Steven Seagal Says It’s Poor Parenting, Not Violent Movies, That Causes Crime

Steven Seagal believes mass murders across the United States are “engineered,” as reported by Page Six. The 63-year-old actor and friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his rather controversial comments to a Russian television station.

Steven Seagal insists that he believes in the Second Amendment and the constitution “more than anything in the world,” but he also believes that a lot of mass murders that take place in the United States are “engineered.”

In his interview with Russia’s RT, formerly known as Russia Today, Steven Seagal said the right to own guns is not just for people to protect themselves against “foreign invaders,” but also to protect themselves against “evil governments” and those who attempt to violate their inherent rights as a human being.

“So, I believe in the Second Amendment and I believe, I hate to say this, a lot of these mass murders and all this funny stuff that’s going on, I believe a lot of this is engineered.”

Steven Seagal argued that the movie industry and Hollywood, in particular, are not responsible for the recent spike in gun crime in the U.S. as well as the glorification of guns in the American culture. The Above the Law actor claims it’s all about the mental health of the nation.

“Because there are mentally insane people in every country. God knows we have our share in America…”

Steven Seagal then cited statistical data that allegedly proves that in Japan there is “almost zero crime” despite the fact that they produce the most violent films on the planet. The Under Siege actor also blamed poor parenting in the U.S. as well as the country’s economy.

In Steven Seagal’s opinion, the U.S. economy is “so bad” that the nation’s citizens are spending “every waking moment” trying to “survive.” And this survival is so intense that common people don’t even have time for their children.

Earlier this year, Steven Seagal became a citizen of Serbia, according to The Guardian. In return, the 63-year-old Hollywood star offered to invest into a martial arts school in Belgrade.

Serbia granted citizenship to Steven Seagal after the Hard to Kill actor made multiple visits to the country, during which he praised Serbia’s populist leadership and even went as far as to say he feels like a Serb.

In December last year, Steven Seagal visited Belgrade, the capital and largest city of Serbia, twice, and was personally received by President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

According to reports, Steven Seagal promised to do “everything possible” to spread the good word about Serbia across the world and offered to set up a martial arts school in Belgrade. The Hollywood actor was even asked to give Aikido lessons to Serbian special police forces. It was reported that Steven Seagal’s visits to Serbia were sponsored by a pro-Russian Serb group that wants the country to have close ties with Putin’s Russia. Seagal has long been a friend of the Russian President and even promoted sports in Russian schools. The actor previously said he wouldn’t mind seeking Russian citizenship.

The trailer for Steven Seagal’s upcoming film Code of Honor was recently released, according to Flickering Myth. And along with the trailer, Seagal’s fans finally got to know what the action thriller will be all about.

Watch the trailer here.

According to the official synopsis, Colonel Robert Sikes, played by Steven Seagal, receives a mission to bring down the crime rate in his town. And Sikes, just like pretty much all Seagal’s characters in his other action movies, acts alone. But Sikes’ former protégé, William Porter, played by Craig Sheffer, goes to the police to stop the Colonel and his vigilante mission.

The film is set to be released later this year. Steven Seagal and Craig Sheffer star alongside, Helena Mattsson, Louis Mandylor, Griff Furst, James Russo, and Rafael Petardi.

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