Vince Vaughn recently gave an interview with British GQ in promotion for the forthcoming second season of HBO’s hit show True Detective, and the funny-guy turned leery-eyed villain made his views on gun control abundantly clear in his chat with the men’s mag. Whether Vince being steeped in a fictional world of the L.A. crime scene for filming has anything to do with his opinion, we’re not sure. But what we are sure about is that this straight-shooter is pushing for pro-gun at every turn.
To start, Vaughn believes that any American should be able to carry a firearm wherever they’d like. “I support people having a gun in public full stop,” says Vaughn. “Not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech.”
Vaughn continues with a discussion on why schools have become the focal point for mass shootings in America, and determines that because they are gun-free zones they’ve become targets for the disturbed that desire to kill, but don’t want “confrontation.”
“In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”
Vaughn is finally asked about whether or not he thinks guns should be permitted within schools, and the actor confidently asserts that they should.
“Of course. You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do. And we should be allowed the same rights. Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”
Banning forks may not be the most suitable solution in helping America to solve its obesity problem, but making a McDonalds available for consumers at every corner also hasn’t been helpful. Likewise, making guns easily available and accessible in every spot in the nation to every American citizen probably wouldn’t reduce our chance for violence. What does help – in both scenarios – is education.
Reaction to Vaughn’s statements have been as mixed as you might expect, with conservatives lauding the champion for preaching his second amendment values, and others questioning whether or not the bold remarks could have a negative effect on his career. Either way, he’s certainly drummed up a lot of attention for True Detective.
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Vince Vaughn: “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”