Paul McCartney joins campaign against gun violence
April 18th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Paul McCartney joins campaign against gun violence

The gun control debate has escalated following the Senate's rejection of extended gun background checks on Wednesday, and celebrities like Paul McCartney have joined the discussion.

The music legend has recorded a voice message as part of Tony Bennett's Voices Against Violence, which aims to curb gun violence with tougher legislation.

When U.S. callers text "MYVOICE" to 877877, they'll hear McCartney's recording before being connected to their local senate office.

"In a minute you'll be connected to a Congressperson who needs to hear your voice now," McCartney says in his greeting. "Tell the Congressperson that you support common-sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, including criminal background checks on all gun sales. Enough is enough. Please add your voice ... to end gun violence."

Along with McCartney, stars like Alec Baldwin, Gloria Estefan and Josh Groban have also joined the campaign. But the star power didn't make an impact Wednesday, as proposals to expand background checks on sales of firearms and to ban some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons failed to win Senate approval.

On Twitter, Bennett is still encouraging Americans to text Voices Against Violence to get in touch with senators.

"The Senate voted against background checks, ignoring the will of the American people. We will not stop until our voices are heard," he posted.

Singer John Legend and his fiancée, Chrissy Teigen, have also been vocal about their support of stricter legislation.

Other stars like "Parks and Recreation" actor Adam Scott, "Grey's Anatomy's" Jessica Capshaw and Debra Messing, are encouraging everyone on both sides of the debate, regardless of political affiliation, to check out former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' opinion piece in the New York Times. Giffords, as you'll recall, was seriously hurt in a 2011 shooting that killed six and injured 13 others.

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  1. Marquee Sales

    so.. what is his songs he sing on that day of campaign?

    Marquee Sales

    April 25, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Arlen

    I like Paul's music but that does not give him the right to get involved in a American issue about those that want to give our freedom and give it away. Arrange it so that anyone foreign or domestic can do so. The only people that will lose there guns would be the law abiding citizens. Do you really think criminals do back ground checks? Do you really think that violence in the schools will stop with new laws? Stop with the violation of our civil rights? These laws are being shot down because most of our elected officials are listening to the people not special interests.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |


    April 19, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |


    April 19, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |


    April 19, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |

    there was never a contest....all delusions...all background checks....fine....

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amanda B.

    What most liberals don't seem to understand is that this country can have all the gun control laws in the world, but that still will not stop the sick and the criminals from getting one. The sick some times are not aware that they even have a mental illness. Now the big BO wants to dismiss the HIPPA laws that the Clinton's worked so hard to get! So it's OK now to know peoples private health information!!! As for criminals...they aren't even going to try and buy a gun legally so what's the use of extra background checks? People need to use their brains in this one!! Think people, think of the one's who have been doing all this shooting...they got their guns illegally! So why blame everyone..oh that's the liberal way...panic, blame, then ban! What will they take away from us then? Can any one see what these people are doing to this country? Or are they all that blind and desperate for this administrations hand-outs that they will give up anything for the free stuff? And as far as listening to Paul McCartney...get real people...he's not the brightest candle on the cake and is he even a US citizen?

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • MI

      he's in demand

      April 19, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue Weisenhaus

      Amanda, dear....I would think again about your last statement, where you said Paul was not the brightest candle on the cake! He had to do something well to be one of the top ten in the Fortune 500? I would say he is quite brilliant !

      April 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eagle Eye

    I want to know if Paul McCartney is a legal U.S. citizen? and when did he get it. I seem to me that a lot of the stars who live in Califorina seem to have all the answers on what ever is a "hot topic". The liberals should be careful for what the wish for just might get it. What happens if a back ground check which isn't for buying a fire arm. Back ground checks are done all the time, and if something comes back where something has a "negative" response the liberals are going to have sh$t fit. People like Paul McCartney don't have to worry because they have an arem of security personal to protect him that because they can afford it. But the law bidding citizen doesn't. So Paul McCartney should shut the fck the up.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Well wait a minute now...let me rethink that

    springsteen can do it.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hacking is against the law...NEXT

    April 19, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Death before Piers

    F Piers

    April 19, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ottertk1

    Background checks are great if all those who should not have guns are reported. As the law is now, this is not happening. If you are using common sense, then the laws should be revised to require mental health professional to report all person who are a danger to themselves and others. People with these reported people living in their homes should be required to secure all firearms. Requiring universal background checks without first revising these laws accomplishes nothing. Just a little common sense.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • California

      we also need too be concerned with hacking into phone conversations...that is also against the law....
      unless its brad pitt of course

      April 19, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    America is not your business!!!! go back home and take that idiot peirs with you..........

    April 19, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Van Krunk

    Another brit telling us what to do, shouldn't that be the other way around?

