In a recent interview with The Cassius Morris Show, Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer explained his thoughts about gun violence in the US. He said:

“Here’s the thing: I just don’t trust that the population is being told the truth about almost anything. And, obviously, as tragic as that is, there’s always a motivation.

It’s probably hard for people to understand outside the United States, but the American people – the whole point of having the Second Amendment is not to protect yourselves against a robber or to be able to go out and hunt.

Those are just automatic, fucking common sense. When they founded the country, everybody was hunting for food. You didn’t go into Walmart and buy packets of baloney; you went out and killed your food and you ate it. That’s how it worked. So that was automatic, just basic survival. But the whole point of it is to protect themselves against an out-of-control government.

That’s the whole thing where it gets a little bit interesting. Do the powers that be really wanna disarm the American people and do they stage events and do horrific things in that mission? I think there’s a certain element that would and probably have.

So my whole feeling is, the knee-jerk reaction [from a lot of people] is, ‘Everybody, turn in your guns.’ And I’m, like, ‘Nah. No. Fuck you!’ That’s not gonna happen. Not with me, and not with millions of us. Because we understand the situation a little bit better than that.

And this, to me, has nothing to do with left or right. This is just a constitutional… It’s my right to defend myself as a human being. You take that right away, then I become a slave very quickly – possibly. And a lot of people just become so domesticated that they don’t think that’s a possibility, but, dude, it is.

It wasn’t that long ago that we had some major tyrants running the world. I’ve been studying history my whole life and I’m not one of those people who say, ‘Oh, that could never happen here.’ ‘Cause everybody has said that before where it’s happened.”

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