The View Host Sunny Hostin: ‘I Feel Like a Hostage’ to AR-15 Owners

Sunny Hostin doesn’t believe AR-15 owners are “patriots.” (Photo: Screenshot/The View)

The hosts of ABC’s The View can always be relied on for the best, most thoughtful reactions to current events, and they recently aimed their collective brainpower at the recent mass murders in Atlanta and Boulder.

Former CNN analyst Sunny Hostin told the audience that Americans must stop equating “freedom” with “the unfettered right to own assault rifles.”

“That is not freedom because I feel like a hostage right now,” she said. “I feel like a hostage to the selfish people who insist on owning these type of weapons… You are not a patriot because you think you have the right to own these type of weapons. You are not a patriot. You should be taking care of your fellow Americans.”

No analysis on The View would be complete without a few misrepresentations and outright lies, and Hostin’s was no exception.

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The right to own “assault rifles,” for example, is far from “unfettered” (much to the chagrin of gun-rights advocates). Americans are prohibited from owning firearms (including any kind of rifle) if they

  • are convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • are a fugitive from justice;
  • are an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
  • have been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
  • are an illegal alien;
  • have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • have renounced his or her United States citizenship,
  • are subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner,
  • have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Hostin goes on to claim that the Boulder massacre was the seventh such massacre in “the last week alone.” If this strikes you as unlikely, well, you’re right!

According to an anti-gun outlet called The New York Times (you may have heard of it), there have 29 massacres with four or more fatalities in the last five years. This year, there have been a grand total of two, both of which occurred this month.

It’s unclear where Hostin is getting her statistics, but the former lawyer should probably have a word with her producers.

Hostin concludes by recommending, “It is time to start talking, right now, about gun control.”

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The View host may be unaware of the history of gun control in this country, but its roots date back to the 1800s, and it was used to keep black Americans from owning firearms. It continued with the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Gun Owners Protection Act of 1986, and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994.

By my count, we’ve been talking about gun control for at least 150 years, and it seems like we haven’t talked about anything else for the last 10.

Check out the video below to listen to Hostin’s statement (along with comments from the other brilliant hosts!) for yourself.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Gus September 9, 2022, 2:05 pm

    Collectively they could not come up with an original thought.. They present themselves as intellectual visionaries. That in itself is a joke!!!

  • Just me April 2, 2021, 1:27 pm

    If the bitch saw my AR-7 she’d shit her pant’s.

  • Stan d. Upnow April 2, 2021, 1:10 pm

    OK, you fell like a hostage? Then Act like one! Stay in your home and have someone tie your hands behind your back and –most importantly– duct tape your stupid mouth!
    (PS- any demands for ransom will be ignored. let them do what they will with you. they’d be performing a public service)

  • Spudnut March 31, 2021, 12:14 pm

    The people she should be afraid of are not those who obtained and own their ARs by legal means. She should fear those who obtained their weapons illegally.

    Although there are exceptions, the vast majority of people who plan to use a weapon in a crime don’t drop into their neighborhood gun shop for their means to carry out their crime.

    But then common sense doesn’t figure into the anti-2A narrative, does it? And it never has. Their narrative is solely optics-based. They want to ‘appear’ to be doing something good to get the guns out of the hands of criminals rather than actually ‘doing’ something constructive.

    • Stan d. Upnow April 2, 2021, 1:18 pm

      A lot of bad guys will try to obtain a gun through a straw purchase. I know; worked in a gun shop. Failing that, they came back at night, broke into the store and stole them.

      “But, but, but, we need all kindsa more gun control” Yeah, that would of helped a bunch.

      To Progressive-Socialists “gun safety” = banning them.
      True gun safety = education in the proper handling of firearms.

  • Hector Blanco March 29, 2021, 10:37 pm

    What an ignorant liberal snowflake she is!

  • Sepp W March 29, 2021, 8:19 pm

    More of the same the same, an elitist lecturing the rest of us. These are dark times indeed. Never about the person, but an inanimate object. They can’t even get the terminology right, thus they have no idea what they are talking about.

    • Stan d. Upnow April 2, 2021, 1:27 pm

      It’s ironic that the Lefties, almost down to the one, know zilch about guns, yet they profess to have the “guaranteed” solutions to all cases of gun violence. The reality is, they care nothing about gun violence or those victimized by it. That’s just a convenient tool to use to further their not-so-hidden agenda to disarm American citizens.
      They count on the masses being just as dumb as they are about firearms and, unfortunately, they are mostly right.

