I’m not a huge fan of musicians pausing in the middle of a set to express their political views — any more than I’d like to see a politician pause in the middle of a speech and start singing Free Bird. (This despite the fact that I’ve been known to shout Free Bird! in inappropriate venues at inconvenient times.) Still, Slayer frontman Tom Araya gets it right on gun rights whilst addressing a Swiss audience:
I’m not gonna name names, but you can see what’s going on in other countries. ‘Cause they can’t protect themselves. And that’s what I’m talking about: being able to protect yourself and your fellow countrymen and your f**king country. I’m being serious, man. This isn’t a f**king joke. You know, it really sucks to know that other people die, because you can’t protect them. That f**king sucks.
Awesome. Now — to mash up Jimmy Hendrix and Ted Nugent — pardon me while I kiss my GLOCK.