The anti-gun-rights Brady Center to prevent Gun Violence will reportedly honor comedian Chelsea Handler Wednesday evening in Los Angeles for her work with the organization.
She’s made no secret of how she feels about firearms. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Handler thinks, “We should’ve heightened all of the restrictions on buying guns, and we just loosened restrictions on buying guns, which made it it easier for mentally unstable people to purchase firearms. It’s disgusting.”
The event will be held at NeueHouse Hollywood, featuring cocktails, dinner and an auction.
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Handler’s opinions were even noted by NewsBusters, which reported that, “while Chelsea Handler feels that guns should be restricted in order to protect America from the ‘mentally unstable’ who buy weapons, she is all for Kathy Griffin’s violent display of hatred. And what’s more, she acknowledged that the photo could indeed be construed as a death threat, but she wrote it off as something that is not important.”
Now the host of a talk program on Netflix, Handler insisted to the Hollywood Reporter that, “Nobody is trying to take away your guns. If you want to go shoot, you know, whatever, in the woods, that’s fine, but it’s a hobby. If your hobby is [affecting] innocent people being killed all the time, children included, don’t you think you should reconsider the lack of restrictions placed on your hobby?”
Actually, there have been several attempts to take away, by outright ban, certain firearms from people. There was a proposal to ban handguns in Massachusetts some years ago. Washington D.C. and Chicago had banned handguns for several years until the Supreme Court ruled against them. Legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons” has been floating around for years.
Gun ownership is not a “hobby” at all, but a constitutionally protected individual civil right. Handler would have the Second Amendment relegated to a highly regulated government privilege.
She also shared this gem with the Hollywood Reporter:
“Obviously, [the state of] gun control in this country is totally unacceptable, and the gun lobby is so strong and so powerful that anytime a celebrity can bring attention to this cause — among many other [causes] — you know it’s an easy thing for anyone to do. We’re way behind the times in terms of gun control in this country, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.”
Handler’s sentiments suggest she might just have a lot in common with Kim Kardashian, who issued statement for anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety that was, at best, elitist:
“I’m not against guns and I’m not against people owning guns. After what happened to me in Paris, I know how important it is to be safe and to have armed security. All of my security team is armed, but they also support stricter gun control laws and believe that we should restrict access to firearms for people with mental illness, anyone previously convicted of a misdemeanor, those who have been subject to a temporary restraining order and those at a higher risk of committing gun violence.”
Since most Americans cannot avail themselves of armed security teams and have to rely on their own resources for personal protection, Handler and Kardashian may have a difficult time connecting with average gun owning citizens.