Howard Stern attends the "America's Got Talent" finale post-show red carpet at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in New York. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP)

A Surprising and Passionate Defense of the Second Amendment, From Radio Legend Howard Stern

Howard Stern is a legendary shock jock – the most famous radio host of all time (“The King of All Media”) and, while being particularly vulgar at times, is also arguably the best interviewer ever.

Stern once ran, albeit jokingly, as a Libertarian for Governor of New York, and he’s friendly with frequent show guest Donald Trump. But Stern can easily be identified as a liberal, and he has already said loud and clear he’s voting for Hillary Clinton. But a caller on his show this week from Wyoming asked him about gun rights and the Second Amendment, and Stern put forth a compelling and passionate defense that would find him at odds with his candidate of choice.

He said that he was “nervous” about Clinton’s stance on guns because, “I believe the Second Amendment issue is one of the most important. I think every citizen needs the right to be armed.”

He expanded on his position by saying “the great equalizer is the pistol, semi-automatic weapon, or revolver”:

Think about it, if Robin was walking alone in a parking lot, and two men approach her with the idea of robbing and raping her, what is her only option? Let’s say we took away all the guns on the planet. Now there’s no more guns. I think people would be less safe.

“Robin” refers to his longtime co-host Robin Quivers, also a liberal. But Quivers sided with Stern on the Second Amendment as well. “I don’t think everybody needs to be walking around with a gun in their pocket, but you have a right to own a gun,” she said.

The caller was from Wyoming, and said he lived in a rural area, “15 to 20 minutes from the closest sheriff ever getting to my house.”

Stern used this as more reason for his strong support: “The police can’t be everywhere. I know gun violence is horrible and guns get in the wrong hands. I’m all for a national registration and things like that, but at the same point, I don’t know how else, if all the guns were gone, how else would you defend yourself against a thug with a baseball bat?”

Stern also touched on the hypocrisy of some anti-gun politicians. “A lot of people who are for these irrational gun control laws have private security forces,” Stern said. “A lot of politicians, they don’t understand the real world.”

For someone who falls mostly on the left of many issues (one other exception besides the Second Amendment would be his strong support of Israel), the moment was an eye-opening one.

Listen to Stern’s Second Amendment comments here (warning: explicit language):

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