Meghan McCain says there will be “Lots of Violence” if Guns are Taken Away

On The View, the topic of gun legislation reform came up due to the recent event when “the gunman (36) who killed seven people and wounded 23 others in a rolling rampage across West Texas obtained an assault-style rifle despite failing a background check.

What We Know:

  • The shooting in Texas occurred on August 31, 2019 soon after the man was fired from his trucking job.
  • The View creates a safe space for a debate and a place where the hosts can open up about their beliefs.
  • Whoopi Goldberg, another co-host, emphasized the fact that even though he failed a background check, he was still able to obtain his assault-style rifle through a “loophole.” She explained the dangers of having policies that are easy to find ways around them could potentially be dangerous.
  • Meghan McCain is notable for being a conservative on their show. She describes that guns are “a ground-level issue for me. If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.”
  • Jumping into the conversation, Joy Behar brought up the federal assault weapons ban from 1994 when Bill Clinton was president.
  • McCain responded with, “The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far. I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
  • Behar countered by stating that “they lived without them for many years during the ban”.
  • Although counteracted by a good logical point brought up by Behar, McCain quickly responded with “I’m not living without guns. It’s just that simple!”
  • Abby Huntsman opened up and imagined an America where one can, “walk in a mall and not look around, and not be nervous that someone is going to pull out a shotgun.”
  • “None of you feel safe? I feel safe that I can protect myself,” McCain said. Although we are glad that she feels safe, we hope to hear a follow-up where we can hear more logical points to what she was thinking.

The issue of close-mindedness that our society has could potentially be adding to the already tense times. Hopefully one day, we can move toward a direction of true compromise on important issues.