Ben Affleck discussed his bad experience with firearms while filming for the Dazed and Confused in Texas. The 48-year-old actor described his awful experiences of vising Austin gun ranges in Texas alongside his colleagues during the filming of the 1994 film in which he portrayed a high school bully Fred O'Bannion. Affleck's performance was astounding, given his resemblance to O'Bannion in real life.
"Texas had extremely lax gun laws and most of us came from states where it was next to impossible to buy guns," Affleck recounted. "Part of the newfound freedom being down there was a bunch of us bought guns and went shooting at ranges on weekends, which seemed fun and innocent at the time, but given the subsequent tragedies with young people and guns, it makes me uncomfortable to remember."
Surprisingly, the 'Good Will Hunting' actor praised firearms after a confrontation with his wife Jennifer Garner's stalker. The court had ordered Steven Burky to stay away from Garner in 2008 but was arrested in 2009 after he was found outside her daughter Violet's school.
Affleck told Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that he owned several guns and felt so much at ease with firearms since the confrontation.
"The stalker had been to our house many times and ultimately came to my children's school and was arrested. It gave me a stronger sense of feeling protective about my family," he said. "There's a lot of crazy, weird people out there. It's an ugly world."
Back then, Affleck presented himself as a gun-owning liberal – we have many of those recently although most aren't genuine. Unsurprisingly, after joining the "woke" movement, he despises the tools that allowed him to handle a potentially dangerous situation. Most Americans without expensive private guards would wish to have similar capabilities to protect their families if a similar situation arises.
However, Affleck and his fellow Hollywood celebrities-cum-gun-experts would not understand the experiences of ordinary Americans. This is the reason why the actor feels guilty or is hypocritically remorseful for visiting gun ranges in Texas. However, I bet he doesn't regret protecting his family using the devices he now demonizes.
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