Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson on the arms debate: “A lot of guns … there’s no need for civilians to own those … those are for military”

by Jason Kurtz, CNN.com  |  published on November 26, 2012

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan sits down with legendary musician and songwriter Willie Nelson for a primetime exclusive interview that covers everything from pot to politics.

Two weeks removed from the 2012 general election, Nelson admits that he didn’t make it to the polls, but is happy with the choice America made:

“I’m glad he [Barack Obama] got reelected. I think he has a – a lot of things in his favor the things that he has ran on. The – the women all believe in the things that he’s talking about. The – the blacks and the Hispanics and the women. And if you’ve got those three things on your side, you’re going to win,” says the author of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” “I really felt like Obama was going to win, that he did – he didn’t really need one more vote, that he had already had it sewn up.”

Five months from his 80th birthday, the man with more than 60 studio albums to his credit says he grew up around guns and has no problem with hunting. In his mind, however, high-powered assault rifles are an entirely different discussion:

“I don’t know what I would do with a gun that would shoot 100 times,” Nelson tells the “Piers Morgan Tonight” host. “I don’t agree with that. I think it should be more regulated. I think a lot of guns – there’s no need for civilians to own those. Those are for military.”

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview with a man who doesn’t identify with one particular political party, in part because, as Groucho Marx said “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me in there.”

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