Vince Vaughn Said Some Stupid Shit About Guns

Because people love it when actors talk about politics, Vince Vaughn went off about gun control in a new interview with GQ UK where he advocated for a shitload more guns in schools because everybody should be carrying one in public at all times to fight the government at the drop of a hat. All very reasonable stuff, and definitely not the unhinged ramblings of a paranoid asshat spouting off random things he heard somebody say once:

On owning guns not just because of burglars but because of burglars:

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.”

On gun free zones, how are those working out? Amirite? It’s clever to ask that.

“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. [Ed. Note: Except those one or two you just said, and probably some other one’s like, oh I dunno, movie theaters, but who’s counting? – SW] 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.”

Vince Vaughn’s solution: More guns in schools because forks:

“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.”

I’ll try and make this quick:

1. Are you a police officer or a member of the armed services? Congratulations, Vince Vaughn has fantasies about shooting you in the teeth because tyranny. That’s the only way to interpret anyone who still thinks a gun will protect them from the government in the year 2015.

2. Gun free zones tend to work a hell of a lot better when the entire surrounding area isn’t a goddamn gun free-for-all where you get one with every purchase of a hot dog. Also, I’m pretty sure it’s the pro-gun crowd who’ve argued that, statistically, school shootings are a very rare and minimal occurrence, so there’s really no need to pass more gun control legislation (even if it might theoretically lower that number and would be worth trying). So which one is it? Schools are a goddamn warzone, and we need to blow millions of dollars arming teachers to the teeth which would effectively raise taxes – Aren’t you a libertarian, Vince? – to cover the cost of maintaining and insuring said guns, or are liberals making a big deal out of nothing, and our current levels of gun proliferation is just right? I’m genuinely curious. Adding… Columbine had an armed security guard. It, uh, it didn’t work.

3. If you ban forks, people have two flesh ones called “hands.” If you ban guns, nobody’s building one out of their thumb. As awesome as that might be. Am I robbing this bank or giving a lop-sided thumbs up? The fun’s in the mystery!

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