Matthew McConaughey Responds to Joy Behar Labeling Him ‘Anti-Gun’: ‘A Game I’m Not Engaging In’

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Actor Matthew McConaughey skillfully navigated a direct question from “The View” co-host Joy Behar during his appearance on the daytime talk show on Tuesday.

The discussion centered on the possibility of the celebrity running for political office in the future, prompting Behar to inquire, “Do you believe you could win an election in Texas while holding anti-gun views?”

McConaughey took a momentary pause and carefully contemplated the question before delivering his response, stating, “When it comes to politics, one thing I can say is that giving a straightforward answer to that question would involve me participating in a game that I have no interest in playing.”

Behar responded by advising him not to comment if he didn’t wish to.

Later in the segment, co-host Sunny Hostin interjected, highlighting, “I’ve conducted extensive research regarding your advocacy, and I don’t perceive you as being anti-gun. Instead, I believe you advocate for responsible gun ownership and legislation.”

Matthew McConaughey, a 53-year-old native of Uvalde, Texas, has been notably vocal about his advocacy for gun reform, particularly in the wake of a school shooting that occurred in his hometown in 2022.

He has previously emphasized that gun control might not receive widespread support due to how it’s presented. In an August interview on ABC News’s “This Week,” McConaughey referenced comments he made at a White House press conference following the Uvalde school shooting.

Matthew McConaughey explained his approach, stating, “Well, one of the things — it was just one word. 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.'”

He elaborated, emphasizing the difference in perception: “Control sounds like a mandate and nobody wants a mandate. 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.”

In a 2018 March For Our Lives rally, the “Interstellar” actor encouraged gun owners to “take one for the team” and willingly relinquish some of their gun rights.

During a 2018 March For Our Lives rally, Matthew McConaughey advocated for certain measures regarding firearms, saying, “First, let’s ban the assault weapons for civilians. This is a no-brainer. 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.”