    April 19, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chanel

    If politicians have no problems with gun's and everyone carrying them, why can't we walk into the capitol building in Washington DC with a loaded gun?

    April 19, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  16. JORGE

    The votes are in and the Gun Control debate is over, yesterday's 'news'. Yet the president remains combative, angry and pathetic, although it seems to have cured his addiction to taking vacations. Struggling citizens living from paycheck to paycheck are feeling the pinch of the worst economic crisis in history. Higher grocery bills and gasoline keep going up and paychecks go down. Economics, not politics should be priority one.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. bob

    The main two points of the bill that failed was background checks at gun shows and internet sales. We have laws on the books already that require this. For internet sales you have to have the fire are sent to a FFL dealer in your state this came from laws shortly after JFK was assaisinated. Most of the guns sales at a gun show are all sold by dealers. These dealers are all required to do background checks regaurdless of where they are selling in their store or at a show.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Van Krunk

      With the bombs, explosions, North Korea, Iran, maybe we should start thinking about getting rid of some of the existing laws.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. Hot Carl

    Don't trust anybody who doesn't eat meat.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Hot Carl

    Is he against gun violence or against law abiding citizens owning guns?

    April 19, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. sensorchips

    Make sure you join against pressure cookers and fertilizer while you're at it.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  21. Alex Alvarez

    It's easy to be for gun control when you can pay for protection. Nothing the Senate proposed would have saved those children in CT. There were over 80K rejected background checks last year and they only prosecuted 45. Does that sound like the justice department is promoting gun control or trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? Any law that is passed because of emotion is not a good law. Cool heads and practical answers need to rule the day. Not parading mourning parents to support a bill that would not have saved their children's lives. It is shameful.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  22. smitvict

    He's FOR gun control, not AGAINST gun violence.

    April 19, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Most of the comments are hilarious...and a waste of typing...

    its just not in demand.

    April 19, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  24. Higher Ups--there u go.

    April 19, 2013 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  25. Walter

    Another has-been desperate for attention, and CNN is happy to acquiesce (as long as the has-been touts the view they're pushing).

    April 19, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  26. Sokman

    @derp... You are the the prime example of uneducated hypocracy. Guns cause too much senseless death, so you want to drone attack all gun owners? STFU. @so sukkman... When did I say I wanted to take on the U.S. military??? Keep putting words in my mouth Bud, but at least have the decency to take Nobama's dick out of yours so you can experience free speech & the ability to form a thought of your own. Liberal sheeple are a funny lot. You jump on the lib bandwagon so you can call yourselves winners, but true winners dont hide behind majority opininion, they stand proud in front of their adversary. If I want your opinion I'll turn on msnbc to see what you're thinking, thanks

    April 19, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  27. JMorcan

    This was a rare victory against tyranny. Remember to vote these anit-2nd Amendment Democrats out of office.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Frank

    Get outta here with this trash... go bunk up with Piers.....

    April 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. card51short

    universal background checks wouldn't have stopped Adam Lanza. He shot someone who legally purchased the gun and used them to kill children. Laws won't stop crazy people like matter how good it makes you feel inside. The government is responsible for war and deaths and killing of thousands of civilians yet you idiots want them fully armed and the populace disarmed. Move to NYC or Chicago where the population is disarmed and let me know how that works out for you.

    April 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rifle_MAn

    1) The Beetles SUCK!!!

    20 WHy are we eveen CRE about what a MUSCSIAN guy says or thinks.Just strum your STOOPID guitar and GO AWAY!!!

    EVERYONE who says they hate guns blah blah blah JUST MAKES ME LOVE GUNS MORE HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    April 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Wilson, Canada

      I'm taking a wild guess here that you're exactly the kind of guy that most of us sane people don't want to have a gun...

      I am a hunter – I have guns and no, I'm not left wing nut like probably think I am.

      April 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobK


      could you please re-post and this time try using English.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  31. WarmGun

    Maybe its because his buddy was killed with one

    April 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty Marzipan

      Good point – and he was all our friend, except for maybe the Masters of War!

      April 19, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  32. Spgfld Tom

    If Gun Control worked then Chicago would look like Mayberry instead of Dodge City. Madmen and criminals will not be deterred by "background checks"

    April 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MD

    One of the most interesting things about these postings is that many want Mr. McCartney to stop commenting about the laws and customs in the US and get out of the country.
    Why is is that we have over 200 military bases in Africa alone and nearly 1000 in the world? We don't belong in all those other places in other people's business. It is their country and we should leave them alone by the arguments others are using is it not?

    By the way for those who don't understand....... This is a rhetorical posting/question.

    April 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • thompa

      Well for one thing MD, we pay money to those countries we are in, so most of them enjoy the income, second; our military doesn't dictate that country's laws, if it did they wouldn't have kings, queens, emperors and dictators running them.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  34. spockmckoy

    I would like one of these intellectual giants to tell me exactly what law would have prevented a mother, who bought guns legally, from teaching her deranged son to shoot so he could waste her and all of those kids.

    April 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. spockmckoy

    he's a Brit and still holds a 230+ yr old grudge cause we kicked their britches......

    April 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Me

    Paul is a cutesy moron who got rich because he joined a band with two far more talented people, (and Ringo.) I don't care what he says or does and his songs are irritating. Not only is he not intellectually qualified to talk politics, but he has zero business butting into another country's business. Shut up Paul. Leave US politics to people with brains and a stake in our nation.

    April 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Wright

      Amen. Modest talent, still on a 40-year ego trip. The only thing he done was yesterday...

      April 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Wil

    Is there a gun supporter on this blog that has had a loved one shot or killed, and still supported the 2nd amendment? Its kinda like being rich and wanting to go to war but the when they come and get your kid, you put him up in Canada.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • crazyvermont

      My son was killed in a convenience store robbery along with two others in Chicago several years ago and I wholeheartedly support the 2nd amendment. The gun man systematically shot each of the three(my son last) and my son may very well be alive today if he'd been carrying a gun.....definitely wouldn't have been any worse off.

      April 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      What dumb statement.....

      April 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      I mean 'What dumb statement" Wil

      April 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dryes

      idiots like YOU are the ones who shouldn't have guns. please go to your corner and rethink your life. In the meantime responsible citizens who love an protect others will continue to own guns.

      April 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. jack

    The d-list celebrities have spoken. They should rule the country from their gated communities with armed security.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sgs10

    Who care what he thinks?

    April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Lmerr

    I've changed my opinion now. Also, I feel the need to pay way too much money to see an old man sing a bunch of crap nobody listens to until finally singing Hey Jude for the millionth time.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. sgs10

    Who cares what he thinks? Does he or anyone else think the bad guys will actually register their guns? How stupid is that?

    April 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • urstupid

      And why should we care what you think? Besides genius, nobody was trying to make you register your guns. Thanks for playing though.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. Great24856

    Go back to england and brush ur teeth paul.
    Make sure piers morgan and russel brand back with you. Those 2 might be more dangerous than any kind of rifle. More uneducated celebrities getting involved into stuff they dont know about. All those polls are not valid by the way. Created and voted on by left wing control freaks.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Name*bigboy

    Why do these overpaid entertainers think they have the right to spread their political views on everyone? They get paid to entertain not to gather the sheep. Every time another one opens their mouth, they lose more public following (spell money). Hopefully they go to some country that wants to believe their BS.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Linoge

      They're not allowed to voice their political opinions but you're allowed to get on here and express yours?

      April 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bw

      I think Paul has a HUGE right to his opinion- just like you do Bigboy. Especially since one of his best friends was blown away by a psychopath's pistol. You on the other hand, are just another gun nut in a sea of many. Look kids, nobody's trying to take away your toys. Most Americans can't even balance their friggin' check books. Sure don't want to trust them with guns. My god, it's like baby's having their candy taken away. How bout a nice cup of STFU?

      April 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Why do these overpaid entertainers think they have the right to spread their political views on everyone?"

      Do you mean other than the fact that his best friend was killed by a wing nut with a gun.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtrauben

      > I think Paul has a HUGE right to his opinion .. since one of his best friends was blown away by a psychopath's pistol.

      Excellent Tou took the words right out of my mouth!

      April 19, 2013 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  44. 1 Beatle Was In Charge...

    take the loss and move on...

    April 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. An Old Saying....

    sticks and stone may break my bones...but hacking will never hurt me...

    April 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Macca Fan

    Ok, I realize all of you seem to be jumping on the fact that Paul is a Brit and, therefore, should have no say in American politics. What you don't realize is that he's owned homes in Arizona, New York (city and state), California, and Florida since the late '60s. He mainly lives in NYC now, and was the person behind the Concert for New York and the 12.12.12 concert (concert for Sandy relief). He did both of those nearly anonymously because he sees himself as much an American as if he was born here, initially because of Linda, and now because of Nancy. He has long been against violence (the anti-land mine campaign), and the Beatles, Wings, and his solo work has been about peace and love.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. You Lost--Take the hit and move on--just like sly in rock 6

    go paul

    April 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Obamaphone

    Just remember folks! There's no bigger idiot on the internet than me! Obamaphone!

    April 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Left Hook 50

    Paul is a true champion in this matter.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Left Hook 50

    Paul is and true champion in this matter.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sokman

    @voice of reson... To assume that putting all gun owners in the same room to "let nature take its course" is laughable. What makes you think we'd have a mass shooting instead of forming the largest militia capable of defending & protecting the rights of Americans ever formed? Be careful what you wish for libs, you just may get it. You keep pushing your "rights" on our freedom & you're gonna back gun owners into a corner...

