There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 than the number of days in the year so far, with two separate attacks taking place last weekend, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor is the latest celebrity to call for stricter gun control regulation in the U.S., and spoke to The Independent about cult-like gun culture in America.
“There are too many f**king guns in America,” Taylor told the newspaper in an interview conducted two days before the El Paso and Dayton shootings took place
“I could walk outside right now and find a gun within minutes,” he added. “There’s a very toxic gun culture here, it’s a cult, and it worries me.”
Taylor blasted politicians for blaming music and video games as being responsible for mass shootings. “Music is an easy target because [people in authority] don’t understand it,” he said. “There’s a complete lack of effort to try to understand it and a lack of willingness to take any portion of the blame for these events.”
Blaming music for societal problems, he added, is a time-honoured tradition that goes back to the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll.
“If you’re looking for a certain kind of rhetoric, whether it’s hating black people or gay people or whatever, there are thousands of sites with people posting about it. We’re seeing the repercussions of a failure to address that,” he explained. “They still wanna blame the f**king music, and it’s been happening since the ’60s to ’85 with Tipper Gore… Just get the f**k out of my face with that s**t!” (As The Independent reminds, the ex-wife of former U.S. Vice President held hearings in the 1980s and led the movement to put parental advisory stickers on albums.)