Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has called for tighter background checks on gun sales in the United States.
He also wants restrictions on the sale of military-style weapons and large-capacity magazines to civilians.
McKagan, (pictured above) who calls himself “an ardent armchair historian,” wrote in a column for Noisey: “There is some super-heavy shit going down in the world right now. I don’t need to pile on and write some piece-of-shit article to create another snazzy social media ‘headline’ for people to click on and fucking ‘like.’
“When President Obama came out with his announcement of trying to procure background checks for online sales and at gun shows, I was slightly stunned that this practice hadn’t been in use since the, uh, the advent of modern-day gun sales.
“On CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC, things are presented to us as truths just because one person is yelling louder than the other, really, and rhetoric is presented at a fourth-grade level….because guess what America…that’s how dumb or uneducated they think we are. This Republican/Democratic schism is so rank and divisive; I’m just not sure how any of us could pick one party or the other. I think I used to be a Democrat, but some Republican ideas work great too, and socialism too, has done great things for the financial safety nets of this country. If we could just scrape up and pool all of the good ideas that work….that’d be my new party allegiance. No, I don’t claim a party, because they are all mostly assholes at this point.
He added: “Background checks for all gun sales? Hell yes, right? What’s the argument against that? Banning AK-47’s and the like? Probably a damn good idea, right? Who needs them? I’m just a regular guy, neither ‘pro’ nor ‘anti’ gun…and I understand and respect the right to bear arms, but do some of you actually think we maintain this right still for the sole purpose of the ‘in case’ of our own government somehow taking over (as opposed to fighting off the English imperialistic monarchy in 1775). This all seems as basic to me, as banning sales of guns here for people who are on the no-fly list. Is there something I am missing here?” You can read the full column here.
Meanwhile, guitarist DJ Ashba recently admitted he can’t see himself re-joining the band.
Ashba now plays with Nikki Sixx and James Michael in Sixx:A.M., but previously served as a member of GNR’s touring lineup between 2009 and 2015. Guns N’Roses frontman Axl Rose has since regrouped with fellow original members Slash and McKagan for this summer’s hugely successful ‘Not In This Lifetime… Tour’.
Meanwhile, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has recently suggested Guns N’ Roses have become “a nostalgia act” with their summer reunion tour.