Tattle: Arnold Schwarzenegger fires off an opinion on guns

WHEN Tattle is looking for reasoned opinion on gun laws, the person we like to turn to is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California's former governor, who has blown away a gazillion people with a variety of heavy-duty firearms during a lengthy career as a Hollywood action star, has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies.

Arnold was in London on Tuesday for the U.K. premiere of "The Last Stand," about a small-town sheriff fighting drug mercenaries with a phallic-shaped gun the size of a goalpost.

He says that U.S. leaders need to address issues such as parenting and mental illness, as well as laws on firearms when discussing ways to reduce gun violence.

The Associated Press reported that Schwarzenegger's comments come as American politicians are under pressure to respond to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last where which a gunman killed 20 students and six staffers.

(By the time the AP story moved, there had been another shooting on a college campus in Texas.)

* When Tattle is looking for reasoned political opinion , the person we like to turn to is Ke$ha.

At a Washington, D.C., concert Monday night following Inauguration Day, the sassy pop singer sported a bright-red suit, blue shoes and a white shirt on the red carpet ahead of her performance at the 9:30 Club. The back of her suit read: "U$A."

"I'm very proud to be an American tonight. I'm excited we have another four years," she said in an interview.

The 25-year-old said she was moved by President Obama's speech at the Capitol launching his second term in office.

"I really appreciate him addressing equal rights," said Ke$ha. "It's an issue very close to my heart."

The patriotic vibe continued when she hit the stage just after midnight, where her four male background dancers wore cropped shirts bearing an image of the American flag.

"Our president rules. In honor of President Obama, let's party," she said before performing her hit song "Blow."

She gave Obama another shout-out before singing "Your Love Is My Drug."

"I'm looking for a boyfriend or a girlfriend. This next song's about love, so I'm going to dedicate this to Mr. Barack Obama, because I love him."


* Speaking of the inauguration, part of the known universe seems to be incensed that Beyoncé lip-synched her performance of the national anthem.

The U.S. Marine Band ratted her out when a spokesman said that the band had been notified at the last minute that Bey would use a prerecorded voice track. The musicians reportedly played their instruments live, although some websites questioned whether they played at all.

All inaugural music is prerecorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances interrupt the program . . .

. . . or Beyoncé opens her mouth and sounds like Gilbert Gottfried.

In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma "hand-synced" for Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren't functioning properly in the 19-degree weather.

On the other hand, Kelly Clarkson's rep said her inauguration performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was sung live.


Sting's daughter Mickey

Sumner has signed up to make her off-Broadway debut in Craig Lucas' new comedy, "The Lying Lesson."

The Atlantic Theater Company said Tuesday that Sumner, whose credits also include the new Noah Baumbach film "Frances Ha," will star opposite Carol Kane in the comic thriller.

Kane plays a woman who may or may not be legendary screen star Bette Davis. Sumner will portray a woman who tries to discover her true identity. Previews begin Feb. 20 with an opening set for March 13.

Steve Harvey is hosting next

month's NAACP Image Awards.

The organization said Tuesday that presenters will include "Django Unchained" nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx. Queen Latifah and Tony Goldwyn also will be among the presenters. Dennis Haysbert will be the announcer for the live broadcast.

The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC.

Barbara Walters said she

expects to be home from the hospital soon after taking a spill at a Saturday-night party at the British ambassador's home in Washington.

In a statement read Monday on "The View," Walters thanked those who expressed concern about her condition.

She said that she's running a low-grade fever, that doctors don't want to release her until her temperature is normal and that she expects to be home soon.

* Lock up your mothers. In a

summer tour that may set a record for hot flashes, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and a reunited 98 Degrees are hitting the road May 31.

The tour was announced Tuesday on a Barbara Walters-free episode of "The View."

Lindsay Lohan has reportedly

again turned down "Dancing with the Stars."

High kick with an ankle bracelet,and you could take out an eye.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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