Meet your newest most favorite celebrity, Vince Vaughn. An interviewer for the British version of GQ decided to ask about the European Left’s favorite tongue-clucking topic of American culture, gun ownership. Rather than pander to the groupthink, Vaughn gave them the rhetorical double-barrel, and even offered a thinly veiled slam at the governing elite across the pond (via LoganSix on Twitter):
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. 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. They are monsters killing six-year-olds.”
At that point, the interviewer followed up by asking whether guns should be allowed in schools — a position often ridiculed by people who forget that many schools had gun clubs in past decades without incident. Vaughn ups the ante by pointing out that the private schools to which the governing class send their own children largely have their own armed security:
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.”
There isn’t much to add to this, except that Vaughn’s arguments will be certain to grab attention, if not massive amounts of condemnation from the cognoscenti, especially in Hollywood. Vaughn seems passionate enough about this not to care, and he’s too significant to marginalize. Vaughn seems to have kept a fairly low political profile, but the excerpt from the upcoming interview would put him on the libertarian-conservative area of the American political spectrum, and it will be fascinating to see whether Vaughn cares to extend his thoughts on these matters.
Until then, we can just enjoy Vaughn’s embrace of liberty and common sense, at least up until the time we start banning forks as a mandate of ObamaCare.