Jon Voight: Don't Use 'Mental Illness' to Take Gun Rights (Jon Voight/Facebook)
By Eric Mack and Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 29 May 2022 08:22 AM
Renowned actor and conservative Jon Voight issued a solemn message to the victims of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting, saying "they have been taken down by insanity" but warning "we must not allow mental illness to take away our right to bear arms."
"It's not about left-right, guns or no guns; this is about brains that are disfunctioning," Voight said in a pair of videos posted to his Twitter account Saturday. "This is mental. This is not about healthy human beings serving the country with arms to bear, or even the right of this Constitution for bearing arms. It is a right to use arms with proper purpose to defend one's safety.
"We must not allow mental illness to take away our right to bear arms. This is about trusting the Constitution, our rights, our reason."
In the second video, Voight did add mentally ill individuals should be vetted through background checks for "their credentials" and "mental capacity to bear arms."
"We must identify every individual for their credentials, for their mental capacity to bear arms," Voight said, calling for background checks to fully vet the mentally ill. "There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership and proper testing. One should only own a gun if they're qualified and schooled."
Voight expressed a deep sadness for the 19 children and two teachers murdered by an 18-year-old gunman in a video called "My soul cries for all lost," posted originally to Facebook.
"Oh my heart bleeds for all those who were lost; my soul cries: We must do something about these horrors they are taking out on innocent beings, humans who each have lives and years of life that they're supposed to live," Voight began. "They have been taken down by insanity.
"This insane, inhuman, disturbed, walking souls have grown up in households of abuse. These beings have been bullied, and they take out their disturbances, their grief, their horror on innocent souls."
Voight, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, ended his video, "May God watch over all and bring comfort for this loss, which may never heal for each child was so precious a gift."