Stevie Wonder is suggesting that he could soon be heading to his local store to prove that gun laws in the United States are so ridiculously lax that even a legally blind can buy a firearm.
CNN host Piers Morgan spoke to Wonder on Monday before his Inaugural Ball performance at the Washington Convention Center to find out what the musician thought of President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech.
“It was a great speech,” Wonder said. “We can’t talk about it and just talk about it, we got to be about it. We’ve got to take off the gloves of being a politician and really look at the reality of how we are and where we are as human beings on this planet. And we’ve got to do and make this planet more green, we’ve got to do something about the various things that he’s talked about, and the rights of women and people in general.”
He also said that people shouldn’t just watch tragedies like the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on the news “and then after it dies down, we wait for it to happen it again.”
“I was thinking, you know, because I saw you on the TV talking about the whole gun [control] thing, and I was talking to one of my friends and I said, ‘You know what? You should go get me a gun or me go with you to get a gun and then show how easy it is for me to get a gun,'” Wonder explained. “Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy.”
“I think we have to do something about it and I’m hoping in these next four years with an idea that I’ve come up with that I can do something about how we can come up with a solution, because there’s a solution to any problem and I think we just have to get to it.”
There is currently no federal law prohibiting seeing-impaired people from buying or owning guns.
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Jan. 21, 2013.