"American Horror Story: Cult" actor tells TooFab, "I think there's just a lot of common sense rules that used to exist."
In a wide-ranging conversation with TooFab about the current season of "American Horror Story: Cult," Bono shared his thoughts on the issue in response to the massacre in Las Vegas and the editing of last week's "AHS" shooting episode following the horrific event.
"I think we need to start putting some of the restrictions that we used to have back in place," Bono told TooFab. "I don't think that we need to have unlimited magazines, I think we absolutely need to have background checks with everybody and I think if you're on the no-fly list, you should absolutely not be able to buy a gun."
"I think there's just a lot of common sense rules that used to exist that the NRA has gotten so powerful with elected officials, that they've been able to make it impossible to even have a conversation about things," he continued. "It's a shame, it's terrible. I feel like we've gotten to a place where these mass shootings happen and we accept it because we don't have a choice and there is a choice."
Bono then pointed to Australia as a possible model for the United States. After 35 people were killed in a mass shooting there in 1996, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns were quickly banned and gun laws, in general, became more stringent. According to a recent BBC article, there have been zero mass shootings there in the 20 years since.
"This is not going to ever happen here, but if we decided like Australia to get rid of our guns and everybody was doing that, I would be happy to do the same," Bono added. "The statistics of our country versus other countries, it's crazy."
His call to action comes after the Oct. 10 episode of "Horror Story" was re-edited in the wake of the shooting. The episode began with a mass shooting at a campaign rally for Evan Peters' character. While the original version of the show actually showed numerous people in the audience being hit with bullets, the edited version kept the focus on the American flag, as viewers only heard the gunfire.
"In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, Ryan Murphy and the producers of American Horror Story: Cult have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of tomorrow night's episode," FX said in a statement before it aired. "This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic."
The unedited version of the episode was later made available on VOD.
TooFab will have more with Chaz this week, as he talks about playing a Trump supporter on "Cult," what his mom Cher thought about the new gig, and why it can sometimes be "frustrating" as a trans actor in Hollywood.
"American Horror Story: Cult" airs Tuesdays on FX at 10pm.