Dan Aykroyd: 'America Is Flat-Out Gun Crazy'

Dan Aykroyd: 'America Is Flat-Out Gun Crazy'

Dan Aykroyd has a history with law enforcement, including years of service on an auxiliary police committee in Harahan, Louisiana, and while he's "proficient with a firearm," he told "The HuffPost Show" on Friday that officers need "more training in the less lethal alternatives."

The comedian told hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill that police departments should explore other ways to bring down a suspect without actually killing them:

America is flat-out gun crazy. That's it, man. ... But, of course, it's guns in the wrong hands. There are alternatives. There's a Taser, there's a sound system you can use to disable someone, there's a high-frequency generator that you can use, there's a net that you can fire and it completely closes over the top part of the body. So why aren't we looking into these alternatives?

The Canadian actor added that in his home country, police pursuit doesn't escalate in the way it did in the shooting of Walter Scott, who was fleeing when an officer fired at least eight shots in his back.

"At a certain point, you just let the guy go," Aykroyd said. "Up in Canada, usually chases are called off once you get to 50 miles an hour up in a street there in Canada. You back off. You don't chase them anymore."

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