Don’t get me wrong – Vince Vaughn has done some funny movies in his day, but he’s always struck me as a bit of a dipshit. He says some dumb stuff on occasion, but I feel like he’s been in Hollywood long enough that we all just sort of ignore it when it happens and let him live. However, he’s just spouted some seriously ridiculous nonsense about how he thinks guns should be allowed in schools, and it set so many synapses in my brain on fire that I don’t even know what to make of it.
On the American right to own a gun:
“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. … 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.”
On whether guns should be allowed in schools:
“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.”
Totes, Vince Vaughn. Guns totally fend off other guns! I mean, I think I get what he’s TRYING to say, but the logic just doesn’t hold water. “Let us have our guns, and that’ll make it so that people don’t get shot as much!” Sorry, but uh, that doesn’t make sense. It’ll just make it easier for the nutjobs that get guns on the black market to get them legitimately. And sure, I guess if someone starts shooting at you, you can… shoot at them back? But I don’t really think that’s going to solve the serious issue with gun violence we have in this country.
Maybe he should stick to acting?