Welp, colour me surprised – I had no idea Brad Pitt was gun happy, but apparently he is. In fact, he got his first gun while he was still in kindergarten and to this day, won’t be at home without a gun stashed somewhere. But wait, before you get all up in arms, Brad does understand the gravity of possessing weapons and would never go crazy with them.
From Radio Times (via The Telegraph):
“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.
The Radio Times reports that Pitt doesn’t feel that he and his family are safe unless there is a gun in the house.
“The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon,” he said.
I guess fair enough. He seems relatively sane and especially as a celebrity and the amount of crazies there are in the world, I suppose he feels he needs to be hyper-vigilant to keep his family safe. It’s a shame we live in a world where we need guns to protect ourselves, but it’s tale as old as time and not likely to change anytime soon, unfortunately, as long as ACTUAL psychos are able to get a hold of guns and other weapons.
I personally would never be able to live in a house with a gun – it would give me all kinds of anxiety, especially if children are present (though again, I do understand there are ways to ensure children don’t get a hold of guns, etc – but nothing is fail-proof!), but to each his own.