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Eddie Vedder On Gun Control Opponents: 'I Almost Wish Bad Things Upon These People'

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is no stranger to expressing his political beliefs, and in a new interview the band commissioned from professional surfer Mark Richards, Vedder has some choice words for opponents of gun control.

"The fact that we're living in a country where 90 percent of the people want further gun laws -- to maybe somehow put a dent in some of this insanity that's happening -- and yet there's no further legislation taking place, it's very frustrating and upsetting," Vedder told Richards in a clip from the discussion, which HuffPost Entertainment is debuting above. "If I didn't have music to kind of at least get some of the aggression out or take the edge off, you wouldn't want me having a gun either."

Vedder, who spoke to Richards as part of a special interview series the band participated in with various other non-journalists (filmmaker Judd Apatow, musician and actress Carrie Brownstein and former NFL player Steve Gleason), went on to chide the pro-gun lobby for hiding behind both the U.S. Constitution and the idea that owning a gun is "fun."

"I get so angry that I almost wish bad things upon these people," Vedder said. "But I don't have to because it seems like they happen anyways. It seems like every week I'm reading about a 4-year-old either shooting their sister, their dad, their dog, their brother or themselves, because there's fucking guns laying around. But I guess it's 'fun.'"

Watch Vedder's blistering commentary above. HuffPost Entertainment's full interview with the Pearl Jam lead singer can be found at the link.

Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" is out on Oct. 15.

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