Oct. 11, 2013
Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder had some harsh words for gun rights advocates last week.
In an interview he did with surfer Mark Richards to promote the band’s new album being released next week, Vedder said, “I get so angry that I almost wish bad things upon these people” (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):
EDDIE VEDDER, PEARL JAM: You know, this day and age, whether the world’s gone absolutely fucking crazy mad, I think in some ways you’re trying to provide even yourself some glimmer of hope. You know, the fact that we’re living in a country where 90 percent of the people want further gun laws to maybe somehow put a dent in some of this insanity that’s happening, and yet there’s no further legislation taking place. It’s very frustrating and upsetting. And if I didn’t have music to kind of at least get some of the aggression out or take the edge off, I think that you wouldn’t want me having a gun either.
And it’s such a bizarre thing that issue too because, bottom line, they can talk about defending their home or it’s based in the Constitution when, you know, again, when that was put in the Constitution, you know, it took about three and a half minutes to load one pellet into a barrel with powder and the whole thing. So, you know, those laws are antiquated, and the fact that we have, you know, 30 bullet magazines and this, that, and the other thing. And really, the best argument that I can hear, or the one that they have outside of, you know, being in the Constitution is that it’s fun. It’s fun. And so is driving at night at 95 miles an hour.
I get so angry that I almost wish bad things upon these people. But I don’t have to because it seems like they happen anyways. It seems like every week I’m reading about a 4-year-old either shooting their sister, their dad, their dog, or their brother or themselves, because there’s fucking guns laying around. But I guess it’s fun.