    April 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby


      April 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stop shooting bullets sweetie...

      you lost every which way-deal with it...

      April 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "you're gonna back gun owners into a corner..."

      That will certainly make It easier to drone bomb all of you nuts at once.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • So Sukkman

      So what you are saying, let's join forces and go after the government, just because most of America does not agree with you? Sounds kind of like treason to me. Yeah, I'd really like to see you gun nuts go up against our military, the greatest force on earth. We'd get rid of all you crazy nuts within days. Sounds like a really sound plan, Sukkman. Will you be leading the charge? lmao, at you dude. Such a morally bankrupt conservative.

      April 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Sokman

    Even if both polls were accurate, that would mean that 90% of only 4% of the American population supports tougher gun laws. We know that media polls favor whatever agenda they support, whichever side of the line they stand on, so its hard to say either side is accurate. But what exactly would this achieve that simply enforcing existing laws wouldnt? Felons are already prohibited from owning firearms, & stricter background checks wont reveal an undisclosed mental defeciency. We do know that most gun crimes & criminal activies in general are gang related. Gang, as in more than one armed criminal. So to Barney Fife the innocent by giving them one bullet that must remain in their pocket until its time to use it (too late in most cases) is absurd.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  53. It's Me

    He needs to go back to England and take Piers Morgan with him. We have the right to keep and bear arms, since you don't like it or support it you need to leave.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy W

      Americans have had influence in what goes on in countries all around the world since WW2 especially, mainly for good by the way. That's why the 20th century was called the "American Century" Paul McCartney has a global voice, he undoubtedly considers this a humanitarian tragedy, which it is when you realize over i million people have been killed in the US by firearms since John Lennon was shot dead in 1980. Why should it bother us if he listens to his conscience and speaks up – about gun violence, by the way, not the right to bear arms. And in a free society why does anyone "need to leave" for speaking an opinion? Or do you have something more like Nazi Germany in mind?

      April 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read a Book Dude

      The right to bear arms is not infringed by background checks being extended from store sales to internet and show sales. If this keeps one gun out of one nut or criminal's hands and saves one soul, it is worth doing. It's been in place a long time and until recently even the NRA was touting it. It makes sense. Don't tell people to go to England because you are incapable of common sense.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bullets Too Madge

      keep them coming...

      April 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth

      All guns sold over the Internet must be transferred from federally licensed gun dealer to federally licensed gun dealer. The buyer must undergo a background check before picking up his purchase from the federally licensed gun dealer. No exceptions.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The theme from rocky is in order...but dedicated too bulls.

    thanks for everything and please do not shoot people-

    April 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ringo?

    my grandmother use too make that was delicious!

    April 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Bulls--Looks like a win for Paul right?


    April 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kat

    Remembering John Lennon

    April 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. PeteH

    Here's a guy who was a part of a band that glorified drugs, which in turn led to the proliferation of the drug trade in the U.S, which is now responsible for the vast majority of gun violence in our country (something Obama and Co. never seems to want to do anything about). Sir McCartney, please, sit down and shut up, while we figure out how to deal with the problem you helped create.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  59. suzanne

    Happiness is a warm gun, bang bang shoot shoot.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jujubeans

      good one! 🙂

      April 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bridget

      Suzanne. I hope you never have to endure with the life long post traumatic depression, nightmares and physical symptoms that you would endure if you EVER had to take your gun and shoot another human being (for whatever reason). Your comment shows how heartless and ignorant your views are. I have to treat these sad people. Do your homework. Read about the aftermath of using a gun.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrDifficult

      They're Beatles lyrics, Bridiot.

      April 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dick Guzinyia

    Another useful idiot totally unqualified to comment on ANY issue of import.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Oakspar77777

    Freedom wins and the media and hollywood whine – the world is better than I thought!

    April 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      But I'm scared of inanimate objects and need the government to protect me.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  62. citizenUSA

    I'm sure by now most people realize, violence, is the problem. If someone wants to get you and does not have a gun, they will find another method. I agree with the more extensive background checks, gun show issues and in-line. I don't support limiting anything. Why? So someone can kill only 10 people as opposed to 20?

    April 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mickey

    when 90% of the american people want something, they should get it whether i agree with it or not. i am a big gun fan and own an assualt weapon (or two), but i am an even bigger fan of democracy.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Please learn something

      That "fact" touted by President Obama was a complete lie. CNN ran a story yesterday showing that 49% of people favored some change in gun control laws and it was not very specific as to what. That bill was atrocious, but like everything else rammed down our throats for the last 5 years, it didn't matter if it was bad legislation, it needed to be passed.

