're not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn't last very long at all.”
Willis admits that, as a father, he feels bad for the victims’ families, but he doesn’t see how legislation would stop mass shootings. “But I don't know how you legislate insanity. I don't know what you do about it. I don't even know how you begin to stop that,” he said.
When Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand came out last month, he was asked about the connection between Hollywood and real violence. While he was sure that people know the difference between fantasy and reality, the actor told the AP, “I think that we are going to continue doing entertainment. That is what we are doing as our profession, but at the same time, we all have a responsibility, I think, to improve the situation that we are in.”
Last week, Stallone, who stars in Bullet To The Head, said that he would support an assault weapons ban.
Willis’ A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, hits theaters on Feb. 14. He also stars in the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Red 2.