July 23, 2012


Madonna Defies Scottish Gun Law After Theater Shooting

Kevin Mazur
Kevin Mazur

Madonna has made a career out of breaking rules, but this one might be just a tad untimely. Scottish officials warned the pop icon not to brandish prop machine guns and pistols during her MDNA show in Edinburgh Saturday due to gun laws enacted after the 1996 Dunblane school massacre. Madge basically flipped them the bird and went ahead with it anyway. Besides obeying the country's regulations, cops were also hoping Madonna could tone it down for the show, which took place not even 48 hours after the tragic movie theater shooting that killed 12 in Aurora, Colorado.

It's possible that Madge doesn't read the news—or let any of the minions who surround her read the news—but we gotta call Madonna's defiance of the warning nothing but bad taste. A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns told the Daily Record, "Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better."

Scottish officials say no action will be taken against Madonna for ignoring the warning, and Madge has yet to address the issue. Maybe one of her friends can set her up with the New York Times app for her iPad or something? Better yet, the BBC News app—they speak in that accent she likes.