​Chris Rock Says He Got Death Threats Over Gun Control Speech — How It Bothered Him

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June 30, 2021

Chris Rock death threats? The comedian says he received multiple emails after he spoke about gun control, leading to numerous emails to his inbox. Rock says his social media and email accounts were flooded with abuse after he spoke at an official event in Washington, D.C. for a campaign demanding tighter rules on the sale of weapons. The threats immediately followed, scaring the comedian to a point where he was afraid to make any public speech again.

Chris Rock, 49, talked about the death threats on Chelsea Handler’s E! talk show, according to E Online. “She told Rock she saw him talk about gun control in one of his stand-up shows in Los Angeles several months ago,” E Online said. The comedian has in recent days been making surprise appearances at the city’s comedy clubs as he prepares to host the 2014 BET Awards this Sunday, June 29.

“I’m not like, ‘Get rid of all the guns’… I just don’t think people should have machine guns in their house. Is that too much? Same way I can’t drive a NASCAR down Sunset Boulevard because there are regulations, maybe we should have some gun regulations,” he told Handler. The comedian said he received “crazy emails… ‘I’ll kill you b**tard. I’ll shoot you in the head!’ I was like, you know what? This ain’t (sic) worth it. I don’t need this… You need a machine gun to go against the gun people… You’ll never see me talk against anything for the rest of my life. If you see me talking about a cause, they are giving me a check. If you see me against a disease, I got it,” Rock said.

Chris Rock owns firearms, but he doesn’t think the powerful killing machines should fall in the wrong hands. “Hey, I have guns … I’ve got all kinds of guns, man, fun guns, love guns,” he joked. He will host the 2014 BET Awards, which take place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

And although Jay-Z and Beyoncé are up for trophies, Chris Rock previously revealed he’ll be saving most of his cheers for more lesser-known talent.

“I’m rooting for everybody,” he told People magazine. “It’s weird because I usually root for the person whose life it’ll change the most. I love Beyoncé, but she’ll be fine whether she wins or not. I root for the little people.”