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.
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.”