Joe Rogan is the biggest podcaster on the planet. He’s gone from comedian to TV star to cultural icon because of that podcast.
And because of that podcast, he finds himself in controversy.
Luckily, he’s big enough to weather all of that just fine, which means he’s not afraid to speak his mind because someone might get bent out of shape. So when he comes out in support of gun rights, it means he’s not just trying to appease anyone.
Joe Rogan blasted calls to ban guns in the wake of the Texas elementary school massacre, saying that if the government moved to take away firearms then “only criminals” would have them.
“It’s like, how do you stop that? No one knows how to stop that,” he said during an interview with scientist Lex Fridman Thursday on an episode of his Spotify podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
“What is the answer? Is the answer to take everyone’s guns? Well, they’re not gonna give their guns up. Only criminals are gonna have guns. It’s not gonna be a good situation.”
Rogan added that he doesn’t think it’s smart “to take all the guns away from people and give all the power to the government.”
“We see how they are with an armed populace, they still have a tendency towards totalitarianism.”
He’s not wrong.
What’s interesting, though, is that if you ask Rogan his political affiliations, he’d probably tell you that he leans liberal. In the past, he’s expressed support for Bernie Sanders and his failed presidential run, as an example.
He’s not exactly a cut-and-dried conservative with a history of supporting whatever causes the GOP supports.
Quite the contrary.
Yet this isn’t the first time he’s expressed his belief in the Second Amendment. In 2016, for example, he acknowledge the true purpose of the right to keep and bear arms.
Of course, that’s not to say Rogan isn’t taking heat for his comments. He is.
The thing is, though, Rogan simply doesn’t care. The people who listen to his show will keep listening. The fact that he says what he thinks is part of his appeal and critics attacking him only benefits him in the long run.
But in this case, though, he has the added benefit of being completely right.
There are 400 million guns in this country. Even if you could disarm all the law-abiding people–and I mean people who are law-abiding right now, since a lot would opt to stop abiding if disarmament was a thing–you’d still have all those criminals with guns who wouldn’t blink at new laws.
All that would happen is that the good, decent folks who followed government directives will now be unable to defend themselves, and that’s far more folks than currently lose their lives to armed criminals.
So yeah, Rogan is right and all the people pissed at him are wrong.
Of course, when you’re governed by emotions, you don’t actually want to hear what the other side has to say. Instead, you lash out at anyone who offers a contrary point of view because you don’t actually have an argument.
That’s what Rogan is really exposing.