Known for his tough as nails, blazing glory performances in action films throughout the decades, Sylvester Stallone is one of the last people you'd expect to see backing gun control, but the actor went against typecast and advocated tougher control against firearms.
Currently promoting his new film, Bullet to the Head, the movie star recently addressed the ongoing debate of gun control in a press meeting last week, in which he called for the reintroduction of the 1994 Brady bill, which temporarily brought a ban on owning an assault rifle in the US. Stallone said: "I know people get (upset) and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon.'" Adding afterwards, "Who ... needs an assault weapon? Unless you're carrying out an assault ... You can't hunt with it ... Who's going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?"
The touchy subject of gun control has been at the forefront of American politics since Sandy Hook massacre, and Stallone is the latest big name to come forth and question the existing laws and call on Barack Obama to introduce tighter gun legislation. The 66-year-old actor also said that he also hopes there will be an additional focus on mental health to prevent future mass shootings. He said, "that's where we've dropped the ball: mental health. That to me is our biggest problem in the future, is insanity coupled with isolation."
Bullet To The Head opened in British cinemas on February 1, check out the trailer below.