When Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt pulls the trigger on a firearm on the big screen, you can be sure he appreciates what the weapon does. That’s because Pitt has been a gun owner since he was a 6 year old.
According to the Independent:
“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said Pitt. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”
The actor – who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri – was first given an air gun, then received a shotgun when he was six. By the time he was eight, he had fired a handgun.
In addition, Pitt explained, “The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon.”
However, this isn’t the first time Pitt has come out in support of gun rights.
After the Aurora, CO, theater shooting in 2012, Pitt said:
“America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.”
With so many Hollywood actors these days using firearms in their movies but then supporting strict gun control legislation, Pitt’s take on guns rights is definitely unusual.