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Marilyn Manson Defends Use of Fake Rifle During Concert
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8 Nov 2017 07:13 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Marilyn Manson (Image Source: Rich Bruton via Wikimedia Commons)

When Marilyn Manson makes a statement, he makes a statement, although it might not be the statement he intended to make.

The night of the Texas shooting, he performed in San Bernardino, the same location of a mass shooting two years ago when a husband and wife went on a spree, killing 14. Manson brandished a fake rifle, pointing it at the audience.

Prior to the performance, he took a few weeks off performing after he broke his fibula at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

A crew member in scrubs pushed Manson across the stage at the Glen Helen Amphitheater while he was wearing a hospital gown and sitting in a wheelchair.

He sang, "We Know Where You F---ing Live" and pulled out a fake rifle, pointing it at his audience, with his mic attached to the scope of the fake gun.

The rocker was previously connected to the Columbine massacre in 1999. One theory was that the shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, were influenced by violence they saw in entertainment, primarily Manson's music, and he believes it destroyed his career.

After his San Bernardino performance, he issued the following statement:

"In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence, this was an act of theater in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized.

"My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world. My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity.

"The prop microphone I used on stage was handed to me with the approval of a police officer. My empathy goes out to anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns."

But in the process, Manson could have opened himself up to another Columbine.

It could be seen by teenagers or others who idolize Manson as idolization of weapons. A 14-year-old could get ahold of his father's weapon, aim it at a crowd of people, and say later he got the idea from Manson's suggestion.

So in his effort make everyone realize that these weapons are normalized when they shouldn't be, he may have just normalized them more.

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