June 13, 2016


Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Calls for Gun Control After Orlando Shooting

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball

Political punk hero and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the weekend's tragic shooting at Orlando LGBT club Pulse that left 50 dead and many more injured. Outraged, she used the opportunity to call for gun control.

She told the publication:

"It's completely fucked up. It was the first thing I read this morning and – just terrifying.  It was so fucking alarming between that and the shooting that happened with the singer from The Voice on Friday. Even going to the Bataclan in Paris, that just seeps into reality in this really fucking alarming way. You'd ideally want to think that venues and shows and clubs, places where people are going to dance and celebrating and enjoying life would be the safe place, but it's clearly not. To think that whatever crazy fucking religious wars or whatever wars are happening out there are leaking into those areas, it's so fucking terrifying."

Grace continued, referencing her own Floridian childhood:

"[Guns] were such a part of the culture growing up. Same people who are telling you, 'Oh the government is trying to take away our guns,' are living in extremes where it's like, 'Don't you think this is fucking a little bit out of control that they have that fucking access to weapons?' And for what?"

Read the full conversation here, then watch a throwback video with Against Me!, filmed in 2007: