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'Duck Dynasty' star: We need 'sin control,' not gun control

Zach Dilgard / Today
Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series "Duck Dynasty."

The stars of "Duck Dynasty" are no fans of gun control, but there's another kind of control they think the nation could use.

"It ain't gun control we need; it's sin control," duck-call tycoon Si Robertson told Men's Journal magazine in a group interview.

Brother Phil has another kind of control in mind. "Self-control," he added.

The bearded bayou clan's show has been a hit, and they're not afraid to speak out about their feelings on religion and politics, though the show plays those down.

"We're trying to infuse a little good into a culture in which gentleness, patience, kindness, self-control, love, joy and peace have become abnormal," Phil told the magazine. "I go out into America and I am literally navigating a minefield. Godliness has become abnormal."

And while the hit A&E show has brought the family big bucks -- the magazine reports they're rumored to earn $200,000 each per episode -- it hasn't changed them.

"This place is probably worth $100,000," Phil told the magazine about his Louisiana home. "But I consider it a mansion."

The men admit they're not perfect -- Si was drafted during the Vietnam War and remembers those days as especially rebellious. "I kept a fifth of whiskey in my pocket everywhere I went," he told Men's Journal. "I tried dope one time, OK, like marijuana, but why would you smoke something that makes you feel 100 years old? So, drugs wasn't it for me. In my mind, it was alcohol and whoring around."

Phil's wife, Miss Kay, was just 16 and pregnant when they wed in 1966, but even the fans who want him to sign their panties can't sway him from her side. "They walk up with a pair of little bitty, bitty bikini underwear and say, 'Will you sign these?'" Phil said. "Well, my first question is, 'Are they clean?' But, see, as I move forward on my travels, I make sure I take two things with me, my Bible and my woman, Miss Kay. You see what I'm saying? I've put my heathen days behind me. I'm not going down that path again."