Actor Mark Ruffalo Slams 'Selfish Children' Advocating Right to 'Militarized Weaponry'

Actor Mark Ruffalo, currently starring in the Reagan-bashing AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” on HBO, told The Wrap website that any debate about gun control lingering in the wake of America's most recent mass shooting in Santa Barbara is “completely outrageous.”

“I don't know how many more of these are going to happen before we start to act like adults, instead of running around like a bunch of selfish children because there's some sort of machismo connected with the idea of having militarized weaponry sitting in your closet,” Ruffalo told TheWrap. ”It's just ridiculous. And our kids are paying the price.”

“And for what? What are we going to do with all of this weaponry? Are we going to declare war on our military? Where does it lead, and where does it end? It's just an escalation,” Ruffalo continued. “Next people are going to be, ‘Well, I need a rocket launcher because that dude's using a rocket launcher over there.’ It keeps going on and on and on. And the writing's on the wall. It's going to come to a head.”

Ruffalo, perhaps better known to mainstream movie audiences as The Hulk in Marvel's “Avengers” franchise, will next be seen on the big screen in “Foxcatcher,” a wrestling drama that ends in deadly gun violence.

Ruffalo stars as real-life Olympic wrestler David Schultz, who was murdered by his brother's wrestling mentor John du Pont. Steve Carell takes a career-defining turn as du Pont, and Channing Tatum co-stars as Schultz's brother, Mark.

“I don't know how many more kids are going to have to die before we have a serious adult discussion about how to best handle these problems,” Ruffalo said.


Ruffalo's best known for protesting fracking. His Twitter account is also touting French economist Thomas Piketty trashing capitalism:

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