The actor believes senseless gun violence can be solved by righteous gun violence.
Vince Vaughn thinks you should protect schools with guns. (via Getty)
Vince Vaughn wants you to exercise your right as an American to own and operate firearms. He told British GQ, "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." The star of the upcoming season of True Detective might be right. Punishing the many for the misdeeds of a few is not how to do things in America. Except taxpayers bailing out the banks after the banks robbed homeowners, but that's a different government overreach discussion.
Vaughn continues, however, extrapolating that America's reluctance to be armed and ready is what allows mass gun violence to escalate in the first place:
“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 defenseless human beings... 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."
Vaughn, however, seems to forget that keeping guns out of places like elementary schools is for practical safety and emotional safety. Forget the fact that having a loaded weapon in a place of learning is completely unnecessary (unless the place of learning is a gun range. Then some guns will be helpful.) Imagine the atmosphere loaded firearms create for children who are trying to learn the building blocks of life.
Our constitutional rights are not without their consequences. Vaughn and other Second Amendment activists equate our right to bear arms with freedom of speech.
“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 defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back."
Freedom of speech guarantees us all the right to say whatever we'd like and not be imprisoned for it. It doesn't protect us from losing our jobs, from being boycotted, or even from public shaming. Those are the consequences of saying things people find offensive. Likewise, we can own guns, but we cannot bring them to public places where firearms are inappropriate, because the risk of death or injury is too great. Nobody ever died from saying something offensive.
Vaughn and Hollywood's privileged elite like Clint Eastwood, Ted Nugent, Chuck Norris, and Bruce Willis can continue to cram guns down our throats, but here in America—In the real world—we like to keep our guns locked up and out of schools, movie theaters, and everywhere else we don't want to be shot.