MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil says that he was “misunderstood” on the subject of gun-control laws and mental-health policy in the wake of the tragedy that unfolded last Friday (December 14) in Newtown, Connecticut.
Following the mass shooting at a elementary school which resulted in the deaths of twenty-eight people, including 20 schoolchildren, Vince tweeted, “Sad day today. Prayers to all the families. Gun Control!!!”
A number of people responded unfavorably to Vince‘s comment, causing the singer to lash out: “Why is everyone so concerned with guns? What about the CHILDREN that were MURDERED today! Get your priorities straight!! Come on people!!”
He continued: “I did say gun control but I didn’t think 90% of you would care more about your gun than dead children!!!
“FUCK YOU to EVERYONE who puts guns in front of kids!! Do not come to ANY shows! You are sick!!”
Earlier today (Tuesday, December 18), Vince sent out the following tweet: “I’ve been misunderstood on this subject. It was upsetting to me that the focus was not on the children and their families. I lost a child that age. I never said ban guns. I said gun control. Sorry if I offended anyone.”
Friday’s massacre in Newtown was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting that left 32 dead.
Vince has two children, Elizabeth Ashley, 29, and Neil Wharton, 34. He has also a grandfather to Neil Wharton‘s son Trace, 1.
Vince‘s daughter Skylar Neil tragically died of cancer at the age of 4 in 1995.