So it turns out actor Vince Vaughn has some pretty strong views on gun ownership, claiming that guns in schools would actually stop mass shootings.
In an interview with GQ, the 45-year-old spoke at length about gun control in the U.S, and threw in his thoughts on the legalisation of drugs for good measure.
When asked whether firearms should be allowed in schools, Vaughn said:
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.
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. In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these schools because they know there are no guns there. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.
Who would have thought that a guy who’s starred in some of the goofiest (and worst) comedy films of all time would love his guns so much?
Maybe these radical views on firearms are linked to Vaughn’s upcoming TV and film roles in the second season of True Detective and crime drama Term Life, which are a bit more serious and action packed than his usual fare.