In a declaration of support for the right to bear arms in the United States, actor Vince Vaughn has announced that guns should be allowed in schools in order to decrease the number of school shootings occurring throughout the country.
The actor recently told the British GQ Magazine that guns should be allowed in schools, adding that mass shootings “only happened in places that don’t allow guns”.
“You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do. Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat,” he told GQ UK. “Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”
Vaughn went on to say that people who are “sick in the head” are attracted to schools because there are no guns on campuses, making them the perfect spot to find low-risk targets for people “looking to slaughter defenseless human beings,” writes Ethan Sacks for The Daily News. He said it is his belief that mass shootings that occur in the US only happen in places that hold restrictions on firearms, such as schools.
“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,” Vaughn said. “They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”
The actor added that he supports people “having a gun in public, full stop,” not only keeping guns in the home.
“We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars,” he said. “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.”
He went on to discuss his views on Edward Snowden, who let classified material from the NSA reach the press. The actor referred to him as a “hero,” adding, “I like what he did,” Vaughn said. “My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people.”
The 45-year-old actor is currently starring in the second season of True Detective, playing a criminal entrepreneur. He is also set to star in Term Life, playing a man who is wanted by a variety of hit men.