In a society wherein gun violence is already a major issue, it's quite frightening to hear someone claim that they need one. Especially someone that has been through a lot of traumatic things in life.
While I understand that the constitution allows one to carry a gun for self-defense purposes, it is completely absurd to demand a gun without the necessary background checks. And we know that the checks aren't as accurate as they should be.
This week, Aaron Carter has managed to tackle two aspects of society head-on: mental health and guns. He claims that he's "fine" and would like it if he could have an assault rifle in his possession.
Keep reading for the full story.
For all of you that don't know, this is Aaron Carter.
via: Getty ImagesAaron was born in the late eighties and started his music career very early on and continues to make music to this day.
If you still don't know who he is, then you'll probably know his older brother.
via: Getty ImagesRemember The Backstreet Boys? Of course you do. His brother is the one and only Nick Carter, if that helps.
However, this piece isn't about a collaboration between the brothers or anything cool like that...
via: Getty ImagesSorry to all the fans out there that thought they were getting a new album or something - this is nothing of the sort.
Recently, TMZ released a video wherein Aaron made a concerning revelation.
via: Getty ImagesThe singer revealed that he got his hands on a license that permits him to own a gun, despite having some serious mental health problems. Keep scrolling for the full-length video.
It's no secret that Aaron has had a very traumatic life so far...
via: Getty ImagesThankfully, Carter didn't have to live in the shadow of his more-famous brother. His first self-titled album achieved a gold status in many European countries including Spain and Germany.
He then went on to release a few more albums before taking a little break.
via: Getty ImagesEverything seemed to be going well for him. He was young, talented, and successful but with such a peachy-perfect demeanor, there had to be something else going on behind the scenes.
And, according to several news stories, there was.
via: Getty ImagesThis might get a little complicated, but these stories involve Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and their manager, Lou Peralman.
I'm sure that you've heard of the controversies surrounding Pearlman.
via: Getty ImagesThis news shocked fans globally. Vanity Fair wrote a piece conveniently titled "Mad About Boys." They outlined Lou's obsession with boy bands and money.
And these obsessions were more serious than people initially thought.
via: Getty ImagesIt seems as if Pearlman's "love" for boys stretched beyond just music and strayed into his sexuality. Many members of different boy bands that he had managed came forward, accusing him of sexual assault.
And it seems as if he buried the rumors well...
via: Getty ImagesWhile the FBI was sneaking around his offices, they couldn't get much out of the people working there. Apparently, they had literally no idea what was going on or what Pearlman had done wrong.
He denied all of the allegations repeatedly...
via: Getty ImagesBut, with more victims and even parents coming forward with complaints, he was surely going to get caught out at any moment.
And this was the moment that things started falling apart.
via: Getty ImagesApparently, the man had been committing fraud while also exploiting boys on the side. In what has been described as a "Ponzi scheme," it became obvious from the incredible amount of evidence that Pearlman had been engaging in illegal fraudulent activity.
It's not like he was paying his acts enough anyway, so what exactly did he need the money for?
via: Getty ImagesAt one point, Justin Timberlake's parents were furious with him, claiming that they "could kill him" for his poor treatment of NSYNC. So if he wasn't paying his acts, what was he doing with all that money?
He picked his victims carefully...
via: Getty ImagesPearlman borrowed enough to total up to 315 million dollars, and most of this money came from retired Florida natives. Many banks were also on the hunt for him because, apparently, he had borrowed over 100 million dollars from them, too!
And this whole thing lasted about fifteen years, if not longer.
via: Getty ImagesThe bands that he "rubbed elbows with" didn't question the way that he was promising them such elaborate things. I mean, they were young and probably clueless, the perfect victims for someone like Pearlman.
And when they eventually did start pointing things out, he went crazy.
via: Getty ImagesHe battled back with lawsuits, forged papers, and whatever else he could in order to keep his name polished. But, with the state on his ass and a bunch of angry, overworked men, after him, everything came crumbling down.
He suddenly vanished.
via: Getty ImagesOn the run, Lou became a wanted man. Many rumors circulated that he had run away to Spain or Isreal, but nothing was ever confirmed. He couldn't afford to pay back every penny that he owed the state, the banks, and his acts.
When he died in 2016, it looks as if he took his sins to the grave with him.
via: Getty ImagesThe man died of a cardiac arrest, but still continued to deny the allegations that were stacking up against him.
So where does Aaron come into this?
via: Getty ImagesHe, being in constant contact with the likes of Pearlman, is said to be one of the victims of his weird obsession, though Carter continues to deny that anything inappropriate ever happened to him.
However, his erratic behavior said otherwise.
via: Getty ImagesOver the course of his life, Aaron was in and out of rehab. His mental and physical health were both the subject of headlines to come. It seems as if the singer never really got over everything that had happened to him in his earlier years.
His fans have expressed genuine concern for his wellbeing.
via: Getty ImagesAt one point, Aaron was arrested for a DUI and then the news broke that he has a condition that makes eating uncomfortable for him.
So now that he's saying that he has a license to own a gun, people are even more concerned.
via: Getty ImagesThe singer expressed that he specifically needs the assault rifle to keep himself "safe."
Police have made several wellbeing checks to his home recently...
via: TMZYet he claims that he had passed the background checks with flying colors. Strange.
This topic has raised many questions.
via: TMZAnd rightfully so! A person with multiple mental health problems passed a background check for a gun license??? Some things aren't adding up. Either he paid someone off or he doesn't have one yet, but is on the hunt.