Joy Behar: ‘I Understand Wanting A Gun’ For Protection

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Joy Behar shock “The View” audience Thursday by saying she completely understands people “wanting a gun” for protection.

“I understand wanting a gun that you know how to use when you’re trapped alone with babies in the woods,” Behar explained.

Behar made her comments during a discussion on gun control and whether or not teachers should be armed in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.


“My mother is a teacher. My aunt is a teacher and I don’t — their job is not to be gun wielders,” Sunny Hostin explained. “They’re supposed to be teaching our children.”

“I know somebody said something yesterday, CNN or wherever it was and I thought was very interesting, one of the teachers said ‘I don’t want to have to be responsible to shoot someone,'” Behar interjected. “It’s bad to get shot, but to shoot someone, I don’t know if I could live with that.'”

Hostin came back and argued that she has seen statistics indicating guns do not make people safe.


“I respect people who have guns,” Behar shared. “Let me just say one more thing. I respect people who have guns. I once lived in the woods. I was trapped out in the middle of the woods with two basset hounds as a baby. My husband went to Tijuana to do his PhD. Don’t ask why, and I was alone in the woods, and I wanted a handgun.”

“I remember saying to friends ‘why can’t I get a gun’ — just in case some weirdo — of course I was reading ‘In Cold Blood’ about these guys coming in and killing you in the woods. So I understand wanting a gun that you know how to use when you’re trapped alone with babies in the woods,” she added. “I don’t understand why hunters and sportsmen need to use military style rifles. That is completely over my head.”

“Can I just say something now? We talked about this before,” Meghan McCain responded. “I have so much respect for that because I think there’s this impression with a lot of people that liberals want to completely remove the Second Amendment entirely. And I think that is also a misnomer that I’m glad is cleared up today.”