Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Responds to Arizona Shooting

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Following Saturday's tragic attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life that claimed the lives of six people and wounded several others in Tucson, Arizona, this has been a time for all people of all stripes to think hard about the implications of words and actions.

County Grind is not a political blog, by any means, but I did have a unique opportunity Monday to open up a line of dialogue with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who was born in Arizona, and has spent a good portion of his life there. Most of the conversation centered around the typical topics -- the band's latest album, and opening its North American tour in South Florida next week -- but at the end, I decided to ask Bennington to reflect on a tragedy that hit close to his home. Although our time was up, he insisted to stick around and make a statement -- one that turned out to be quite moving -- which we have printed below.

New Times: Did you want to say something about the situation in Arizona, with the tragic shooting?

Chester Bennington: "I admit I don't watch the news very often. I knew she got shot, but I don't know the reasons why behind it. We live in a crazy world. There's no explanation for it. I personally feel that violence and war and murder are primitive, and I think that we've evolved as a species beyond that. Unfortunately some people still feel that's a means to an end.

"Peace and love and communication are the way that we all resolve our issues with each other. There's a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across -- regardless of what you're saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That's their business and they can speak their mind.

"But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person's life. Ever. That's something that we really need to move beyond."


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Tine2510
Tine2510

If Chester 'feels that violence and war and murder are primitive' why does he and his band Linkin Park support an extremly violent game like 'Medal of Honor'?

Remi Online
Remi Online

he just said what he had in his mind..no need to criticize him for making a statement about what happens in this crazy world.

Bruce L Thiessen
Bruce L Thiessen

I agree with these comments, and, as a psychologist, I'm trying to steer the conversation away from a potentially divisive political one to one in which the question is: How can we come together as a nation to heal the wounds inflicted by this tragedy?

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I've become so numb I can't feel you thereBecome so tired so much more awareI'm becoming this all I want to doIs be more like me and be less like you

mark
mark

What empty rhetorical nonsense. In case anyone forgot, America was founded on the blood and guts of brave revolutionaries who told the British to stick it up their rear. I am not defending this kid's actions, not at all. But these meaningless platitudes from people who admit that they have absolutely no perspective on the situation at all are a complete waste of time. Chester Bennington didn't put one iota of effort into understanding the situation. Who the hell is he to assert that all violence is out of order? His job is to entertain angst-filled teens with watered-down hard rock. By his own admission, he isn't even remotely interested in current events.

Maxwell's Demon
Maxwell's Demon

Better statement than most of the bullsh*t political music that he loves to make now, at least

JamesDMcKeogh
JamesDMcKeogh

Grow up dude! Your living in a thick bubble land that just doesn't reflect an understanding of human nature, nor the realities of there world around us.

Kicking back and enjoying your bubble isn't changing the world for the better. Facing harsh realities and getting your hands dirty is the only way to make real change.

DUH
DUH

That is longest way to say nothing I have ever heard.

P Groenekan
P Groenekan

his words sound wise. Just wondering who is actually saying this? A person or the celebrity?

Lílian Rachel
Lílian Rachel

Chester always have a good message for us. So cute :D

Lílian Rachel
Lílian Rachel

Chester always so cute and with a good message for us :D

Mya Ashlynn Bell i
Mya Ashlynn Bell i

Why does he have to be married an adult I'm 11 and I think he is such a hottie If you want to chat more my face book name is Mya Bee yes I know that is stupid it's my nickname just tell me that you are from this thing and I'll accept your request thankyou

UnFacebook Me
UnFacebook Me

...and towards a plug for yourself. Psychologist? Pfft.

P Groenekan
P Groenekan

yeah, words come so easy to mind... Living by those words is another ballgame

Kyle D. Johnson
Kyle D. Johnson

So suffering, and causing suffering are the only ways to change things, huh?

Just plain pessimism.

P Groenekan
P Groenekan

yeah, agreed. All we need now is a way to bring that message across. Any ideas?...

Guest
Guest

OT of course, but couldn't resist. He is nothing, compare to Gorbachev. That guy could go for hours actually saying nothing.

Mya Bell
Mya Bell

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P Groenekan
P Groenekan

that may be the case but i recall askin' for a solution since i don't have one. Again, any ideas?

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