The View's Meghan McCain claims gun owners are victims after Pittsburgh: 'We're demonized to such a degree'
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"The View" co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar clashed over gun laws during a discussion about the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Behar irritated McCain when she argued the latest mass shooting was additional evidence that new gun laws were needed to limit access to AR-15 rifles.

"I didn't think we were going to have a conversation about AR-15s but I'm happy to," McCain said. "I wanted to have a conversation about tolerance."

Behar invited her to go ahead, and McCain argued that Democrats were at least partially to blame for the shooting because they hadn't sufficiently condemned Louis Farrakhan for a tweet comparing Jews to termites -- but she still wasn't over the call for new gun laws.

"I am a legal gun owner and gun laws don't have any impact on people who legally go and buy guns and use them in a safe way," McCain said. "As a gun owner and NRA member, we're demonized to such a degree after -- fine, you're not even looking at me."

Behar admitted her attention had drifted to the 1960s, when the NRA supported gun control laws after Black Panther activists took up arms -- and McCain lashed out in frustration.

"Do you want to define to me what an assault rifle is," McCain said. "Just define it, anyone at the table."