      I am sorry you don't like the 2nd amendment, if that is the case I suggest you seek to create a new amendment to eliminate it. However given the lack of support for even this bill, I am fairly certain that prospect will fail.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sokman

    @facts are facts... Do your homework. Expanded background checks would not keep guns out of the hands of the mentally incapable. @voice of reason... Without us, you "sane" people would still be living under British rule & paying more outlandish taxes than you do now. By your definition, sane & spineless have the same meaning

    April 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Sokman

    *Gloria Estafan*

    April 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Voice of Reason

    Here’s the solution: round up all these pro-gun, backwards thinking, red state, conservative rednecks and lock them into a big room together, fully armed. After awhile, nature will takes its course and the problem will solve itself. None of them will be missed, and the rest of us sane people can live in peace.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hingie

      I would love to see you try that one you liberal coward

      April 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      It would be a BIG room, and you'd be invited, pal.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      So you don't have problem with guns in general, but you do with, "pro-gun, backwards thinking, red state, conservative rednecks"? Thinking a rock can serve as well as a gun is backwards thinking. Do you think no blue state has pro-gun people, or rednecks? If you disagree with the new proposals then YOU are the conservative. Those who oppose it are the liberals.

      April 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Of course I meant to say if you AGREE with the new proposals you are the conservative.

      April 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dash Riprock

      Sorry but it's those "gun toting red necks" who actually know how to use a weapon, and show it respect. It's the little wimpy libs that pick up an assault weapon and kill people because their feelings got hurt.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      They do it every weekend at gun shows and shooting ranges across the country. About zero instances of violence at those places.

      Now if we were to lock up every gang member in Chicago and Detroit and LA in the same room, who tend to be liberal, I doubt the result would be so civil. See: any prison.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Facts are facts

    Nine in 10 Americans support expanding background checks on gun purchases in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, an extraordinary level of agreement on a political issue and a finding that’s been duplicated in nearly every major public poll.

    Google: what percentage of Amerricans want background checks on guns

    April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bs1

      In a completely biased poll of barely 1,000 persons from a carefuly selected demographic that they ridiculously claim is representetive of the views of 330,000,000 persons.

      The reality is that in far better and less biased polls reported by the likes of NPR the support for the "gun control" is 43% and dropping.

      57% of the US population is smart enough to realize that the ways criminals get guns are already federal felonies and no background check will have any effect on them.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Does that also include u watching me right now?

      Huh? just sayin

      April 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      If that is the wording, my point is proven.

      Once the wording and answer options are revealed to any of these surveys, I'll believe the numbers more. If the question was phrased "Do you believe in background checks on firearm purchases", my answer would be yes. That, however, does not imply I support expanding the system already in place, or that if I did favor expansion, I favor the legislation proposed.

      Similarly, if the question was "Do you support restrictions on assault weapons", my answer would be yes, as a true assault weapons is already heavily regulated. That does not mean I support a ban on cosmetic features on guns that are functionally no different than many exempted hunting rifles.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sokman

    John Lennon was killed by a man with severe mental issues, a gun just happened to be the weapon used. I find it interesting that of the celebs mentioned, only half are American citizens (I believe Gloria Estebon is Cuban). The Senate enacted the will of the people, regardless of what trumped up polls say. Those polls were likely taken in a very few liberal states, & voters were probably allowed to vote multiple times in the same poll. Lets concebtrate on getting guns away from mentally unstable people & start holding accountablle people who grant them access to guns, such as people who dont properly store unloaded guns in safes or with trigger locks, & quit trying to condemn innocent law abiding citizens for believing in what this once great country was founded on

    April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facts are facts

      That's exactly what the background check law would have done. You just proved the point, even though you obviously missed it.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bridget

      I understand where you are coming from. You are terrified that the redcoats are going to return and take back the colony. lol. But seriously, the rest of the world sees the U.S. as a violent, self-centered nation and we know that you don't care t what anyone else thinks. Just as long as you can have your weapons, nothing else matters. But, you don't want other countries to have weapons. Hmmmmmm. Interesting thought.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Sharky

    I wonder how many of these celebrities have BODYGUARDS and protection for them, and that protection just might be carrying guns as well.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Adam L

    Tony Bennett who told Howard Stern that we deserved 9-11 is supporting anti-gun measure. Paul McCartney ho isn't even an American citizen is urging us to call our senators. Mind your own business, hippies!

    April 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Tony Bennett also said we needed to legalize drugs after Whitney Houston died. Of course Whitney died from LEGAL Rx drugs anyway. People are suffering from LEGAL drugs use.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny


      So you name yourself Adam honor of Adam Lanza.

      And you denigrate 'hippies'.....which is a trope from South Park.

      Tell us....are you capable of an original thought. Becaues the crap that you post is neither original nor interesting.
      Instead of coming here and making a fool of yourself, why don't you turn on your radio and see what Rush is telling you to think today.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  71. RDH

    The two best things that we can do to prevent gun violence in schools is: 1 fund and enforce the laws we already have on the books. 2 provide special certification, training, and permits for select teachers to have the ability to carry concealed in the schools. Airplanes have under cover air marshals, schools should have undercover school marshals. If I was in the front office of sandy hook with my little 22lr pistol and ccw the only thing Adam Lanza would have shot there was the window.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  72. John W

    I like how all of these washed up celebs coming out to give their opinion that NO ONE cares about. The government spoke, so deal with it.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      John, It is your washed up opinion that no-one cares about–You are a moron

      April 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Hosun

    she degrades paul...that was just a bad day...

    April 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Hoda

    the best is yet too come

    April 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Carlos

    More guns please

    April 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Three

    Yes it is white trash your right–good point

    April 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  77. MARK

    iT comes down to this. The people who want assault rifles is because they are simply white trash that cant shoot straight and need as many bullets to get the job done. Grow up America you don't need a cannon to kill a dear. But there cover up is that they need it to protect themselves.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • iT girl

      it comes down too this....paul is still the cutest beatle....long live sir paul

      April 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheshie

      Call people names all you want; it does not change a thing. Fact is you lost big time, so put on your big boy underwear and deal with it!!

      April 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheshie

      Now I am not sure but, is a' dear', larger than a deer? I'm guessing smaller since you said "you don't need a cannon to kill a dear." A dear can be bad news I've heard!!

      April 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Just face it, libs LOST. Deal with it and move on. When u r ready for a rematch, come back, but untill then, quit your Pathetic whining,

      April 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Lennon

      The butthurt is strong with this one.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It comes down to this: I don't even hunt deer. I'm a college educated engineer living in a city, I own an AR over a single shot for the same reason I own a Mustang over a Corolla: it is far more entertaining.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  78. martina

    i am so happy paul finally met that right girl..that blond witch he was married too was the worst.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Frances Logan

    I have never posted anything before but I am compelled. Are all of you for real? Guns kill period. Britian has as been stated already 1/4 of the crime of USA. What will it take to make you realize there is a whole world out there that gets it right.
    Take notice of things that go on around you. You are not the be all and end all.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      After they get all the guns, they'll use them on those who disagree with them, like the Nazi did on the jews.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Duncan

      Here is what you need to get real: the UK is less populated and doesn't have the centrifuge of "Gang Related Crimes" that the U.S. has. If it were not for the inner city "drive by" shootings of these thugs killing each other, the crime rate in the U.S. would rival any country. And you are on another planet if you think that "guns kill people". It is bad people with guns, or knives, or a rock, or even a stick, that kill people. I think that perhaps you are the one who needs to "get real".

      April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Hey Bill, think they are coming for your guns. And you think that if you are armed you can stop them.

      Let's look at that. The US military....the most powerful and destructive force in the history of the human organization that can stamp out entire powerful that it could end all life on think that some hillbilly named Jethro is going to stop them with his shotgun.

      Bill. You pathetic clown. Grow up and grow a set. It takes real maturity to be a part of this debate...and you don't quaifiy.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoplain

      Jethro is hot...

      April 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • angie

      Sorry, Frances, but you are incorrect. Which crime are you talking about? Britain's violent crime rate 4 times higher than the U.S. Look it up. I have. And, no, not on Fox news. Using FBI and UK crime statistic sites. Gun crime is lower, but violent crime as a whole is MUCH higher.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Bahahahahaah Britain is still awash with crime. People have NO way to protect themselves now so non gun use crime is UP over there. Sheesh what ignorance.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      Jethro with a shotgun is far more educated and capable than a teen in Tribal Afghanistan, yet we're ready to give up on that fight.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  80. m with daughter

    Mccartney is a washed up gone brit!

    April 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • yea Brit--get lost

      April 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Go back to your cave in Arkansas and mate with your relatives;isn't that how you got here?

      April 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hank Hill

      You've got to love all the foreigners trying to dictate what we should do in our own country. They should worry about their own country, and mind their own business.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      Am I right that you have a daughter? Do you want her to grow up in a society where weaponry is so normal? Please, think about it. Jefferson, Washington and Franklin didn't want this type of country. They were just afraid of the redcoats coming back. It is so sad to see what is happening.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Bill

    What's does he know about guns? Only 39 people (7 of them female) were murdered by guns in England and Wales last year. We have so much more experience – 46,313 gun murders in the United States in the past five years. All they had were 233 gun murders (33 of them female).

    April 18, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Would you care to cite the source of your statistics?

      April 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      The UK has about 1/6 the population the US does. What is your point?

      April 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RDH

      Hey Bill how many were murdered with knives? Thats right no answer you fool.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy W

      In 2009 there were 9,203 firearm murders (not including suicides, or accidents which are more gun-enabling causes of death to the tune of 20,000+ per year), all the other types or weapons of murder came to 4,552 (source: Govt. census).

