Steve Austin Offers Thoughts on Gun Laws & Background Checks Following Recent Mass Shootings


WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s Amy Campbell about a myriad of topics, and during the discussion the Texas Rattlesnake weighed in with his thoughts on the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Beyond being a globally recognized superstar in pro wrestling and popular culture, Austin is also a Texas native and by his own admission, an “avid outdoorsmen and hunter”, and while he was certainly hesitant to dive into the can of worms that is the topic of gun reform laws, “Stone Cold” believes background checks should be far more comprehensive than what we currently have in the U.S.

“As far as gun laws go, that’s such a complex subject. I believe that background checks should be way more extensive than they are now. I’m an avid outdoorsmen. Everybody knows that I’m an avid hunter. I like to shoot targets. But I’m extremely safe with all of my firearms, and I think that maybe it should be mandatory that people should be taught, from a respect standpoint, what these things can do.”

“Stricter gun control laws? I don’t want to get into that. Deeper background checks? Certainly. … They should do a real extensive background check on who, and what, they are selling firearms to.”

“It just seems like people don’t understand the value of a life. I don’t know if we’re just becoming dehumanized, but I don’t understand it. Back in the day when I was a kid, you just never thought of things like like. If you asked me what I think should happen to the type of people who are doing these type of things… I would have a very harsh sentencing for people like that.”

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