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Actress Katee Sackhoff attends the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)  Actress Katee Sackhoff attends the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)   

Moderate gun stance costs actress liberal Twitter followers

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Robby Soave
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Katee Sackhoff, a TV star known for portraying tough, gun-savvy warrior women on “Battlestar Galactica” and “24,” managed to alienate some of her presumably liberal followers yesterday when she took a moderate stance on gun rights and endorsed gun safety.

Sackhoff retweeted a CNN story about a four-year-old boy who accidentally shot his father in the head, killing him.

“Please practice gun safety. This is horrible!” tweeted Sackhoff.

One of her followers, a man named Robin Plomp, responded, “Guns and kids don’t mix. I’ve got two kids at home,  just thinking the trouble they can get into WITHOUT a gun…”

Sackhoff disagreed, and voiced the opinion that guns were a part of American culture.

“There are many safe homes with guns & kids in them,” she tweeted back. “I’ve grown up around them for hunting & NEVER handled one without an adult. It’s about safety, education, and loving & listening to our children. There are so many reasons why guns are scary but there are so many reasons they are part of our world & lives. There is no easy answer here that will satisfy everyone.”

But some of Sackhoff’s roughly 100,000 followers, disappointed that she did not endorse strict gun control, deserted her. She later tweeted that trying to warn people about gun safety had cost her half her Twitter following.

“On a lighter note since I’ve lost half my followers due to talking about gun safety…the sun is shining & Happy Monday! Love your neighbor today!” she tweeted.

Other followers were supportive of Sackhoff’s message, and told her not to worry about the following hit.

“Real fans won’t leave you for wanting people to handle firearms in a safe, responsible way,” wrote follower Mark T. Clement, according to The Washington Times.

Sackhoff’s acceptance of the role of guns in society and culture proves that she doesn’t break character. Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace–the coarse, cigar-chomping fighter pilot portrayed by Sackhoff on “Battlestar Galactica” — wasn’t exactly gun shy. In fact, Starbuck was credited with shooting down more enemy ships than any other soldier in the fictitious fleet.

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