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Friday 30 January 2015

Chris Rock talks death threats

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Chris Rock
'Grown Ups 2' film premiere, New York, America - 10 Jul 2013
Chris Rock

Chris Rock said people threatened to take his life after he spoke out on gun control issues.

The 49-year-old comedian joined fellow celebrities like Tony Bennett and Amanda Peet in Washington D.C. last year to voice support for President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda.

Chris reveals soon after vocalising his sentiments on the issue, some people were so irate with his stance they threatened to take his life.

"I went to D.C. There was like, some rally about gun control,” he recalled on Chelsea Handler’s talk show Chelsea Lately.

"So I went down there and I, you know, spoke a little bit about, a little bit on gun control. And then I got all these crazy emails and texts back from people cursing me out on my website, like, ‘I'll kill you! I'll kill you, you bastard, I'll shoot you in the head!' And I was like, ‘You know what? This ain't worth it.’ You need a machine gun to go against the gun people!"

Chris owns firearms, but he doesn’t think the powerful killing machines should fall in the wrong hands.

"Hey, I have guns … I've got all kinds of guns, man, fun guns, love guns," he joked.

“I'm not like a gun ... like, 'Get rid of all the guns,' but I just don't think people should have machine guns in their house.”

Chris will host the 2014 BET Awards, which take place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

And although Jay-Z and Beyoncé are up for trophies, the funnyman previously revealed he’ll be saving most of his cheers for more lesser-known talent.

"I'm rooting for everybody," he told People magazine. "It's weird because I usually root for the person whose life it'll change the most. I love Beyoncé, but she'll be fine whether she wins or not. I root for the little people."

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