  • Freedom isn’t Free March 29, 2021, 6:57 pm

    Sunny should feel hostage to the criminals who are allowed to walk free or hostage to the radical groups calling to defund that thin blue line.

    The countless law abiding citizens who choose to safely exercise their second amendment rights by owning the ergonomic and easy to use rifle she so vilifies.

    She should feel free to swear an oath to defend the constitution and spend a few years in service to our country before questioning patriotism.

    Until then, if Sunny chooses to denounce our patriotism, may this hubris cause her fall from her lofty soapbox.

  • Tony Winters March 29, 2021, 6:12 pm

    The Biden Socialist Regime just opened the border of our country allowing Thousands of Un-Vetted Illegal Aliens in, many are Criminals, Sex Traffickers, Drug Dealers, a couple of Iranians have also been caught, Many of these people have tested positive for the Communist Chinese Party Corona Virus and she feels like a hostage because someone might have an AR-15. The only reason that AR-15s so feared is that they look scary. There are many wooden stock hunting rifles that outperform the AR-15 in range and accuracy, but they don’t look scary, but they will kill you just as dead. Most if not all of these people are only repeating what they heard someone else say and because it fits the narrative of the Democrats/Leftists/Liberals/Socialists.

  • Leigh March 29, 2021, 4:53 pm

    But probably just fine with thugs carrying Glocks…the people/guns doing the VAST majority of the killings with guns…hmmmm

  • Doug March 29, 2021, 4:30 pm

    Don’t blame the tool used, blame the person that did the killing.
    What about all of the people that have been injured or killed when someone drove a vehicle into a crowd with the intent of running them over, did they blame the car makers, dealerships, tire and gas companies or the driver?
    How many people are killed with hammers, crowbars, ball bats, knives of all types, clubs, rocks, bricks and bare hands?
    “Assault” is an act, “weapon” is how an object is used. A firearm is a tool, just like a jack, hammer or ax.
    Look at the problem they had in England (before Covid) when people were being attacked with common kitchen knives and acid.
    Think about something – laws (any law) only affects two groups of people – those that enforce the laws and those that obey them. The people they claim that a new law will stop already ignore (violate) several laws and it is more than foolish to think they will suddenly obey any new laws.
    Go after the people that are causing the problems, not the tools.

  • Randy Jones March 29, 2021, 4:17 pm

    It’s a shame; Sunny is sort of attractive but reading her comments above, she must be dumber than a box of rocks. Fortunately, there are a lot of fine ladies who have brains and looks (brains being the more important of the two).

  • kjj5874 March 29, 2021, 2:12 pm

    Who is the person these gun hating socialist if someone who has broken into there home. A cop with a gun! Guns are fine with them as long as its there asses on the line. But screw any law abiding citizen if they want a gun to protect themselves. Really has all the common since been bred out of these socialist or are they so scared of society that they cant function at all unless all threats are removed.

  • rickzilla March 29, 2021, 2:05 pm

    You’re one crazy lady. Maybe you should check into a psych ward for help. I’m sick of government sponsored murder. Abortions kill thousands and thousands of babies every year. I don’t hear you bitching about that. Deaths from AR-15s are miniscule in comparison. You probably don’t even know what AR stands for and you probably don’t even know what an assault rifle is. Democrat are the ones with blood on their hands and I hope they rot in Hades.

  • kjj5874 March 29, 2021, 1:56 pm

    Its like listening to a gun control broken record over and over and over. These socialist idiots have no idea about what they speak just repeating the leftist gun hating doomsday brainless babble, In hopes if they repeat the lies enough people will start to believe what they say.

  • Trevor Teague March 29, 2021, 1:41 pm

    Ignorant fools beget more ignorant fools. Does any free thinking person with half a brain actually watch these liberal fucktards?

  • Matt March 29, 2021, 1:22 pm

    Maybe she should join them and buy one.

  • CGA March 29, 2021, 12:47 pm

    We don’t need gun control, we need “progressive” media host control. They need to shut up and mind their own business and leave NORMAL people alone. They have no idea what they are talking about and get the facts wrong or exaggerate them beyond belief. Americans are not allowed to own ASSAULT RIFLES unless they have a permit and pay a $200 fee. MSRs are NOT assault rifles. They do not fire automatically. These IDIOTS are afraid of something because it LOOKS scary. They need to go their safe place and hug their teddy bear or whatever and drink their hot chocolate and BUTT OUT.

