Slayer frontman Tom Araya delivered an impassioned speech about the importance of gun rights during a recent concert in Switzerland, in which he stressed how private gun ownership allows a person to defend one’s self and one’s country.
Araya broached the topic at the concert based on Switzerland’s historic gun culture.
Is it true that every household has to own a rifle or a gun? No? I thought everybody was supposed to have a rifle or a gun in their home. It’s not right? How else are you gonna defend your country?
Where you are in the world, you need to protect yourselves. Not from each other, but from invaders. And you know what I’m talking about, right? You should be aware of your invaders — people that come here to do you harm. It’s not right. You should be able to protect and defend your country. That’s the way it should be everywhere. ‘Cause when you don’t have anything to protect yourself or your fellow countrymen, what happens? People f**king die. They do! Don’t they? Yeah. Did you see it going on?
I’m not gonna name names, but you can see what’s going on in other countries. ‘Cause they can’t protect themselves. And that’s what I’m talking about: being able to protect yourself and your fellow countrymen and your f**king country. I’m being serious, man. This isn’t a f**king joke. You know, it really sucks to know that other people die, because you can’t protect them. That f**king sucks.
His comments came just over two weeks after Omar Mateen entered a gun-free nightclub in Orlando, Florida and shot 49 people to death, and just six months after armed terrorists in Paris opened fire in a gun-free zone, killing 130 innocents.
Araya’s point: When good people are disarmed, bad people kill them.