Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has shared his thoughts on the Jan. 8 shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz. that claimed six lives and injured one congresswoman, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Speaking to Florida's Broward New Times, Bennington, an Arizona native, called violent acts such as last week's a "primitive" means of resolving conflict that the world needs to "move beyond."
"We live in a crazy world," Bennington said. "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.
"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, "Bennington continued. "...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."
Linkin Park isn't the only band to condemn the tragedy in Tucson. Drowning Pool, whose music was featured in a YouTube video posted by shooter Jared Lee Loughner, took pains to clarify that its music does not promote violence in a statement on its website. ""We were devastated to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again," the band wrote. "For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a mosh pit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are."