Markiplier Weighs In On Gun Control: “We Need To Ban Assault Rifles”
26 February 2018, 10:48 | Updated: 26 February 2018, 10:50
"Some of my fans have been affected by this"
Markiplier has made a rare move and posted a video explicitly addressing a hot button political topic: gun control. Mark touches on the work being done by students following the deadly Parkland Mass Shooting in Florida, saying "I'm incredibly proud with how the kids have been handling themselves."
He then goes on to say that: "I usually I stay out of anything to do with politics... but in this particularly case I felt I needed to say something because some of my fans have been affected by this"
Mark is keen to establish that he does not approach the topic from a place of ignorance or naivety. He describes his experience with guns as 'extensive' and says his father was in the military and a member of the NRA, even building rifles as a hobby. He says as a child he was taught to 'respect' guns, with regard to their dangerousness.
He then proceeds to state: "I don't think people should be able to access assault rifles... assault rifles exist solely to kill people."
Mark makes his case based on the fact that weapons like the AR-15, which has been used in the US's most deadly recent mass shootings, have no value in hunting and other legitimate activities. They are specifically designed simply to kill as many human beings as possible.
Some commenters have fixed on the fact that the AR-15 is not technically classed as an 'assault rifle' but it's clear that it still falls into what Mark is talking about - the only purpose of an AR-15 is to kill.
It's a fascinatingly direct political stance for a mainstream YouTuber to take - and a somewhat risky one. This is one of the most controversial topics in the US and speaking out against guns will surely incur the wrath of a certain percentage of his viewers.
You can see Mark's full comments here: