Kiefer Sutherland: ‘Moronic’ Not To Ban People On No-Fly List From Buying Guns

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Kiefer Sutherland said his show “Designated Survivor” likes to call out “moronic” arguments like allowing people on the no-fly list to buy a firearm.

The 50-year-old actor told the Hollywood Reporter that we were “in uncharted territory” as a country. His character Tom Kirkman ascends to the presidency when an act of terror kills the president and the rest of the cabinet. (RELATED: Did America’s Largest Television Company Help Out Trump? Internal Emails Say No)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Kiefer Sutherland speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Kiefer Sutherland speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“I believe there’s a lack of common sense in governing now, that it is absolutely down ideological and political lines, when the obvious thing should be staring you right in the face,” Sutherland said. “People on terrorist watch lists or no-fly lists, you’re really going to make an argument to me that they should be allowed to buy a gun? That’s just moronic, and we like to call it out [on our show] for being moronic.”

“We’re in uncharted territory,” he added. “This show was written long before Trump announced his candidacy, let alone became president. Who would have thought that we would be doing a show that was not only a complete deconstruction of the government followed by the reconstruction of the government, then we would elect a guy [whose] main partner is known for saying ‘I want to tear the government down.'”

“We couldn’t have predicted that in a million years,” he continued. “It is kind of odd. I think if we can actually take the ideology out of the discussion and actually have the discussion with common sense as what will win the day? That’s a very interesting alternative point of view — and we will be using real facts.”

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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