In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, countless celebrities have joined millions of Americans in a plea for gun control -- Jesse James is not one of those celebrities.
The former reality show host took to his Facebook page to express support for the National Riffle Association, the day after it finally broke its silence on last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn -- and called for armed officers in every school.
On his Facebook page, the 43-year-old, who used to run West Coast Choppers out of Long Beach, Calif, writes that he witnessed so many shootings that having a gun was the only thing that made him feel safe.
"Since the 1980's California has led the nation with the strictest gun control laws. In the middle of this state I have seen more dead bodies than I can count," he wrote, going on to describe weekly sightings of streets closed off with yellow police tape because someone had been shot dead.
"On a weekly basis Cop friends would always check in to make sure I was carying (sic) a gun at all times. They would want to see it to make sure. They would tell me "You better be packing." For the last 20 years living in California I could never let my guard down, not even for a minute," James wrote in the lengthy message which was accompanied by a photo of himself with a large gun. "This is what living in a state with strict gun control was like."
James went on to state that he doesn't think the country needs fewer guns, and he believes America could do with few gun laws as well. According to his logic, he claims that it's because of California's strict gun control legislation that so many people have been shot and killed. He writes that since moving to Texas, where there are fewer gun laws, he feels much safer:
"I have not seen one dead body, have not experienced any drive-by shootings," he writes. "I can now relax, and live life in this free country."
He argues that enacting stricter laws nationwide will only "keep the honest people, honest," and "people that should not have guns, will still find a way to get them." He also urged others to join the NRA.
James, who was famously married to and cheated on Sandra Bullock, is one of the few celebrity supporters of the NRA who has spoken out since the shooting on Dec. 14. His position is at direct odds with stars including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Hamm, Beyonce, Selana Gomez, and Chris Rock, who took part in a powerful PSA that urged lawmakers to put forth a substantive plan for increasing gun control.
Click over to James' Facebook page to read his entire statement.
Jesse James isn't the only celebrity gun owner:
Robert De Niro
"Are you talkin to me?" Robert De Niro often plays a gun-wielding fast-talker, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lifestyles-rich-packin-high-profile-celebrities-seeking-gun-permits-rise-article-1.441377" target="_hplink"> and he's got a license to carry</a> in real life too.
Miranda Lambert is packin' heat and she's not afraid to admit it: "I carry a weapon," <a href="http://www.self.com/healthystars/2012/06/miranda-lambert-slideshow#slide=6" target="_hplink">she told <em>Self</em> magazine</a>. "I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared. But I don't want bodyguards. I am my own security."
When you've got an empire to protect, you better be packin'. <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lifestyles-rich-packin-high-profile-celebrities-seeking-gun-permits-rise-article-1.441377" target="_hplink">Donald Trump is licensed to carry a gun</a>.
Johnny Depp may not have a gun license, but <a href="http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2009/07/01/johnny_depp_plans_to_teach_kids_to_handl" target="_hplink">he knows his way around a rifle</a>. "We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns," Depp admits. "When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren't shooting at humans - we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice."
<a href="http://swns.com/eric-clapton-owned-vintage-shotguns-fetch-84000-at-auction-171437.html" target="_hplink">Eric Clapton is a vintage-gun aficionado</a> and even sold several pieces of his collection in 2010 for a whopping 84,000 pounds.
Former radio personality and Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis Stewart <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lifestyles-rich-packin-high-profile-celebrities-seeking-gun-permits-rise-article-1.441377" target="_hplink">exercises her Second Amendment right</a> to carry a gun.
From his on-camera roles alone, Clint Eastwood seems like an accomplished rifleman. Perhaps that's why the actor has become somewhat of an "American gun icon." "I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it," Eastwood has said.
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones is a member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and once said, "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."
Marc Anthony is armed with much more than his powerful voice -- <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lifestyles-rich-packin-high-profile-celebrities-seeking-gun-permits-rise-article-1.441377" target="_hplink">he's got a license to pack heat</a>.
Fierce gun supporter <a href="http://gunseditor.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/interview-with-rock-star-ted-nugent/" target="_hplink">Ted Nugent told "Guns and Fishing" in 2009 about his own views on firearms</a> and talked about the celebrity firearm owner community. "The guys at Metallica support the Second Amendment ... I just bought a number of guns for Joe Perry of Aerosmith," he said. "And when I performed in the Howard Stern movie, I was approached by Howard, who showed me his .32-caliber Seecamp pistol ... I was approached by Ozzy Osbourne and talked about his German 9mm Luger. Everybody supports the common pulse of defending one's self, which is why our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment."
If you thought Howard Stern's only weapon was his biting radio voice, think again. As of 2010, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lifestyles-rich-packin-high-profile-celebrities-seeking-gun-permits-rise-article-1.441377" target="_hplink">Stern was licensed to own a gun</a>.
Whoopi Goldberg disclosed during a taping of "The View" that <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/josh-st-louis/2012/05/10/how-about-liberal-whoopi-goldberg-admits-shes-member-nra" target="_hplink">she is a member of the National Rifle Association</a>.
David Spade may not be a gun owner himself, although he did purchase 300 rifles in 2009. But <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/22/david-spade-donates-10000_n_152929.html" target="_hplink">the weaponry was a generous gift for a Phoenix -- Spade's hometown -- police department</a>.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
If we've learned anything from Angelina Jolie's acting career, it's that she looks good holding a gun. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1022472/Ive-got-Tomb-Raider-guns--Im-afraid-use-says-Angelina.html" target="_hplink">In 2008, Jolie told the U.K.'s <em>Daily Mail</em></a>, "I bought original, real guns of the type we used in 'Tomb Raider' for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one. And yes, I'd be able to use it if I had to ... If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I've no problem shooting them."
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