Veteran actor Harrison Ford is urging American officials to change the country's gun laws in the wake of a fatal shooting, which left six people dead, in Arizona last weekend. Jared Lee Loughner is alleged to have embarked on a shooting spree at a political event in the state on Saturday, killing six, including a nine-year-old child, as well as seriously injuring congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Ford was stunned to read about the atrocity and he's appealed to U.S. lawmakers to tighten up their rules about who can be licensed to own a gun. He tells Britain's The Times, "I don't think that what we have now is so much politics as it is merchandising. It's a service... and that's what's so discouraging, the lack of willingness to come together and get things done."
"It's depressing. It's terribly simple, in a way. I mean, I'm talking about Arizona, now. A nutbag with a computer is just a nutbag with a computer, but you put a gun in his hand and suddenly you've empowered him. It would be so easy to change our mindset about guns, but we seem incapable of it."
Loughner appeared in a Phoenix, Arizona court on Monday, January 10 to face a number of charges in relation to the attack. He was held without bail and is due back in court on January 24.
In the same interview, Harrison Ford also said he is surprised Hollywood bosses decided against changing the name of his new movie "Morning Glory" for British audiences - because the phrase has a sexual meaning in the U.K. The actor teams up with Diane Keaton to play the warring co-hosts of a flagging morning news show in the comedy, which is set to debut in Britain later this month.
But Ford admits he was shocked to discover the film's title wouldn't be altered for its release in the country, as 'Morning Glory' is a well-known term for an erection of the penis during sleep. He tells Britain's The Times, "Oh yes, I do (know what it means). I couldn't believe that they didn't change it. It's amazing. But nobody seemed interested in even talking about it."
But the actor is full of praise for his latest project, insisting the funny script is "rare" in modern comedy movies. Ford adds, "I thought it was intelligent, witty. I thought the script was good, which is rare in comedy these days. They're mostly profane and adolescent."