If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant on Gun Control

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (Passion Pictures/Showtime 2018) at 51:21:

Interviewer: ‘Saturday Night Special’ is a song that deals with a very real and dangerous subject in today’s America. Our interview of Lynyrd Skynyrd focuses on this now.

Ronnie Van Zant: ‘Saturday Night Special’, we’d just known some friends, that, a friend shot another friend ’cause they were drunk playing poker.

Handguns are made for killin’,
They ain’t no good for nothin’ else.
And if you like to drink your whiskey,
You might even shoot yourself.

Why don’t we dump ’em, people,
To the bottom of the sea?
Before some ole fool come around here,
And want to shoot either you or me.

–Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Saturday Night Special”, Nuthin’ Fancy (1975)

Interviewer: Are you into gun control?

Ronnie Van Zant: I think they oughtta throw ’em all away.

Interviewer: Really, just like the song says?

Ronnie Van Zant: Yeah

Interviewer: Is that right?

Ronnie Van Zant: Yes I do.

Interviewer: Do you own a gun?

Ronnie Van Zant: I have an old gun, an 1874 Springfield, but it’s an old flint lock gun… hangs over the fireplace. I have been shot myself, and uh, I don’t want to get into that, but, but it happens, you know, every day. I mean, if you watch–where I come from it’s the six o’clock news–every night, just look at the homocides every night because of that. I, I really don’t like ’em.

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