We’ve known for a while that Vince Vaughn had libertarian tendencies, but he seems to have stunned many with his uncompromising support for gun rights in a wide-ranging interview in the British edition of GQ.
GQ posted segments of the interview online:
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.”
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.”
Backlash from the shrieking loons of the anti-gun left have been predictable and immediate, with outrage in the neutered Commonwealth countries being particularly shrill. Of course, we’re talking about people who long ago gave up their gun rights, are in the process of giving up their rights to own even utilitarian cooking knives, and who think pepper-spraying rapists is cruel and unusual punishment, so take that criticism from a culture of Eloi for whatever it is worth.
Overall reaction to Vaughn’s views has been noticeably positive in the United States, where we have both the world’s largest and fastest growing gun culture.
What is most important, however, isn’t that Vaughn’s views are popular. What matters is that they are factually correct.
The Founding Fathers explicitly wanted us armed to defend ourselves against corrupt and abusive government. After all, they wrote the Second Amendment after having just won their liberty from the most powerful military in the world at the time, and knew that future Americans would one day see government attempt to one day turn citizens into subjects. When that day comes, the Founders want Americans to rise up with the force of arms and topple that corrupt government to reassert our liberties.
Vaughn is equally correct on the value of guns in schools. Two mass shootings have been prevented in recent years thanks to districts where armed men (school resource officers) were able to close down on and isolate would be mass murderers. One was at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, and the other was at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.
Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns on a disgustingly regular basis, and it doesn’t matter if we’re talking law enforcement officers taking down ccriminals, school resource officers taking down would-be mass shooters, concealed carriers taking out robbers, or residents taking down home invaders.
Criminals and tyrants don’t respect laws, but they do respect the power of an armed citizenry.