David Crosby Links Gun Obsession With Manson Family Murders
Although David Crosby is known as the poster boy for the "peace and love" generation, his love for firearms is legendary. By the early 1980's, Crosby had hit rock bottom due to cocaine and heroin addictions. In 1985 he served nine months in Texas State Prison for weapons and drug charge violations, and finally became sober.
Crosby spoke to Mojo and explained that it was the August 1969 Manson Family murders at Sharon Tate's rented house on Cielo Drive in L.A.'s Benedict Canyon that sparked his obsession with firearms and protecting himself: "I'd encountered guns before and I didn't really have any interest in them until later when these horrific murders took place at our producer Terry Melcher's house. I thought about that and got a 12-gauge, which is a shotgun, the biggest home defense weapon. So I don't feel the same as most of my compatriots. I do shoot, I maintain a level of competency at it and I try to be responsible about it. I don't think the problem's in the gum, I think it's in the people."
Back in 2004, Crosby was arrested in New York City for weapons, and marijuana possession. Later that year, he pled guilty and paid a $5,000 fine. Although Crosby had been thought to be completely clean after sobering up in the mid-'80s, he admitted that he sometimes used marijuana to curb the constant pain that resulted from his liver transplant.
Longtime collaborator Graham Nash admitted that he had mixed emotions when dealing with Crosby following the most recent arrest: "I was joking about it the night it happened. I mean, you've gotta keep it light. It's been my main criticism of Crosby that he's just been too foolish in certain areas, and this area is one of them. Why he's carried a gun all these years, I, I just don't know."
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