Simon Cowell, Martin Gore

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Gun violence isn't a laughing matter.

And Simon Cowell was not amused when Depeche Mode's Martin Gore recently told Music Week that "somebody should shoot" the X Factor judge.

Simon has now fired back at the musician on Twitter, lashing out at Gore for his comments.

"I read Martin gore wants to shoot me," Simon tweeted Monday. "He is in depeche mode. Do you realise how weird and stupid that makes you. Go and watch the news."

In Martin's initial comments, he clarified he was "not advocating violence," but rather, he took issue with Simon's "influence in the music industry over the last god knows how many years."

Simon explained he was upset because "a ton of people have got shot this year and people like weirdo gore encourage this."

The lesson to be learned? Think before speaking.

"I went to a thanksgiving party and someone told me to listen rather than talk," Simon tweeted. "You have two ears and one mouth. Very good advice."

Wise words.

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