Jim Carrey’s Anti-Gun Violence Spoof Causes Controversy

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Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to speak out on U.S gun law. We’re not talking a solemn message to the camera in black and white, we’re not even talking a carefully worded statement. No, Carrey has made a country and western song, with accompanying video.

Jim's song is entitled Cold Dead Hand, referring to aspeech made by Charlton Heston at an NRA in 2000, in which he states he would never give up his rifles and he would only relinquish his gun if it was removed 'from my cold dead hands'. The lyrics include: "(The angels) wouldn't take him up to heaven like he planned because they couldn't pry that gun from his cold dead hand. "You're a big big man with a little bitty gland, so you need something bigger with a hairpin trigger.” The funny man later tweeted to explain what the video was about, in case any one didn’t quite appreciate the thrust. “Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless m************ unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids. Sorry if you're offended by the word safety! ;^}"

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Of course, Carrey couldn’t just release a funny video highlighting his views on a contentious subject - oh no. He’s been heavily criticised by right leaning spectators, who love guns and want them on the streets of America, and even by left leaning liberals who would like to see Carrey condemn his new film Kick Ass 2, which follows a group of super heroes shooting, maiming and generally killing other people. Trouble is; it’s really fun and good. Bye.


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