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Julianne Moore: ‘I Want to Shape the Gun Industry Like the Car Industry’

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Americans have a constitutional right to own a gun, but not to drive a car. During a conference with First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Julianne Moore indicated that she wants to change that.

“I want to shape the gun industry like the car industry,” she said.

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Moore explained at the conference, hosted by MORE magazine, that guns needed many of the same restrictions as cars.

“That was a very dangerous machine that was invented … we changed the culture around driving and then that automobile became slightly less dangerous,” she said. “Why can’t we do the same with guns?”

Moore said she was inspired to start a group where celebrities could voice their support of gun control after the Hollywood Reporter ran an article on her view on guns.

“They ran a headline that said, ‘Julianne Moore does not believe in guns,’” she recalled. “I was like, how does this happen? How did something that was really meant to be kind of a practical and a common-sense comment turned into click bait.”

The actual headline of the story was: “Julianne Moore Believes in Therapy, Not God (And Definitely Gun Control).”

She praised President Obama for his recent executive action on gun control — especially his efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

“This is not something that’s anti-Constitution,” she said.

She discussed her work with anti-gun rights group Everytown For Gun Safety and the agenda that she was seeking in every state.

“We’d like to see universal background checks. I’d like to see a lockbox in every household that has a kid in it that also has a gun. We just want to take steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” she said. “And it will be slow and probably a little bit boring, but it will get done. I really do believe it will get done.”


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