While Kurt Russell doesn’t put much creed in celebrities who pontificate about politics, when specifically asked his opinion about his support for the Second Amendment, the actor won’t back down.
An avid hunter and gun enthusiast, Russell is a libertarian, stating to the Toronto Sun: “I was brought up as a Republican, but when I realized that at the end of the day there wasn’t much difference between a Democrat and Republican, I became a libertarian.”
In these two interviews – one with the women from The View, and the other for a printed article by leftist writer Jeffery Wells, the longtime star makes his position on gun control crystal clear.
On The View, Kurt discusses the 2nd Amendment and explains to the hosts the reason that the Founding Fathers ensured that Americans would always have a right to bear arms.
Russell reiterates the need to acknowledge reality versus the fantasy land of Hollywood movies.
“No government ever hasn’t had to fight it’s own people,” he states, “and no people have not had to fight their own government.”
In the second interview, he discusses the issue of firearms with Wells in the wake of the San Bernardino, CA terrorist attack by a married pair of radical Islamic extremists.
The liberal writer insists, “Well, I think we all know…guns are a trope. Not a trope but a totem, a metaphor that disenfranchised white guys need…it makes them feel good about themselves.”
Russell fires back with “You can say what you want. I don’t agree with that. It’s not my thing.
“If you think gun control is going to change a terrorist’s mind, you’re out of your mind. It’s absolutely insane,” the longtime beau of actress Goldie Hawn explains to Wells, who insists that gun control is necessary, particularly for those on no-fly lists.
“They can also make a bomb pretty easily,” Russell retorts, adding, “They can also get knives and stab you. What are you going to do about that? They can get cars and run you over with them. What are going to do about that? What are you going to do, outlaw everything?” he asks the stuttering Wells over and again.
Wells then states that the government needs to put in some controls, a comment to which Russell laughs.
“Put some controls, so that the people who want to defend themselves can’t?” responds the 69-year-old.
“I understand that you think you can control the behavior of the people that are dead set on taking your way of life from you. I think you think you can control that. No, dude, that’s not going to happen,” Russell concludes as he walks off the interview.