Mel Gibson Sounds Off, Sort of, On Gun Control
Mel Gibson talked gun control at a recent press junket. photo from

Usually when a Hollywood celebrity starts talking about guns or gun control, it goes one of two ways. Either they follow the typical anti-gunner rhetoric, or they reveal themselves to be shooters and/or hunters themselves. The latter is a far rarer species.

But in a recent interview with Fox News movie star and Oscar-winning filmmaker Mel Gibson gave a mostly positive, if somewhat tepid response when asked to discuss the issue.

“Well, I understand where it comes from, the right to bear arms because the Revolution and that stuff and tyranny and the right to defend yourself, and I still agree with that, but it’s kind of out of balance at the moment,” he said at a press junket. “…Something has to be done in order to stop some of the heinous violence that has (occurred) just like sporadically and shockingly…”

Take a look back at all the guns from his action career going back to the 1970s.

The Guns of Mel Gibson Movies

Gibson is doing press tours for his upcoming war drama “Hacksaw Ridge” about Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who was a U.S. Army Corporal and combat medic during World War II and winner of the Medal of Honor despite his refusal to bear arms. So, it’s natural that the gun control topic would come up.

“I don’t know what the answer to that is,” he said in the story of the gun debate. “it’s going to take someone smarter than me to figure it out.”

Gibson, who is experiencing something of a resurgence after a severe career valley after allegations of anti-semitism and misogyny in the press resulting from some unfortunate audio recordings.

Before becoming an award-winning director with 1995’s Braveheart, Gibson first made a name in Hollywood for his roles in the Australian-made, post-apocalyptic Mad Max series of films before he broke out in the States in the seminal action movie, Lethal Weapon in 1987. He would go on to star in a number of action films with a few romances and dramas sprinkled throughout, beginning to direct and produce in the mid 1990s.

If you’d like to take a tour through Gibson’s movie career, via firearms of course, go here.