Before the latest shootings in Charleston, actor Vince Vaughn made some surprisingly refreshing comments on guns to the British GQ magazine. He bravely told the publication (whose readers are by-and-large anti-gun by virtue of their politics and geography in Europe) why he still supports the Second Amendment, not despite mass shootings, but because of them:
“I support people having a gun in public full stop, 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. It’s well known that the greatest defence against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back. All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones. Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns. These people are sick in the head and are going to kill innocent people. They are looking to slaughter defenceless human beings. They do not 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.”
Even on the issue of guns in schools, an idea which liberals find particularly galling, Vaughn is all-in. He told GQ “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.”
After an NRA ad proclaiming that the Obama girl’s school, Sidwell Friends, had armed guards, the Left hit back hard on the statement. The Washington Post gave the statement “four Pinocchios.” The fact remains, however, that the Obamas both have armed Secret Service guarding them at all times, and those agents are present in the school when the girls are in class and could and would spring to action if there was an incident requiring deadly force.
Hollywood, outside of Charton Heston, is overwhelmingly composed of anti-gun liberals who still gleefully mock the star, despite his 2008 death to Alzheimer’s. Vaughn’s comments surprisingly didn’t make much news stateside, which is particularly shocking considering his role in the popular HBO series True Detective, premiering this week.
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