During the October 3 airing of Real Time With Bill Maher, guest Ben Affleck joined Maher in talking about owning guns in order to protect their homes and their families.
Maher began the segment by talking about how the US is not protecting the environment, is failing to take Ebola seriously, and how “the Secret Service can’t even stop people from running across the lawn” at the White House. Affleck interjected: “They can’t just shoot someone on the lawn, that’s illegal… [But] they should have at least released the dogs.”
Maher then used Affleck’s comments as a springboard to launch into a short discussion on self-defense and the rights a private citizen has to defend himself and his property. He said: “In California, anyway, you can shoot an intruder in your home.”
Maher then looked at Affleck and said, “I mean, you have guns.” To which Affleck responded, “I do.” The audience grew quiet for a second and then roused up when Maher said, “So do I, and for that exact reason.”
Maher added: “I’m not disarming unilaterally.”
On May 20, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Maher told Michael Moore: “As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my guns.”
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