During the December 18 airing of The View, actor Kurt Russell said those who fought in the Civil War would not have been able to do “what they considered defending their life, their way, their style of living,” if it had not been for the Second Amendment.
Russell said, “I think there’s a very strong reason the Founding Fathers had for the Second Amendment.”
Whoopi Goldberg asked Russell about the Second Amendment, based on things he recently said in an interview with Jeffrey Wells. Breitbart News reported on the Wells’s interview, specifically Russell’s arguments that gun control will not cause terrorists to forgo future attacks. Russell told Wells:
If you think gun control is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind. I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it’s absolutely insane. The problem, the problem that we’re having right now, to turn it around… you may think you’ve got me worried about you’re gonna do? Dude, you’re about to find out what I’m gonna do, and that’s gonna worry you a lot more. And that’s what we need. That will change the concept of gun culture, as you call it, to something [like] reality. Which is, if I’m a hockey team and I’ve got some guy bearing down on me as a goal tender, I’m not concerned about what he’s gonna do — I’m gonna make him concerned about what I’m gonna do…
Goldberg alluded to this interview on December 18, and Russell responded by saying:
When we’re dealing with things like, terrorism, we’re all going to have different opinions on how to do it—how to deal with it. Mine happens to be that, I think there’s a very strong reason the Founding Fathers had for the Second Amendment. And that is that no government ever hasn’t had to fight its own people, and its own people hasn’t had to fight its own government. We had our Civil War. If that Second Amendment hadn’t have been there, those people wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do what they considered defending their life, their way, their style of living. So I agree with that. I think that’s an important part of our existence. It’s basically that simple.
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