Appearing at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, singer Tony Bennett and other stars pushed for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown shootings, while Kerry Kennedy and Martin Luther King III recalled the violence that took the lives of their fathers almost 45 years ago.
The event, organized by Demand a Plan and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was designed to keep pressure on lawmakers to take action on gun violence.
Bennett, however, was the most outspoken when it came to his own view of guns.
He said that he told his children “just don’t ever have a gun. No guns in my house. They are
“I just believe that assault weapons, they were invented for war. They
shouldn’t be on our streets here.”
He warned of a “kind of turn that happened to the
great country of Germany when Nazis came over and created tragic things, and
they had to be told off. If we continue this kind of violence and accept it in
our country, the rest of the world is really going to take care of us in a
very bad way.”
Bennett was an Army infantryman who was on the front lines as U.S. forces entered Germany in 1945.
He also called himself “a pacifist. I am very far out. I am against violence. I am
against war. The average answer is there’s always going to be wars. I
personally believe that some day the world will become sane and realize the ignorance of war because life is absolutely a gift.”