Nineties pop and hip hop singer Aaron Carter recently boasted about getting a license to carry a gun after passing his background check.
On his celebratory Instagram post, he stated that he fully supports the constitution and the right to bear arms.
Amidst perpetual tensions over the divisive topic of gun laws, Carter admitted he feels safer with an assault rifle.
TMZ asked the singer about the recent acquisition, his gun license and his mental stability as someone who has experienced “fame at a very young age.”
The 31-year-old singer, whose older brother is Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, was with his mother at LAX when the tabloid news outlet TMZ approached them.
You can watch the brief interview here.
The singer initially appeared defensive when the camera did an extreme closeup of his personal space and the interviewer asked how his mental stability was on a scale of 1 to 10.
“What do you think?” Carter fired back and added, “I’m gonna turn that question around and ask you.”
After stammering from the spontaneous inquiry, Carter answered his mental stability level was “100,000” before settling on “infinite.”
“Because throughout my twenties I went through bankruptcy. I went through being broke four times. I went through losing my sister (Leslie Barbara Ashton died from a drug overdose in January 2012).”
The interviewer finished Carter’s thought for him by affirming he survived the pitfalls of early fame.
When TMZ asked Carter if he needed to own an assault rifle, he answered, “absolutely,” without a hint of irony.
His father, who owns many guns, had taught him about the necessity of firearms, and his mother shared one of the reasons why.
“To protect yourself against crazy fans.”
As an example, Carter mentioned a time when his father protected the family after an attempted robbery while they were vacationing on an island.
Despite passing his background check with flying colors, loved ones were concerned about Carter’s mental health and have had to contact police to check in with him on several occasions.
Twitter remains skeptical about his qualifications to own a gun, let alone an assault rifle.
Sure, own a gun. But there’s no reason for any citizen to own an assault rifle. pic.twitter.com/A2TfRNpYWk
— Taylor 🎗 (@taylorag_) August 23, 2019
Ok public, you be the judge. Aaron Carter has a license for a gun. But not just any gun, he wants an assault rifle. He says his mental stability is off the charts. I ask…. what chart? pic.twitter.com/S1wzcaZKAX
— Tom Tom Club (@TomTomClub9) August 29, 2019
Can we all agree that Aaron Carter does not need an assault rifle. Periodt
— Darlene Boston (@canufeelher) August 29, 2019
please do not give aaron carter an assault rifle https://t.co/GP3oSkushc
— r a y (@hotdogtruck69) August 29, 2019
Some are still concerned about Carter’s “infinite” status of his mental stability, especially after recently separating from his violent ex-girlfriend Lina Valentina.
Carter claimed Valentina was physically abusive towards him and her threat to stab him resulted in a restraining order against her just days after the police had performed a wellness check on the singer.
Regardless of what the child star’s ranking was on the pop charts, some of his fans think he’s better off wielding a mic than a weapon.
I'm sorry but I don't think Aaron needs a gun. He is clearly not mentally stable.
— Mary from melbourne! #BSBDNA (@MusicMelbMary) August 29, 2019
This is exactly what’s wrong with America. Clearly mentally unstable, whether he’s getting help or not is beside the fact. There is zero reason for him to own a gun. Get a bodyguard
— Georgia B (@mrsburnside2011) August 29, 2019
Anyone who thinks this guy is sober and ok watch just 1 of his live IG. He has some serious issues.
— Lynn J Brown (@LJBrown68) August 29, 2019
But for some people, no exceptions, stable or unstable.
No one needs an assault rifle, they want one, but don't need one
— The Life Of Jake 🏳️🌈 (@TheLifeOfJakeYT) August 29, 2019
Quiet before the storm no thanks
— Jerri (@thelady788) August 29, 2019
Carter definitely had his share of ups and downs as he mentioned earlier with TMZ.
In November 2013, Carter filed for bankruptcy; he got arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and for marijuana charges in 2017; he came out as bisexual on August 5, 2017, only to retract his statement the next year. He reiterated his bisexuality in August 2019, saying he preferred relationships with women but was also attracted to men.
He was recently under fire for allegedly adopting dogs and reselling them for profit but later explained those allegations were a joke.
Now that he is no longer in an abusive relationship, he told ET he is setting his sights on a hopeful future.
“I don’t have any regrets being with Lina, and I definitely learned a lot about myself. I think this decision was the mature thing to do. I’m going to keep focusing on my music, my tour and my fans. Hopefully my soulmate is out there somewhere and I’ll meet her soon.”
Finding love can be a shot in the dark. Here’s hoping the singer doesn’t take that proverb literally.
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