Disney CEO Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Control at Sandy Hook Promise Benefit

Chuck Mirarchi

Disney CEO Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Control at Sandy Hook Promise Benefit

On Tuesday evening, Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, was honored in New York City at the Sandy Hook Promise Benefit for his strong support of gun control, creating safer communities for America’s children, and the organization’s Start with Hello initiative, which works to combat social isolation.

The benefit was a 10-Year Remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and a celebration of the life-saving impact of the “Know the Signs” violence prevention programs and policies. He was joined by Former President Barack Obama and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Bob Iger speaks about gun control at Sandy Hook Promise Benefit

During his remarks, Iger said that preventing shootings before they happen “should be among our highest priorities.” He went on to say that “as a grandfather, as a father, as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, I believe there is no greater or more important task than ensuring the safety and well-being of our children.”

The Hollywood Reporter stated that regarding gun control, Iger added, “Those of us who are in positions to affect change, whether it’s by influencing laws of shaping culture or supporting organizations on the frontlines, I think we have an extra responsibility.”

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. At the time, Barack Obama was President of the United States.  

It was only a couple of weeks ago, days before Thanksgiving, that Bob Iger returned as CEO at The Walt Disney Company.

Safety and security have always been a priority for every Disney park. One of the top reasons why families trust Disney is because they believe Disney creates a safe environment.

As the world changes, Disney has to change with it. To that end, in the past few years, they have installed metal detectors at their parks worldwide.

In 2020, metal detectors and x-ray machines were installed at Tokyo DisneySea, as part of the Oriental Land Company’s plan to increase security at the resort. Its two U.S. resorts, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, saw metal detectors installed as far back as 2015 after a man tried to enter the Magic Kingdom with a gun. It was also at this time that Disney announced that it will no longer sell toy guns in its parks and that guests ages 14 and older will no longer be permitted to wear costumes.

Between 2020 and 2021, Disney introduced contactless security scanners at both U.S. parks.

Even with all these security and preventative measures, it still has not deterred some guests from trying to bring guns into the parks. Recently, a man was observed roaming the Magic Kingdom parking lot as he tried to gain entry into more than a dozen vehicles. When he was confronted by law enforcement, it was discovered he had a loaded gun in his possession.

This past June, a guest set off metal detectors and was arrested for trying to bring a 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a magazine, and 13 rounds in his backpack.

The same month, another guest was arrested at Disney Springs as he attempted to bring a gun, two magazines, and 48 rounds of ammunition into the shopping district.

These are but a few of the incidents that have occurred at Disney Parks in the last couple of years.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  • Chuck Mirarchi

    Just like many Disney fans, Chuck has been passionate about anything Disney ever since he was a child. He and his family's first trip to a Disney Park were in 1972 when they went to Walt Disney World. Chuck particularly loves anything that has to do with the history of The Walt Disney Company.

7 thoughts on “Disney CEO Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Control at Sandy Hook Promise Benefit”

  1. I think there is a difference between “gun control” and safety & security at the parks. I am 100% for the security measures currently in place at the parks and have always felt safe there. As for “gun control” I see this as an area Disney needs to be aware to keep its nose out of the political landscape. I have no problem with them advocating for education around mental illness and other factors that contribute to mass shootings, but in NO way should they be advocating for the suppression of 2nd amendment rights. There is a clear distinction there, and I hope Disney learned its lesson the hard way with the state of Florida and just stay out the political side of “gun control.” However, something tells me Iger won’t be able to help himself but we shall see…

  2. I always have my gun nearby in the car in the parking lot in case there are troubled people around or I see someone that pestered me in park.

  3. Is there any information as to whether the TSA will implement the technology used by Disney with their contactless security scanners at the US parks? This would be a welcome improvement, just as it has been for getting into the parks.

  4. Gun control is not the answer to terrible events such as this. That only punishes lawful, responsible gun owners. Criminals already get guns illegally. How will more laws stop that? A better solution is to arm and train school teachers. They can then stop these criminals and keep bloodshed at a minimum.

  5. Bob Iger. Another Disney communist. They better hope no one ever gets onto their property that starts shooting up the place as they intentionally prevent law abiding citizens from their second amendment right. Those law abiding citizens could prevent this from happening. I pray it never does, but it is inevitability going to happen one day. CRIMINALS DO NOT FOLLOW LAWS. MAKING LAWS TO BAN GUNS DOES NOTHING BUT HURT US ALL. CRIMINALS DONT CARE WHAT THE LAW SAYS

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