Sixx, Snider, Bach Demand Gun Safety Reform After Mass Shootings
Nikki Sixx, Dee Snider and Sebastian Bach are among the classic rock artists calling for stricter gun-safety laws after a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 29 dead and dozens more wounded over the weekend.
"It is not too soon to be talking about how [President Donald] Trump and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell are enabling these violent acts by obstructing common-sense legislation that would make it more difficult for would-be mass shooters to obtain weapons designed to mass kill human beings," Sixx wrote yesterday on Twitter.
"I don't know about you," he added this morning, "but I'm fucking sick of hearing about innocent people being slaughtered city after city because the politicians chose money over passing stricter gun control laws."
When asked about being "bashed" by some social media followers for his comments, Sixx declared, "I'd rather be heard and hated than muted and loved."
Snider began what has turned into a lengthy back-and-forth with commenters from both sides of the debate with his first Twitter response to the tragedies, in which he stated, "As a 2nd Amendment supporter and concealed carrier, I have to say something must be done with our gun laws. 'Arming the general populace' didn't work in El Paso."
He said he understood the NRA's resistance to such legislation, comparing it to his own fight against rock lyric censorship. "We didn't want to give an inch for fear it would be used to further restrict and compromise our 1st Amendment freedom," he said. "Sadly, we are talking about bullets here, not words."
Meanwhile, Bach has repeatedly attacked Trump, McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republican leaders from his Twitter account. "You and your useless Republican party don't give a fuck about the safety of the citizens of the USA," he wrote in response to a tweet of consolation from Ohio Senator Rob Portman. "Your 'prayers' are a slap in the face to the 30 people who were mowed down yesterday because of your uselessness."