Actor Jason Alexander has had several political and media flare-ups in recent years reminiscent of Alexander’s signature role as George Costanza on Seinfeld. Alexander tweeted jabs at Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential debate last February, and quickly apologized to The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation after calling cricket a “gay sport” on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson in June. On Sunday Alexander tweeted a link to a lengthy statement on the “Dark Knight” shooting and reactions to an earlier comment Alexander made that “he cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacare.”
“I’d like to preface this long tweet by saying that my passion comes from my deepest sympathy and shared sorrow with yesterday’s victims and with the utmost respect for the people and the police/fire/medical/political forces of Aurora and all who seek to comfort and aid these victims,” Alexander begins.
“Clearly, the angry, threatened and threatening, hostile comments are coming from gun owners and gun advocates,” Alexander writes. “Despite these massacres recurring and despite the 100,000 Americans that die every year due to domestic gun violence – these people see no value to even considering some kind of control as to what kinds of weapons are put in civilian hands.”
Alexander later tweeted a correction that he intended to write “100,000 incidents” of death or injury with guns per annum, not ”100,000 guns deaths.”
Alexander goes on to analyze the text of the Second Amendment, what Alexander Hamilton had to say about a militia, and the Merriam-Webster definition of the word.
“The advocates of guns who claim patriotism and the rights of the 2nd Amendment – are they in well-regulated militias? For the vast majority – the answer is no,” the actor writes.
“There is no excuse for the propagation of these weapons. They are not guaranteed or protected by our constitution,” Alexander concludes near the end of the over 1,700-word statement. “If they were, then we could all run out and purchase a tank, a grenade launcher, a bazooka, a SCUD missile and a nuclear warhead. We could stockpile napalm and chemical weapons and bomb-making materials in our cellars under our guise of being a militia.”
Read Alexander’s complete statement here.
Many celebrities took to Twitter Friday and over the weekend to offer condolences to victims and their families while commenting on the sadness of the situation, with most avoiding political commentary. However, not long after the shooting was reported CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted that “America has got to do something about its gun laws.” Q-Tip, formerly of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, commented “Bloomberg is gonna us this to ramp up that stop n frisk thing…”