“The View” co-host Meghan McCain spent the weekend enjoying some time at the shooting range and threw in a little extra callout regarding her legal right to do so. McCain posted a photo of herself Saturday while handling what appears to be an AR-15 rifle. It’s unclear if the daughter of late Senator John McCain was aiming at a target or just the mountainside, but she appeared to be in a controlled environment.
McCain captioned the photo with a simple hashtag, citing “2A” with an American flag — a clear shoutout to the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing an individual to keep and bear arms.
The subtle caption by McCain could have something to do with an ongoing spat she continues to have with “The View” co-host Joy Behar. Behar recently made one of her signature homemade lasagnas for Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday, and McCain has been pining for a plate of her own. Behar and McCain have regularly squared off against the conservative pundit’s stance on firearms, and the lasagna got dragged into the mix.
After the women were apparently arguing during a commercial break, McCain explained to the audience what was going down.
” still love you and I would like my freaking lasagna,” McCain said, adding, “So would Sunny.”
“I’ll give you your lasagna when you give me your guns,” Behar fired back. “How is that?”
The audience went wild and even McCain couldn’t help but crack a smile over her co-host’s quick wit.
Co-host Sunny Hostin also got in on the mix, questioning why she was left out of the lasagna party when she does not own any guns.
Meghan McCain has always had a strong stance on guns, and back in September she took on all the other co-hosts on “The View” during a heated discussion after a mass shooting.
“As the chick on the panel that spent most of her break shooting, I looked forward to talking about this,” McCain said as she clearly expected a confrontation.
She continued, “There are a lot of people on TV talking about guns that clearly have never shot a gun, don’t know the difference between a semi-assault rifle and an assault rifle.”
At the time, Bet O’Rourke was pushing a complete gun ban and buyback, and McCain scoffed about that ever actually happening.
“How do you think you are going to come to someone’s house? What are you going to pay? … 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.”
When Joy Behar replied that people had lived without assault weapons before, McCain fired back:
“”I’m not living without guns. It’s just that simple! … You want to feel safe? I feel safe if I can protect myself.”
In August McCain took to Instagram and shared some photos from a day at the range. Afterward, she penned a lengthy explanation about her personal experience with firearms, and why she considers them so important.
grew up shooting guns in Arizona and shooting targets and clays is the only sport I’ve ever really enjoyed. To do it successfully, you have to get complete control over your entire body while regulating your breathing. I have always found a very meditative and simplistic catharsis to the experience (especially doing it in nature).”
She continued, “As a woman I feel strong and empowered owning guns, knowing how to protect myself and my ability to fire different types of guns accurately. The Second Amendment is a true cornerstone of my conservative political beliefs. Without the right to keep and bear arms, the freedoms in this country we hold so dear would never have been won. Today, the gravity of gun ownership and use should be taken extremely seriously and responsibly. There are millions of Americans just like me who are responsible gun owners who know a gun can be a force for great evil or good, depending on who wields it. Thank you to Jackson Hole Shooting Experience for the wonderful day. Ben and I had a blast – he hit a target dead center at 100 yards with a suppressed 9mm, and I beat him to hitting a 600 yarder dead center with a .308.”