  • Barry D Thomas Sr March 29, 2021, 11:41 am

    Rule #3 Does not Apply if your name is HUNTER BIDEN and you LIE on your 4473
    And you are not charged with a crime for lying on that form

  • Scott Kitzerow March 29, 2021, 11:01 am

    Those AR-15’s will give you peace when China is at your door step. You people have to be SO naïve to think that the world is a peaceful place, and the military buildup in China is not for a reason. All they need is a technical leap over the US, and they own us.

    If you wonder what they would do when they get here, than just look at what they do to their own people. Would you want to disappear to be an organ donor, stuck in the stomach with a bayonet?

  • The Dude March 29, 2021, 11:00 am

    The “7th mass shooting in a week” statistic that they’re using is coming from CNN. CNN is using the definition of 4 or more people killed _or wounded_. Most of the qualifying events are gang-related such as drive-bys, where the wounded are just grazed or sometimes even the injury is from trying to get out of the way rather than the gunfire itself. Other than the Atlanta and Boulder cases, out of the other “5” mass shootings, there were 2 deaths total.

  • Carol Powell March 29, 2021, 9:49 am

    Yep you going to call the police when you have someone break into your home Call the police and you’ll be dead before they even get there How DUMB can you be? I would rather have a gun so that I can protect myself

  • krinkov545 March 29, 2021, 9:12 am

    Yet the disease infested skank whore has no problem with the abortion Holocaust mass murders.

  • RJG March 29, 2021, 9:10 am

    Well I feel like a hostage to criminal democrat politicians, dishonest liberal media and racist anti-Americans “elites”. A better solution to the gun control situation would be for the federal government to make sure that all HONEST citizens who WISH so would receive firearms and ammunition of their choice. Do you think a criminal would attack a grocery store, a church or anywhere else if he knew he would be outmanned and out gunned?

  • Wade March 29, 2021, 8:57 am

    Hey dumb ass! It’s a right, designed to keep all of free from tyranny.

  • Gus March 29, 2021, 8:22 am

    I’m tired of being held hostage by ignorant liberals who think it’s their god given right to attack everyone else in America and try to justify their HATE with RACISM, PREDJUDICE and VIOLENCE. The real danger to the public is RADICAL LEFTWING SOCIAL TERRORISTS trying to tell everyone else what to do, say and think.

  • Kenny March 29, 2021, 8:15 am

    This gal is nuts!

  • Heather M Beair March 29, 2021, 8:03 am

    If these people are so worried about mass killings lets look at the mass killings in Myanmar, African countries, Taiwan by the governments. Lets talk about mass killings here in the US using cars, trucks, bombs, knives, clubs and ball bats. If we want to ban firearms to stop mass killings lets also ban all these also…. Its not the firearm (gun for you idiots) its the Jackass holding the firearm…. wake up, open your eyes and realize it’s the criminal who steals firearms not the law abiding citizen who is committing these killings

  • Richard Aahff March 29, 2021, 7:46 am

    Well, wasn’t it last week that a bunch of people were actually held hostage by a group of BLM in a grocery store. They were blocked in and couldn’t get out. I don’t see gun owners pulling that crap. Only the leftist demon rat terrorists. The demon rats want the criminals to go free while attacking the law abiding citizen.

    • DELCO March 30, 2021, 6:37 pm

      70% of all black kids are born without knowing both parents, and 70% of all crimes are committed by African Americans. The stats say more then people like this lady would ever like to acknowledge. She goes on about feeling like a hostage, interesting that she lives in a white neighborhood. Why is it that these Left wing frauds constantly talk about what is wrong and completely ignore what is actually happening. The Obamas, lebron, Whoopi, the Clintons, they all say how white supremacy is so bad and what needs to be done, yet they all choose to live in white communities . A large majority of most major cities are absolute shit holes, run by Dems exactly like sonny and her co-host for decades, where how many are gunned down EACH DAMM DAY? For anyone to take this lady or any of her liberal friends seriously should evaluate what they consider honest and factual.

