Former WWE superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin recently spoke with Sports Illustrated to hype his new USA Network program Straight Up Steve Austin. During the interview, Austin was asked about his thoughts on gun control following the streak of tragic mass shootings that have plagued the Unites States, most recently in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio. The Rattlesnake admitted that it was a complex subject, but was able to give an honest an unbiased answer as to where the problem could be fixed.
Just as far as gun laws go, that’s such a complex subject. I believe in background checks should be way more extensive than they are now. I’m an avid outdoors man. Everybody knows that I’m an avid hunter. I like to shoot targets, but I’m extremely safe with all of my firearms and I think that maybe it should be mandatory that people are taught just from a respect standpoint of what these things can do. I don’t know. Stricter gun control laws? I don’t want to get into that. Deeper background checks? Certainly. I mean, they crawl up, when you’re just trying to apply for a mortgage, for a loan, so by the same token, they should do a real extensive background check on who and what they’re selling a firearm to.
Austin continued, speaking on the importance of valuing life.
It just seems like people don’t understand the value of a life, with everyone I don’t know just becoming dehumanized or whatever the deal is. I don’t understand it because back in the day when I was a kid, you just never thought of things like this. I can’t go off the rails because if you ask me what I think should happen to the people who are doing these type of things, I’ll plead the fifth because what I would say would not be very kind to very many, many people out there. I would have very harsh sentencing for people like that, and that is the bottom line.
You can watch Austin’s full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Cageside Seats)