Vince Vaughn is creating waves with his latest statements on guns in school to prevent mass shootings and citizens owning guns to “resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”
The actor — who is a known activist and a father of two young children — made the controversial statements during an interview with the U.K. edition of GQ. In the insightful piece, Vaughn talks about one of the most controversial topics in America — gun control and the right to carry firearms — and his views are not what most would expect a Hollywood A-lister to have.
“It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back,” Vince Vaughn said of guns — and that was only the beginning. “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. It’s the reason we have freedom of speech.”
The statements are sure to cause even more controversy as they become widely known. Recent mass shootings as school, such as the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, when crazed gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 young children and six adults, add fuel to the fire. The staff had no chance to defend themselves and the kids in the building, and Vaughn suggests that if staff at the school were armed, the tragedy could been averted.
“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.
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.
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.
“I like what he did. My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people.”
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