  • Roland March 29, 2021, 7:23 am

    This is just another moron that likes to hear herself talk. She has not one single fact in her ignorant rant. And the fact that the intelligent people that penned the construction added the second amendment and explained it obviously means nothing to this moron, who obviously lacks reading comprehension and a wild and demented imagination.

  • Scott Romain March 29, 2021, 7:22 am

    Then get one of your own dumb ass. She should keep her ignorant mouth shut, Nothing but sewer spills from it.

  • Ugly Outlaw March 29, 2021, 6:50 am

    If Ms Hostin feels like a hostage due to AR-15 owners then she is uninformed of who owns the AR-15 rifles . We are veterans, farmers, sportsmen/women and concerned citizens that deal with wildlife that hurts our crops, livestock and we put food on the table with them, not to mention they are fun to target shoot with. Most gun violence is done with handguns in this country not rifles. Just because the weapon looks scary that doesn’t make it more or less dangerous–its the person who has their finger on the trigger. We are not the enemy and believe it or not we will defend you or anyone else that needs our skills.

  • Kickaha13 March 29, 2021, 6:49 am

    Only one gun in history, that I am aware of, has ever been named an assault rifle was the Nazi German Stg-44. An AR-15 ,stands for Armalite Rifle model 15. It is not a weapon or war nor an automatic weapon. Only one bullet is fired for each pull of the trigger. The only thing automatic about it is it ejects the spent cartridge and chambers a new cartridge. That makes it a semi-automatic weapon. On others you need to cycle a lever or bolt or a slide to achieve the same result. These liberal elites don’t worry about having to wait for police to come when they call, they don’t concern themselves with criminal activities because they have armed security to protect them.

  • Mike March 29, 2021, 5:58 am

    So, when does the Stockholm syndrome kick in?

  • J Franks March 29, 2021, 4:57 am

    Those who would surrender freedom for security deserve neither.

    I feel like I’m under constant assault from the people in this nation that wish to strip me of my rights and property.

    We can play the feelings game too.

  • Ronnie Maeker March 28, 2021, 9:17 pm

    She is not a hostage because of gun ownership, she is free and safe because of gun ownership. Ask any Polish survivor of Wll.

  • David Goul March 28, 2021, 7:21 pm

    If these Braindead Liberals and there Far Left Idiots have even read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights and still can’t understand it’s meaning then they’re in for a rude awakening one of days.They just don’t understand that without the 2A there goes all the rest of our rights.I believe that’s what the Demoncrats really want for this Great Nation of ours is to turn it into another Shit Hole Socialist or Communist State.The Criminals will always find gun somewhere whereby we the Law Abiding Citizens keep getting Screwed by you Braindead Brainwashed Socialist Communist assholes.

  • paul March 27, 2021, 11:41 am

    I feel like I’m held hostage by criminals, how about we have some common sense arrests! And near as I can figure, self defense has no rules you do what you need to survive!!!

  • Michael Tressler March 26, 2021, 6:13 pm

    For starters, the View is the Whoopi Goldberg show. Nothing more or less. Second, AR15s certainly are not assault rifles. Is a Remington 760? an an assault rifle??? Same thing. Pull the trigger and it goes bang..stop the bullshit. Nobody connected with the show can mention that ??? I just want to slap Whoopie..

    • krinkov545 March 29, 2021, 9:15 am

      Woo Pie is dyke and she can die the second death and burn in hellfire for eternity.

  • etph March 26, 2021, 3:51 pm

    Most of the anti-gun and even pro-gun people have never had a life and death incident where a gun was the only tool that saved their life. When that happens, there’s no turning back if you were on the sidelines or even against guns. I am my mother’s caregiver and she’s partially disabled. She was similar to those non-sensical women on that show, especially sonny. That was until about two years ago when I was faced with a major decision to almost shoot and possibly kill 1 of 4 typical ex-con thugs from a south central gang who tried to do a home invasion while we were at home. I was already on the phone with a sheriff reporting a suspicious person and a luxury car. A minute later 3 jumped out of the car; 2 ran one way and another the other way. One guy jumped one of our gates and was making his way to the backyard. Time seemed to stop as I saw what was happening below me. I told the deputy on the phone to come quickly but I was of course panicking. I willed myself to breathe slowly and avoid panicking and other problems that occur when panicking like tunnel vision. The deputy on the phone was trying to calm me down but there was no time to even talk anymore. I told him I was grabbing my shotgun, went downstairs, and positioned myself as I aimed and swept my shotgun, anticipating a window or door crashing loudly. In about 2 seconds, a thug with thick green gloves and outstretched arms appeared near the corner of the rear doors. All was over and they took off faster then they came. The first sheriff arrived 15 minutes later! I was on cell phone with the deputy the entire time but I must have placed the phone on the stairs when I positioned myself to shoot whoever would have entered our house. I live in a very nice neighborhood, so even that didn’t and doesn’t deter crime. Thugs like the kind you see in cRap videos still managed to target our home. And two unrelated couples tried robbing or possibly invading our home later on on two different occasions. The guy from one of the couples even hid behind the front door, preparing to attack whoever would have answered the door. I will never ask anyone or any government for permission to defend myself and loved ones. Unjust and illegal laws only serve to disarm the victim and further perpetrate victimhood. A cursory research of the greater L.A. area will easily demonstrate that.

  • Kevin M Smith March 26, 2021, 11:44 am

    People actually watch this mind-numbing nonsense and take it seriously enough to create an article about it?

  • Michael March 26, 2021, 11:30 am

    She is simply another pampered older woman who somehow thinks that her opinion really matters in the overall scheme. Her reality no doubt is substantially different from the millions and millions of Americans who everyday legally and safely carry firearms for the protection of themselves and their loved ones. The day Ms. Hostin comes to my small ranch in Texas and walks with me in desolate woods and pastures understanding that if trouble occurs “law enforcement” is over an hour away, and then she still feels that firearms don’t make her feel just a bit safer and more secure, then maybe I’ll actually consider her views.

  • Kane March 26, 2021, 11:29 am

    I remember when Kenosha was falling apart and the mob was demanding that the Police be defunded and a lefty claimed that safety was “White privilege.” So I guess Sony wants “White privilege”? Hard to make sense out of the demands from the left.

  • Don McCarty March 26, 2021, 11:29 am

    Cry me a river and get over your self induced fears and pandering to gun haters for ratings. instead of bashing armalite rifles, why dont you go to your local firing range and try shooting one after having a class on guns. then perhaps you would not not have any self induced fears and MISINFORMATION about the rifle and actually find out that it isnt the rifle doing harm , but the mental person behind it manipulating the trigger, in our world, the ar rifle is a TOOL, like all guns, IT HAS TO BE MANIPULATED TO FIRE.

  • Mark March 26, 2021, 11:09 am

    Just another black racist communist in America

  • AK March 26, 2021, 11:04 am

    120 years ago, screeching unstable women who felt unsafe becuz bottles of whisky in saloons got the 18th Amendment pushed through. Prohibition. How’d that work out?

  • The Corrupt FBI March 26, 2021, 10:42 am

    Maybe she might feel better in Communist China

  • Scary Black Rifle March 26, 2021, 8:42 am

    Why are you paying any attention to that silly TV show?

  • Steven L Gobble March 26, 2021, 6:44 am

    Hey sunny you racist douche bag, I hope 1 day you need the help of a guy or girl with a AR-15 and they walk away from your douche bag racist ass. That’s when you will really think your a hostage of your own racist views. I know 1 thing if it were me your ass will be at the mercy of your attacker because I wouldn’t do a thing to help you, then we’ll see whose being a MORON.

    • Steve Richards March 26, 2021, 9:24 am

      If these “anti gunners” like Dummy Hostin could read and comprehend the constitutional language of the 2nd Amendment, this would be a much different outcome. HostIn, whom I doubt has EVER seen an MSR, being among the dissenting crowd is no surprise! She is a cowardly loud mouth with twisted views of a “safe society”. If she didn’t have a paid public platform to preach from, she wouldn’t be beating her gums together making all this noise! She is clinically clueless. A course in American History would a good start. A month in China with Xi, would enlighten her….maybe. I used to believe education was the cure for ignorance! But ignorance, it turns out can be incurable! We have plenty of proof…..just look at California, New York, Illinois, DC, etc.
      If the laws on the books right now, were enforced…..the vast majority of crimes with or without firearms would cease!

  • graceythecat March 26, 2021, 6:33 am

    How about I feel like a hostage to middle eastern terrorists!

  • Jeff Robertson March 25, 2021, 11:01 pm

    Try this…..put every AR15 in jail. Feel safe now?!?

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