Recently when being interviewed by a Hollywood reporter about his role in Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight," Kurt Russell was asked about his views concerning America's gun culture in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings. Russell was initially hesitant to let the conversation turn to politics. But when when the reporter, Jeffrey Wells, started insulting American gun owners, Russell lit into him giving a passionate defense for the right — and need — to bear arms and the liberals' ridiculousness in wanting to reduce access to firearms amidst an increasing threat of terrorism in the U.S.
Russell's outspoken comments went viral, and he was questioned about them by Whoopi Goldberg and others on "The View." On the show, a more diplomatic Russell explained that he rarely gives his personal political views in a public setting — and can't stand it when other Hollywood personalities do — but said he couldn't stay silent when he felt he was being ambushed by a Hollywood reporter with a very strong political agenda.
But when questioned by Goldberg about his views, Russell further explained, "In reality, when we're dealing with things like terrorism, we're all going to have different opinions on 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 on people, and it's own people hasn't had to fight its own government. We had our Civil War. If that Second Amendment hadn't been there, those people would not have had the opportunity to do what they considered was 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."
And speaking of reality, he added that people have opinions across the board about how to deal with terrorism, but their opinions tend to change when they know a child who has been maimed in a terrorist situation.
Asked if this was the last time he was going to talk about politics by co-host Joy Behar, with a hopeful tone in her voice, Russell replied simply, "'Till I'm asked to — I'll be asked about in an hour and a half about it. Once they trot that pony out there, they're not going to let it go."
What do you think about his further explanation of his views?
Watch the interview below: