PHILIP ANSELMO: Why I Loathe Guns

PHILIP ANSELMO: Why I Loathe Guns

Former PANTERA and current SUPERJOINT and DOWN singer Philip Anselmo was interviewed on a recent episode of "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon". You can now listen to the hour-long chat in the YouTube clip below.

Speaking about political division in the United States and the tendencies of people to isolate themselves within their ideological bubbles, Anselmo said: "The media, on a political level, [is] leaning so hard left or so hard right that you've gotta look at both sides to even feel where the moral compass should lie or a free-thinking mind should lie.

"I think that if I had to be stuck on some political scale, I would be easily on the left, and probably surprisingly so on the left on a lot of topics," he revealed. "Like gun control or something like that. I loathe guns and I loathe war, and there's many reasons [for that]. It was instilled in me [from when I was] a young boy. Because I grew up with causalties of [the] Vietnam [war] in my house, in my first memories of childhood. So I had the Vietnam war and all of its horrors explained to me as a young child in his earliest memories. So I'm not a gun guy. I realize America's gun problem is impossible to roll back. But would it be better if there were less guns on the street? You're fucking-A right. So, anyway, that's just one little thing.

"To me, if the wings are hard left and hard right, they're the same bird, man — that's the same bird to me," he continued. "I don't want either one. They're both authoritarian and ridiculous in their outlooks.

Story continues after advertisement

"I guess the point I'm getting at is even the news that we get is partisan — it's leaned towards one way or the other, and it's maddening, man.

"When are we gonna get back to the truth? When are we gonna get back to thicker skin and approaching topics of the truth that might be uncomfortable, but still we can find common ground within this framework called truth instead of tiptoeing on eggshells and shit?

"I think what the hard left does with trying to put everybody in a box… And so does the hard right — fuck them too, man! If skin color is any graph or any measure of anything, then count me out — count me out of that stupid shit."

Anselmo added: "To me, the arguments from the hard left and the hard right are an insult to our collective intelligence at this point. I think that we should be discussing far more advanced topics than shit that happened hundreds of years ago, if not 50 years ago, if not 10 years ago.

"As individuals, I think that we need to stay staunch in our individuality and learn how to stand on our own two fucking legs before we can offer help to anyone else. We need to worry about ourselves more than some giant collection of people with the same politics.

"I find the whole thing repugnant, I find the whole thing ridiculous."

Philip's solo project, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, released its sophomore album, "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue", last month via Anselmo's Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. The disc is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut, "Walk Through Exits Only", which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).