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Rambo hero Sly in gun ban plea.

Hollywood hardman Sylvester Stallone says he is in favour of gun control - despite his Rambo image and violent new film Bullet To The Head.

The 66-year-old actor and director urged US politicians to reinstate the expired 1994 Brady Bill, which included a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

He said: "I know people get upset and say, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon'.

"But who needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you're carrying out an assault.

"You can't hunt with it. Who is going to attack your house - an army?" He called the school massacre in Sandy Hook, Massachusetts, last November - in which 26 were killed -"unbelievably horrible".

He demanded a focus on mental health to prevent future mass shootings.

Stallone added: "The biggest problem is not so much guns, it's that the people that have done these things in the past 30 years are crazy.

"And that's where we've dropped the ball - mental health.

"That, to me, is our biggest problem in the future - insanity coupled with isolation."

Stallone and Raging Bull actor Robert De Niro, 69, are currently working on Grudge Match - a comedy about two ageing boxers.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 3, 2013
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