      April 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  82. JerryInDFW

    I understand that Paul had a close friend and former band member murdered. But he's not a U.S. citizen, and has no business using his influence, such as it might be, on this or any other issue affecting Americans.

    I know I'd appreciate it if he'd just go back to England and do what he used to do best – Music.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      I wish we could convince every citizen of every country around the world to STOP visiting U.S. as tourists, to STOP buying U.S made goods, and to STOP following the U.S. into every war they want to fight to keep the oil, until your country comes to its senses. Maybe there could even be a boycott like the world (including the U.S) put in place against South Africa until they came to their senses about how their citizens were being treated. Your citizens are dying by guns in the hands of others. Period.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Name*rene


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  84. ctbobster

    Paul McCartney is a high-society celebrity. Does that fact give him advance standing on the issue…. so much so that it must be reported by CNN? Does it cancel the opinion of an overwhelming majority of Americans who support the right to bear arms? Just asking.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • tim

      I resent any foreigners ex beatles or chinese nationals trying to influence public opinion and politics in america. I think it is pitiful that our polical system seems to embrace the great political minds in the entertainment industry to try and sway public opinion. Our leader should lead and have the mental capacity to present arguments for or against an issue.

      April 18, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Gallup poll showed 92% of Americans support background checks. This has nothing to do with cancelling " the opinion of an overwhelming majority of Americans who support the right to bear arms". Why should the Senate cancel the opinion of an overwhelming majority of Americans who support common sense background checks? Just asking.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      Maybe Sir Paul is still upset the US won independence in 1776 over England and is no longer under English rule. LOL.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  85. taxpayer

    Good thing we had guns when we fought the British.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      You got the statistical majority of them, along with their powder and shot, from the French, who somehow have managed to have a democracy, too, without a heavily armed citizenry.

      April 18, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      It is equally important that the guns that we had were of "military utility" as the writers of the second amendment intended that we'd be allowed to keep and bear. The number of colonists who agreed with the Declaration of Independence was single digit until after the British attacked our armories in an attempt to disarm us. Does this sound like a familiar scenario? It should, because it is exactly what has preceded every historic genocide that the Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership studied and included in their fine publications.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ※Sadie※

    Once again, the US Senate did not do the will of the people. How can they, in good conscience, not listen to the 90% of America that wants stronger gun laws? Exactly who were they working for in that vote, the NRA and the gun manufacturers, that's who. We put these jokers into their jobs to do the work of the people, not special interests. If your Senator voted against this bill, write them, call them, and let them know you are outraged by their vote. We have to get rid of the filibuster rule, too. Why should the minority out weigh the majority? The Senate can't even take a straight up or down vote on anything anymore. The whole thing is just shameful, in my opinion.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • urwrong

      Sadie, you had better check your news soures – if you think 90% of the people in this country want more gun control. If you can find an actual news source other than the liberal main stream media you may find out the truth, not just hype that is passed down from the administration. WAKE UP!

      Why not focus on the real problem – guns are not the problem, nut case people are the problem.

      April 18, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • JerryInDFW

      90%? I'm sorry, but you cannot just pull numbers out of thin air and state them as fact.

      April 18, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      Ok, I stand corrected. I just went and checked some credible polls. 80% want better background checks, 80% want to make sure that the mentally disturbed can't buy a gun, 55% want a ban on assault weapons, 50% want a ban on high capacity clips. Now, this bill only dealt with background checks, and to shut down gun show loopholes and online sales. So, again, the vast majority of Americans wanted this bill passed. I did take the 90% from news sources. My apologies.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Recent Gallup poll showed 92% of Americans support background checks. Why should the Senate cancel the opinion of an overwhelming majority of Americans who support common sense background checks?

      April 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      You are completely incorrect. In the most recent gun control polls the majority of Americans wanted this bill voted down and that is what happened. Sorry if your views differ from the majority, but you don't get to make up your own facts. Educate yourself on the truth before making up statistics.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Dean

      Who's your source, Fox News? You are so totally wrong. Easy to type untrue facts to prove your pinhead opinion.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      LOL We HAVE gun laws already it is called enforcing them. LOL. NOT MORE laws.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky


      Funny Gallup poll for April 2013 shows only 4% of the nation thinks gun control is important. LOL.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      I have been off doing more research. I now stand behind my original statement of 90%. I should not have take one poll as fact. I've now read a dozen. They all say the same thing. Look, I'm not against owning guns. I have one myself. You are guaranteed under the law the right to bear. What is the big deal about more thorough background checks to keep guns out of criminals and the mentally deranged persons hands?

      April 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  87. tonyh110

    That smelly little scouse git needs to mind his own business – like that or moron Brit on CNN

    April 18, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  88. Gunowner

    When will these Hollywood idiots stop trying to sway the government with their right wing agendas. Lets get the collective opinion of 5 Million Bubbas who have guns, use guns and will defend the Hollywood idiots from the tyranny of the Washington crowd. GET IT. NO GUNS MEANS GOVERNMENT CONTROL. Lets get mental issues under control. Then the GUN ISSUES will take care of themselves. The only way to have peace and freedom is to maintain control over the Government. WE THE PEOPLE.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahem...

      "...Hollywood idiots...with their right wing agendas?" Really? Unless you've been asleep, most of the Hollywood crowd arguably has a left wing agenda. Gun enthusiasts, gun nuts and gun rights backers are mostly on the right side/wing of the political spectrum. Otherwise, you're correct that we need to focus more on mental issues that seem to lead to gun violence. You're wrong that the left's desire for gun control means "no guns." They just want sensible control over what kind of guns the general public has access to.

      April 18, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  89. Tom

    I bet is body guard has a gun???!!!

    April 18, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      He wouldn't need a body guard if there weren't any head case NRA gun loving zombies out there. And need I remind you, John Lennon happened to have been murdered by another head case with a gun.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • CEO Expert

      Body Guards do have guns...

      April 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean


      Since you feel that there are crazy people with guns out there then why do you protest the fact that I want to protect myself? If we start by not allowing any private security personnel to be armed would that be ok? When you can guarantee my safety I will give you my gun. Until then you can go pound sand.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky


      So by your thoughts we should lock of everyone with a mental disease. NRA members are not out killing people, criminals and people with mental issues ARE.

      So much for your irrational and massively illogical posting.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Jim Maloney

    He should stay in England where he belongs. Where violent crime is higher than in the US and folks have no way to defend themselves from it. Folks who are not citzens of this country have no say in the matter.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      He has property here, pays taxes and has married two American wormen. He has every right to voice his opinion.

      April 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  91. john

    why would anyone care what paul mc cartney or any celebrity thinks.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy W

      Oh I don't know, maybe because it helps bring more attention to something the majority of us care about.

      April 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wil

      Libs listen to celeberties however misguided the celeberty views are but conservatives are just as stupid listening to the corporations or lobbiest like the NRA. You have a right to protect yourself with a gun but from that same very old paper, you have freedom of speech. And by the way, all of us were immigrants if you go back far enough.

      April 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  92. amante bate

    Guns are made to protect one's self, loved ones, property, rights under the law, but when these are used to kill and maim innocent civilians ownership must be restricted and limited. McCartney possesses all the rights to express his opinion.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  93. RON KEE


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  94. palintwit

    I won't be forming my own opinion on the tragedy in Boston until I hear what Sarah Palin has to say about it. Afterall, she is my moral compass and my guiding light. I hope she is for you as well.

    April 18, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  95. Mike

    I may disagree with the outcome of the senate vote yesterday but this is a completely American issue and not for outsider! McCartney should mind his own business. He is not American and this issue is none of his business.

    April 18, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • wildkippy

      maybe because he lives here in the US? Maybe because his mate John Lennon was shot & killed on an American street? Maybe because he comes from a land that uses no guns and still keeps the civil peace? Maybe cause he wants to help? Stop using your short-minded head and start using common sense like the gun laws should be changed, to common sense gun laws.

      April 18, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy W

      Americans have had influence in what goes on in countries all around the world since WW2 especially, mainly for good by the way. That's why the 20th century was called the "American Century" Paul McCartney has a global voice, he undoubtedly considers this a humanitarian tragedy, which it is when you realize over i million people have been killed in the US by firearms since John Lennon was shot dead in 1980. Why should it bother us if he listens to his conscience and speaks up?

      April 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Duh

    Paul McCartney isn't even from this country, so why does he think it is any of his business? S

    April 18, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Maybe it is because the United Nations is pushing the agenda to disarm all of the peasants so they can't resist the feudal system of one world government, and Sir Paul has always supported their "humanitarian" programs.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The peasants are in.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Billy boy,

      Now it's the 'United Nations' and 'world government'.

      What's next? Floridation of water? Commie conspiricy. Here's a news flash bozo.....IT IS NOT THE 1950s.

      No wonder the NRA is soooo powerful, with morons like you supporting it.

      Take your metal penis/gun and put it where you secretly want your mouth. Then squeeze that trigger.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogina

      i feel like a beatles tune

      April 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      Maybe all the citizens of other countries in the world who visit the U.S. as tourists should consider NEVER travelling there again. I live 20 minutes from the border. I think I will stop travelling to U.S. and encourage everyone I know to stop spending our tourist dollars in the U.S. and go to safer countries.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • card51short

      it's always those are are anti the 2nd amendment who are most violent. They want you to DIE because you don't agree with them. They are truly sick. Obama has killed hundreds of children with his drone attacks but there will be no marches against this. No background checks for our government under Bush and Obama who have killed thousands of civilians. It's OK for them to have guns and kill people...but YOU cannot be trusted.

      April 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |

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