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Arnie calls for debate on firearm laws to stop deaths

Shereen Low

Published 23/01/2013 | 05:00

ACTION movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for "a very serious debate" to help minimise US gun tragedies. The 65-year-old returns to the big screen as the sheriff of an Arizona border town in 'The Last Stand', his first leading role since serving as the governor of California for seven years.

Schwarzenegger, who was in London to launch the movie, suggested US leaders need to look further than just examining gun laws.

He was speaking in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut, last month in which a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 pupils and six staff. The incident shocked the US and led to fresh calls for gun law reform.

Schwarzenegger said: "The key thing when you have a tragedy like that is everyone comes together and has a very serious debate of what we can do in order to minimise these incidences."

The "Governator" said shootings such as the one in Connecticut are not solely a "gun issue". He said contributing factors would need to be addressed.

The Austrian-born actor and former bodybuilder went on: "Is it something that can be changed with the gun laws?

Is this something that can be changed with the way we look at mental illness? Are we looking seriously at our schools – are they safe?

So if someone comes in, should there be metal detectors or guards since this is a different world?"

"I think we need to look at all of those things and the Obama administration will look at all of those things and much more, so it's not just a gun thing.

It's all of those things," he said.

Irish Independent

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