Hollywood actor Tracy Morgan told PJ Media that he wants President Obama and Congress to “get rid of guns.”
Actress Kate Walsh and Actor Tim Daly told PJ Media that more gun control will not take away anyone’s constitutional rights.
The celebrities made their comments over the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend in Washington.
Morgan was asked if he is disappointed that Obama’s gun-control initiatives have not been passed by Congress.
“I mean, if we could get guns under control, if we could get rid of them, I’m with all of that. I’ve had a lot of friends that have died violently from guns. Of course. I hope that wasn’t a booby trap question,” Morgan said at a Creative Coalition event launching White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend.
“Of course I want to get rid of guns. My father fought in the Vietnam War and he forbid us to have guns when he came home when we were little, so yes.”
The Creative Coalition is a nonprofit organization “formed for the charitable and educational purposes of bringing together artists and entertainers to learn about pressing issues so they can better inform and influence the community and nation.”
Kate Walsh, who has visited Capitol Hill in the past to advocate for offshore wind power, said she is “satisfied” with Obama’s performance in his office but wants Congress to do more on issues like “gun-control regulations.”
“I grew up in Arizona. My first boyfriend was a hunter. I come from, like, lots of hunting in my life and I absolutely support the right to own a firearm,” Walsh said on the red carpet of the WHCD.
“I just think that there needs to be background checks so that it’s a little more stringent and that people that shouldn’t be having guns, that are not mentally fit to have guns don’t have them and make access more difficult.”
Tim Daly, president of the Creative Coalition, said he is “hopeful that some kind of common sense will prevail and some kind of gun control would be put in place” soon.
“No one’s taking away anyone’s constitutional rights. You know, the First Amendment allows us freedom of speech. We can’t yell fire in a theater. We can’t defame people. All of these things, they’re not an open book. There’s modifications to all our constitutional rights and the Second Amendment should be no different,” Daly said at the WHCD.