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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says there are too many guns in the U.S.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot performs on stage during day 2 of Download festival 2019 at Donington Park on June 14, 2019 in Castle Donington, England.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage via Getty Images)
Corey Taylor of Slipknot performs on stage during day 2 of Download festival 2019 at Donington Park on June 14, 2019 in Castle Donington, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage via Getty Images)

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor pushed back in a new interview against politicians trying to blame music, movies and video games for the recent spate of mass shootings in America, while also deflecting blame from the widespread availability of guns.

Speaking with the Independent, Taylor remarked, “Music is an easy target because (people in authority) don’t understand it. 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.”

Taylor also cited the rise of hate-filled rhetoric against people of color, immigrants and LGBTQ people before adding, “There are too many f**king guns in America. I could walk outside right now and find a gun within minutes. There’s a very toxic gun culture here, it’s a cult, and it worries me.”

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Taylor told us not long ago that he’s long past the point of staying silent about things that bother him: “I guess I’ve just gotten to the point in my life where I’m just tired of holding back. After a while, you see all this stuff pile up, if you don’t say anything man, you’re just gonna drive your car into a brick wall, you know. You’re just gonna lose it one day and they’ll find you running down the boardwalk naked. I’ve just gotten to the point where it’s just like, ‘Man, I’ve got to say something,’ just to get it off my own chest.”

Slipknot’s sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind, was released on Friday (August 9th).

Story source: Blabbermouth

FAST FACTS:

  • In the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that left a total of 31 people dead, politicians including Donald Trump blamed “gruesome and grisly video games” for contributing to a so-called “culture of violence” while sidestepping the issue of guns.
  • Trump also called out Hollywood over the weekend, leading one studio, Universal Pictures, to remove a film called The Hunt from release next month.
  • The man accused of carrying out the El Paso shooting explained to authorities that he had been targeting Mexicans, while the motives of the Dayton shooter, who was killed by police, remain unclear. Both had access to assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition. 

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