Pearl Jam Promote Powerful Photo Calling NRA ‘Terrorist Organization’

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Pearl Jam have made more tweets about the tragic Florida high school shooting, calling for not just news gun legislation, but additional mental health support. They tweeted, “We demand new gun legislation AND additional mental health support. #gunreformnow and #mentalhealthreformnow are not mutually exclusive.”

They retweeted Women’s March, who said: “Enough is enough!

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am on March 14, 2018. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!http://bit.ly/EnoughMarch14.”

They also retweeted a Huffington Post article featuring a photo of a kid holding a sign that calls the NRA a ‘terrorist organization.’

The article states, “They’re furious about political stonewalling, and most of them aren’t yet old enough to vote.

Two days after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a nearby school, the students of South Broward High School protested in solidarity. Just a couple of dozen miles down the road in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was still sealed off as investigators pored over the horrors inside.

About 50 teenagers gathered on the street Friday, rallying around the common causes of gun control and school safety ― two issues politicians continue to ignore even though polls show most Americans support them.”

The retweet of the Huffington Post article drew a mixed response from fans, with some praising them and others telling the band to stay out of politics.

  • N.

    so sad to see what this band has become

    • IrregularJohn

      When rockstars open their mouths and start preaching their points of view on political topics I always remember Brian Johnson saying something like “Shut up and sing”.

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      • Stone Gossardish

        Imagine what kind of career they might have had if they’d done just that. Good one.

        • IrregularJohn

          PJ has great songs. We, the audience, just need to separate the person and their art.

          • Stone Gossardish

            Of course. That happens for nearly every other artists out there. I’m with you completely and apply it broadly.

    • JoelS

      They’ve had this exact same stance since 1991. Did you miss the message in “Jeremy” or something?

  • Stone Gossardish

    Sounds like another pretty reasonable and conservative take. Hopefully, tens of thousands of people less will try to buy Pear Jam tickets, though that has not happened yet.

    It won’t happen this time either.

  • JangleAtmo

    At least they included mental health in the debate. The inconvenient truth is that there are more lunatics in America now because of a 50-year cultural breakdown led by an ideology that PJ subscribe too.

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  • Eddie Yarler

    Its amazing how dense people are on this gun topic. I don’t doubt there is a plethora of bubba rednecks who just care about “muh guns” in regards to the 2nd Amendment, but people like Eddie Vedder and Flea don’t see beyond that. Let’s look at Europe. How did gun control work out for the Bataclan attack? How about Manchester? Or the weekly rapes occurring in Sweden and Germany? Mexico has strict gun control also and the Cartel runs the country. Criminals are going to commit crimes no matter what the fucking government says. There’s no reason we should live at their mercy.

    Besides doesn’t this guy support Black Lives Matter? If he believes police officers have a specific agenda against black people, why would he want police officers to be the only one in possession of guns? Like I’ve said, I’m impressed Eddie, and this band did not do more drugs sometimes.

    • The Bataclan and Manchester attacks are two very isolated incidents. There have been 30 incidents in America this year so far. How’s that working out for America?

      • Eddie Yarler
        • Not counting the undated Germany one, there are 20 incidents on that list, 3 of which are in the US, the others spread across around 7 countries in the last three years. So that’s 17 in three years. Just over half of how many there have been in the US in the last 6 weeks. No, I’m not f***ING joking. Children are dying because politicians are bought and sold, and dumbf*cks do nothing about it because they get an erection over how cool they feel because they own a gun. I heard about a child crying the other day because they had light-up shoes and they thought it would make it more difficult to hide if their school got attacked. Children shouldn’t have to think like that.

          Also, the Manchester incident wasn’t a shooting, it was a bombing.

          • Eddie Yarler

            You do realize thats just international news regarding acts of terrorism right? There are child trafficking, rape gangs, acid throwers and knife attacks all over western Europe and the population is helpless because their own government won’t allow them to own arms. Hell even the police can’t shoot someone. Oh wow a bombing excuse me. Yeah, a child should be ok with being obliterated at a concert, but a school shooting? Thats too far. They’re both awful. Its like you can’t hand over innocent lives to criminals fast enough.

          • And all these things happen in the US too. Are you seriously arguing that criminalising things doesn’t stop things, but guns do?! What is your problem with admitting that the US clearly has a problem with guns? Look at the numbers of deaths in the things you’re conflating, and then get back to me.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Yes, but in the United States we retain the right to protect ourselves. Thats exactly what I’m implying. Rape is.clearly a crime, yet it doesn’t seem to stop these men from violently raping women in Sweden, right? The threat of execution by self defense is and always has been a detterent to crime. I’m sorry we don’t live in a fantasy world where we can just tell someone not to fucking gang rape a woman and they’ll actually do it. I’ll take our gun problems any day before I say we should be more like Britain, France, Sweden or Germany.

          • Well, personally living in the UK, I’m not living in constant terror from all the bad guys that are clearly about to kill me, and I don’t wake up to see a school shooting in my country and think “oh no, not ANOTHER one”, so you take your guns and use whatever you can to comfort yourself against that.

          • Eddie Yarler

            Well good for you. I’m genuinely grateful you haven’t been hurt by any of the horrible shit going on in your country. But as I’ve said before, until your child grooming gangs, acid attacks, concert bombings, and truck attacks go away, don’t point any fingers at us over our gun laws. Enjoy your comfortable unarmed life.

    • JoelS

      Do you believe that no gun legislation should take place? That all the gun laws should remain exactly the same?

      • Eddie Yarler

        You don’t seem to understand that the purpose of a criminal is to act in spite of what the law says. A school or mass shooting will happen no matter what laws we have as most of Europe and Latin America have exemplified.

        • JoelS

          It was a pretty simple yes or no question Eddie Yarler. So I’ll state it again. Do you believe that no gun legislation should take place? That all the gun laws should remain exactly the same?

          • Eddie Yarler

            Well thats a loaded question seeing as many states operate differently regarding gun laws. Texas and Michigan are basically polar opposites. Ideally, I would like for us to be more like Japan regarding obtaining firearms but thats not going to happen.

            My overall point is nothing will change regardless of what laws are passed or not passed, so why bother? Its a fruitless journey that will just result in criminals and a corrupt government having more power.

          • JoelS

            Dude, it’s not a loaded question. It was two cut and dry questions – yes or no. Which you again failed to answer.

            Maybe you should get into politics, because you just dodged a yes or no question for the second time.

          • Eddie Yarler

            I’m saying no, i’m just emphasizing your question isn’t a yes or no question. The world isn’t so black and white but if you want a specific answer no. Changing amy laws will just reduce tje amount of freedom a law abiding citizen has and grant more to a corrupt government and criminals.

          • JoelS

            That’s all I was looking for. Good job!

          • Eddie Yarler

            I apologize for not being so direct. Lol. I’m so used to providing some compromising answer on most political issues that I guess I’ve reached politician levels of directness. Admittedly, I’ve been avoiding all news lately as it was making me extremely hateful and jaded at the world, but of course some idiot musician on an AlternativeNation article has to bring me back into it.

  • Larry

    And just like that pearl jam now sucks !!!

    • IrregularJohn

      They’ve sucked at least since 2006, though hardcore fans might even say since 1996.

      • Larry

        I thought they was pretty good back in the day but they should have stayed out of politics ..

  • Larry