The Twisted Sister anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” has been co-opted for quite a lot of campaigns and causes through the years, generally with and generally with out the approval of the band. However with one other college taking pictures in Nashville making headlines this week, frontman Dee Snider answered a fan on Twitter who advised utilizing the track as an anthem for an assault weapons ban marketing campaign.
Snider stays one of many extra lively musicians on Twitter, interacting along with his followers, and when one just lately advised, “Dee, if we organize and demand an assault weapons ban, may we use your anthem?,” the singer responded, “I am a gun owner … that said, HELL YEAH YOU CAN USE ‘WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT’ AS YOUR ANTHEM!”
Snider continued, “Assault weapons were never meant for anything but combat!”
Gun management stays a significant and sometimes instances divisive challenge within the U.S., so it isn’t a shock that Snider’s feedback yielded a wealth of response from his Twitter followers on each side of the difficulty and a few debating what precisely constitutes an assault weapon.
Snider even answered among the feedback, with the singer telling one fan, “Assault weapons are for people who can’t aim.” He later went into extra element with different followers in regards to the weapons that he and his spouse personal.
Dee Snider Has Weighed in on Gun Management Beforehand
That is removed from the primary time that Snider has weighed in on the difficulty of gun management. In 2019, after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over a brief interval, Snider engaged in a prolonged social media dialogue.
“I am ‘gunned up.’ (My wife says that I’m too gunned up). I feel i am prepared for any emergency situation that might arise. I do not own an assault rifle or automatic weapon,” he informed one Twitter follower. He later added, “All I know is being from New York the laws there are so strict it made it very difficult for me to get every gun that I have. I HATED the process…but it things like that make it more difficult for assholes to gun up, then so be it.”
“Case in point: El Paso. In a crowded Walmart in an open carry/conceal carry city & NOBODY was able to stop that asshole. He walked into an armed Texas town and had his way with a store full of people. And you gotta admit it sucks our kids need to be trained for active shooters. Using an AK or AR is like shooting fish in a barrel. The skill level required to inflict catastrophic damage with them is minimal (from experience at a range). Handguns require marksmanship. At least unarmed victims would stand a reasonable chance of getting away. #sadbuttrue
Then, in 2021, after mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, Snider was once again openly discussing guns on social media. The singer called out politician and pro-gun activist Lauren Boebert, responding to one of her tweets to start his discussion. Boebert had tweeted, “The individuals who assume we’d like extra gun management are the identical individuals who assume the ‘AR’ in ‘AR-15’ stands for assault rifle,” to which Snider replied, “I assumed it stood for “You AR a fucking idiot!” – sincerely, Dee Snider. Proud gun proprietor, 2nd modification advocate AND BELIEVER IN INTELLIGENT GUN CONTROL!!! In case you want an AR-15 for self protection…you’re a horrible shot.”
READ MORE: 20 Artists Who Told Politicians to Stop Using Their Music
Dee Snider Has Supported and Criticized Past Uses of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
With a song as defiant and with as strong a message as “We’re Not Gonna Take It” has, it’s become a go-to anthem for plenty of political campaigns, social causes and other issues. But Snider has not always agreed with how it is being used, and he’s not been afraid to speak his mind when he’s taken issue with the song’s usage.
In 2016, Snider recorded an acoustic version of the song to support music industry workers that were seeking fair compensation. That same year, the band privately asked Donald Trump to stop using the song as he campaigned for president.
In 2019, he threw his support behind pro-choice politicians that wanted to use the track. That same year, Twisted Sister took legal action against Australian politician Clive Palmer who re-wrote the track for usage in his ads to re-enter Australian parliament. Palmer was ordered to pay $1.5 million Australian dollars ($1.1 million U.S. equivalent) for the infraction.
Just last year, he said he would approve of Ukrainians who wanted to adopt the song as their anthem as they fought against Russia. And he shared his support of a protest in New York’s Times Square in July 2022 opposing cell phone plan rate hikes.
The vocalist also shared his dismay at far-right politicians campaigning with the song in 2022, but added that he wouldn’t stop them from doing so noting that he had written the song to be designed for everyone. “I can not cherry choose who can & cannot sing it.”
The comment was made in reference to Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, but he then endorsed one of Lake’s challengers suggesting the politician use the song with his blessing. He also later called out MAGA politicians and Qanon conspiracy theorists, explaining in a heated tweet, “Each time you sing ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ keep in mind it was written by a cross-dressing, libtard, tree hugging half-Jew who HATES every little thing you stand for. It was you and folks such as you that impressed each indignant phrase of that track! SO FUCK OFF!”
The ‘Big 4’ of 17 Metal Subgenres
Everybody is aware of the ‘Massive 4’ of thrash metallic, however what about another kinds of metallic?