Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Criticizes Those 'Hiding' Behind 2nd AmendmentIn a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder used his constitutionally-protected freedom of speech to lash out over the lack of new gun control laws and to criticize those who are pro-gun for "hiding" behind the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.
Vedder said he cannot understand why Congress refuses to pass more gun control "to put a dent in some of this insanity that's happening." He said he is so angry over it that if he didn't "take the aggression out" through music, citizens "wouldn't want [him] having a gun either."
I get so mad I almost wish bad things upon these people. But I don't have to because it seems like they happen anyways. It seems like every week I'm reading about a 4-year-old either shooting their sister, their dad, their dog, their brother or themselves, because there's f---ing guns laying around.Vedder then criticized Second Amendment proponents for "hiding" behind the U.S. Constitution and the idea that owning a gun is "fun."
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My response to Mr. Vedder is as follows:
The Second Amendment is an important part of the United States Constitution, the same document that allows you to spew such nonsense. I have great admiration and respect for you and the amazing contribution that both you and Pearl Jam have made to music. To take social policy advise from a musician would be the equivalent of having your physician give you advise on interior design. It boils down to this:
1.) You can not legislate evil. Criminals do not obey any laws much less gun control - thus the name CRIMINAL.
2.) The mental health system in this country is a disgrace.
3.) Two of the worst mass killings in this country were in Boston and Oklahoma City and done with homemade explosives and not guns.
4.) Only dictators attempt to disarm a population.
In the mid 1930's Chairman Mao instituted his own brand of gun control and then promptly began killing millions of his enemies. Now we have the current administration pushing for similar controls not to mention the U.N. gun ban...I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
Stick to music my friend. I respect your opinion and you are entitled to it, doesn't make you an expert. I can add and subtract, doesn't make me an accountant.
Brent Black @CriticalJazz