Actor Vince Vaughn (Old School, Wedding Crashers, True Detective) explained to British GQ, why Americans have the right to own and bear arms in public.
Vaughn told British GQ that “the American right to own a gun” fundamentally protects the citizen’s right to resist “the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”
Vaughn compared the logic of gun control, gun free zones, and banning guns from school, to “banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”
“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.”
Now a happily married father of two children, he also explained why gun free school zones are a terrible idea. He says:
“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.”
British GQ asked Vaughn if he agreed that students on school campuses should be allowed to open carry guns. Vaughn responded:
“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.”
Vaughn’s patriotism shines through the entire article. He expresses the importance of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms in addition to personal liberty and freedom. He points out the obvious, but in a classic way, with humor. The right to keep and bear arms he argues, is not a “collective” idea. It’s the right of every American citizen to protect his/herself, family, and property.