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Jim Carrey defends his call for more gun regulation in a new op-ed on The Huffington Post.
Jim Carrey is all fired up and not backing down from his position that there need to be sensible gun laws in America.
The 51-year-old funnyman penned a new op-ed on The Huffington Post Tuesday in which he took issue with critics who say his advocacy of new gun laws to reduce gun violence won't make a difference.
"These mass shootings and daily body counts on your local news are terrible tragedies. The utter devastation that must be endured by the victims' families is unfathomable. These horrific events are also an invitation for us to become more civilized and to deal with our addiction and entitlement to violence," Carrey wrote. "Not to shut our eyes and ears and scream at those with a different opinion than ours to 'f--k off and go back to Canada.'"
Carrey, who hails from Canada but is a naturalized U.S. citizen, also defended himself from accusations of hypocrisy.
"For those who say I'm a hypocrite because I have an armed bodyguard, let's make one thing clear: No one in my employ is allowed to carry a large magazine and NO ONE IS ASKING ANYONE TO GIVE UP THEIR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, though it is in the vested interests of those who profit by gun sales to make it seem so," added the Ace Ventura star. "It's just the type of arms, the easy access and the means with which to cause massive devastation to good and innocent people that I hope we can limit."
Carrey courted the controversy after releasing a scathing Funny or Die video last week in which he poked fun at the gun lobby by parodying late actor and former NRA president Charlton Heston and sang an (aptly titled) song called "Cold Dead Hand." He also vented about gun enthusiasts' opposition to more regulation on his Twitter page.
In the days since, the comedian said he's become a target of nasty attacks from vocal gun owners who think he wants to take away their guns.
"I have been aghast at the level of hatred heaped upon me, my family and the people I work with over a mere difference of opinion on this issue. Perhaps my words were a bit harsh at the onset, but calling someone a "Motherf--ker" [as he called pro-gun folks on Twitter] is far different than wishing them to die. It is shocking to see this concerted effort to brutally intimidate anyone who speaks of a compassionate compromise," he said.
Carrey concluded his post by saying "No one is allowed to own a bazooka" and that likewise carrying an assault rifle into a crowded movie theater as occurred with last summer's mass shooting in Aurora "can cause just as much damage."
He then urged readers to contact their congressional representatives to "let your heart be heard" on the issue.
To read the full op-ed click here.