knows no bounds. While its multi-million dollar movie stars cash in on shoot 'em up thrillers and cop dramas, they openly move to restrict gun ownership in this country. When the lights turn off and the cameras stop running, these stars put down their prop house guns and pick the Brady Campaign banner. When a fortune is made on the portrayal of guns on the silver and small screen and that cash turns into donations to the anti-gun lobby, it should make every Second Amendment supporter think: Where is my money really going? Fame is a powerful weapon, and it's hard to believe that these celebs have anti-gun leanings. But they do.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
In his prime, Ahnold was recognized as one of the elite Hollywood tough guys for his roles in movies like 'œPredator' or 'œThe Terminator.' Back then, he was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but it's funny what politics can do to someone's beliefs. When he began his gubernatorial campaign in 2003, Schwarzenegger seemingly did an about-face — as politicians seem to do quite often — supporting the ban on assault weapons in the U.S., as well as the Brady Bill. In fact, in a 2003 issue of Time, the Governator was quoted as saying, 'œI'm for gun control. I'm a peace-loving guy.'
4. Danny DeVito
He packed a rifle disguised as an umbrella in 'œBatman Returns,' and he is frequently seen drawing a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snubnose in 'œIt's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' but despite his characters' arsenal of weapons, DeVito has also lent his name to gun control organizations, also making an appearance on the NRA-ILA's list of anti-gun contributors
5. Mark Wahlberg
The ex-leader of the Funky Bunch, Marky Mark had some pretty strong words for Charlton Heston. At the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, Wahlberg suggested on stage that the 'œBest Villain' award be given to Heston: 'œI believe Charlton Heston is America's best villain because he loves guns so much. Maybe he should get the award for being president of the National Rifle Association.' But his anti-gun attitude didn't stop there. 'œWell, I would love it if they could take all the guns away. Unfortunately, you can't do that so you hope that good people in the world have them to protect the people who can't protect themselves,' he said in an April 26, 2007, edition of the Herald Sun
. 'œCertainly, I haven't used a gun anywhere other than on a movie set and I'd like to see if we could take them all away. It would be a beautiful thing.'
6. Matt Damon
Matt Damon has never been shy about his political affiliation, but it's surprising to learn that an actor who's handled a pretty enviable amount of firearms has a problem with them. Nevertheless, Matt Damon was quoted as saying, 'œI actually hate guns. They freak me out,' in a January 2003 edition of The Sunday Herald.
3. Sean Connery
What would James Bond be without his trusty Walther PPK? Well, he'd probably be just another dapper Englishman — or Scotsman, depending on who's portraying him. While Sean Connery hasn't brought his gun control lobbying to U.S. shores, he's lent his services to anti-handgun PSAs in the United Kingdom: 'œIt is said that a total ban on handguns, including .22s, would take away innocent pleasure from thousands of people. Is that more or less pleasure than watching your child grow up?' Connery once said in a BBC ad.
1. Sylvester Stallone
While Rambo had no qualms firing a few thousand rounds at his enemies, Stallone would prefer to take a different approach. Some actors and celebrities may hope and wish for gun control, but their takes aren't as totalitarian as Stallone's. In response to the shooting death of Phil Hartman in 1999, Stallone — who was living in the UK at the time — was shown on Access Hollywood saying, 'œUntil America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have. It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It's sad. We're living in the Dark Ages over there.'
8. Shania Twain
It's not very often you hear of country music artists taking a stand for any sort of gun control. But we've all known for a while that Shania Twain isn't like most country singers, haven't we? Canada's gift to country was a signer of Handgun Control Inc.'s — now known as the Brady Campaign — 'œOpen Letter to the National Rifle Association' full-page ad that ran in the June 9, 1999, edition of USA Today. Twain's politics didn't stop her from having armed guards at her wedding
in January 2011 in Puerto Rico.
7. Kevin Bacon
If one made the observation that Kevin Bacon has been in everything, that wouldn't be too far off. In fact, he's even made appearances in the pro-gun control camp — who knew? Bacon was yet another signer of HCI's 'œOpen Letter,' and is listed on the NRA Institute for Legislative Action's list of organizations and individuals
who have contributed to anti-gun organizations.
Does this list change your opinion on these celebrities? Any other Brady-supporting stars we missed?