Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag cause outrage over pro-gun remarks just days after Oscar Pistorious allegedly shot Reeva Steenkamp

by Lynn Rowlands

spencer pratt, heidi montag

During their time in the Celebrity Big Brother house earlier this year, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag – who formerly starred in MTV’s The Hills – angered some of their fellow housemates with their pro-gun stance, defending the right of Americans to bear arms…

And during a Channel 5 documentary about the couple which aired last night, entitled, Speidi: Scandal, Secrets and Surgery, the pair once again discussed their love of firearms and defended the right to use them.

However, as their remarks about what’s been described as their “personal armoury” came just days after Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious was arrested on suspicion of shooting to death his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, many viewers considered Speidi’s remarks to be insensitive.

The Daily Star reports, “Viewers watching the Channel 5 documentary Speidi: Scandal, Secrets And Surgery were left stunned by the sight of them brandishing weapons.

“The gun cupboard contained at least six weapons which included an FBI sniper rifle, a Benelli semi-automatic shotgun and a rapid engagement precision rifle.”

Spencer remarked, “I want to share something with you that you cannot possess in your amazing country.

spencer pratt, heidi montag“I will let you have a glimpse of the amazing laws in America.”

His wife Heidi added, “This is my favourite spot.”

She went on to say that she only feels “safe” when she has a gun with her or at her home.

She commented, “Going shooting is one of my favourite activities and gives me a new sense of self.

“It makes me feel proud to be an American. I think it’s one of the greatest rights to be an American.

“I didn’t feel safe especially with crazed fans and stalkers out there but if somebody broke into our home, this is the only thing that would actually save my life.”

And to OK! mag, Spencer added, “You can never have enough guns in your house.

“All of our guns are safely held in our bank grade vault. You don’t want the bad guys to get your guns.”

Last night, a spokeswoman for charity Infer Trust, which supports victims of gun crimes in the UK, said of Speidi’s remarks about guns, “They are badly misinformed people.

“Last year there were 11,000 gun homicides and 30,000 gun-related incidents in the USA.

“This compares to 39 people shot dead and 5,911 firearm offences in the UK.

“Gun legislation in the UK works and it’s a myth to think you’re safer having guns at home.”

And Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy at Brighton University, added, “With the recent shooting deaths of model Reeva Steenkamp and country singer Mindy McCready, the dangers of keeping guns at home are all too obvious…

Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius

“The suggestion by Speidi is crass attention-seeking behaviour.

“Let’s face it, neither of them were near the front of the queue when brains, decorum or thinking skills were being handed out.”

If you missed the documentary last night, Channel 5 are airing it again on Thursday at 10.55pm on 5*.

But if you did see it, what do you think of the couple’s remarks about guns? For now, here’s a reminder of Speidi on Loose Women recently…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.