Matthew McConaughey Fires Back At Joy Behar Calling Him ‘Anti-Gun’: ‘A Game I’m Not Interested In Playing’

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Actor Matthew McConaughey deflected a pointed question posed by “The View” co-host Joy Behar during a Tuesday appearance on the daytime talk show. 

On the topic of the celebrity possibly running for office in the future, Behar said, “Do you think you can get elected in Texas, being anti-gun?”

McConaughey took a pause and repeated the question out loud before responding, “One thing about me and politics is, to give you a direct statement right there is me playing a game I’m not interested in playing.”

Behar told him not to say anything if he didn’t want to.

Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in later in the segment, saying, “I did want to say that I’ve done a lot of research in terms of your advocacy, and I don’t know that you’re anti-gun, I think you’re pro-gun responsibility and legislation.”

The 53-year-old Uvalde, Texas, native has been outspoken about advocating for gun reform, especially following the school shooting in his hometown in 2022.

McConaughey previously argued that gun control didn’t have popular support because of how it was framed. During an August interview on ABC News’s “This Week,” he discussed comments he made at a White House press conference following the Uvalde school shooting.


“Well, one of the things — it was just one word,” he said. “I went in there and flipped, seemed to get those hard second amendment defenders’ ears to at least listen and that was — I changed the word from ‘control’ to ‘responsibility.’” 

“Control sounds like a mandate and nobody wants a mandate,” he continued. “No one wants to be controlled. But responsibility is still something that we can all go, yeah, ‘I’ll take responsibility,’ and a lot of the far-right or the Republicans, they almost feel like responsibility is a value that they have ownership of and it’s a sense of almost pride and honor to be responsible.”

During a 2018 March For Our Lives rally, the “Interstellar” actor said gun owners should “take one for the team” and voluntarily give up some of their gun rights. 

“One, let’s ban the assault weapons for civilians. This is a no-brainer,” McConaughey said at the time. “And to my friends out there, that are responsible owners of these assault weapons that they use for recreation, please let’s take one for the team and set it down.”

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