"The View" Guest Host: I Keep My Pistol Next To My Sex Toys

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While I’m glad to know that Sherri Shepherd takes her personal safety seriously, I’m not sure we needed to know everything she revealed about her gun ownership on Tuesday’s episode of The View.

Sherri Shepherd isn’t messing around when she says she has protection! The Viewguest co-host revealed that she’s not only a gun owner, but she keeps it in a drawer along with adult toys, during a Tuesday October 12 episode of the talk show. The ladies were chatting about how there’s been an increase in Black women becoming gun owners in the past year. Fans were surprised by the intimate comment, during an otherwise pretty serious discussion.

At the start of the segment, Sherri said that she bought a 9mm gun during the pandemic, after she felt “helpless” and started getting notifications about marches going through her neighborhood. She said she wanted to buy the gun to protect her son. “I felt very empowered when I bought this gun. I took lessons. I took the test. I go to the range with my girlfriends like every other week, and it just makes me feel like at least if something happens, I can protect my child,” she said.

That’s actually a great message, and one that isn’t often heard on The View. Leave it to Joy Behar to undercut that pro-Second Amendment viewpoint with an attempt at humor.

Most of the segment was very serious, but  before going to break, Joy Behar tried to lighten up the conversation by joking about being too clumsy to buy a firearm. “I feel if I got a gun, I’d shoot myself. I’d shoot myself in the foot. I’m such a klutz!” she said. Sherri then hopped in with some advice about where she keeps hers, and it was indeed alongside her sex toys. “Keep it in the place where I keep my gun, in the draw next to my special toys. If you come in my house, you’re either going get a happy ending or an ending,” she quipped.

Now, I realize that Shepherd was going for a laugh, but I can’t help but picture a very stern-faced Shannon Watts glaring at her television muttering “that’s not funny” as the show went to break. And if Watts and the gun control lobby gets its way, Shepherd and other New Jersey gun owners like her could soon face criminal penalties for keeping their firearm in a drawer with their “special toys.”

Assemblywoman Joann Downey, D-Monmouth, said current law calls for storage requirements and penalties if a minor accesses a loaded firearm. But there is no general requirement for storing firearms when not in use.

This bill will establish penalties for improper storage of a firearm that would result in access of a firearm. It requires a warning to be issued to firearm purchasers, said Downey. It also requires the attorney general to establish a public awareness campaign to inform and educate the public on the requirements and penalties imposed under the bill and the dangers associated with the presence of a loaded, unsecured firearm in the home.

The bill requires the legal owner of a firearm to store or secure a firearm that is not in use, unloaded, in a gun safe or securely locked box or container. Downey said it also mandates that the legal owner of the firearm store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.

As I said, I think it’s great that Sherri Shepherd is speaking out about becoming a gun owner, and I’m glad she used her platform on The View to talk about going to the range and becoming proficient with her firearm. But if she’s serious about exercising her Second Amendment rights and her personal safety, I hope she’ll also speak up against these Big Brother-style gun control laws that mandate storing firearms in a way that makes them nearly impossible to use in self-defense. If anti-gun activists like Shannon Watts have their way, it’ll be the burglars and home invaders who get the happy ending, while gun owners like Sherri Shepherd get the shaft.