Actor Vince Vaughn made an outright pro-gun stance in a new interview with British GQ.
In excerpts from the interview published Monday, Vaughn said he supports the right for people to carry a gun at all times in order to protect themselves against a too-powerful government.
On the American right to own a gun, he said,
“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 defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”
Vaughn went further and explained that he believes that firearms should be allowed in schools to prevent mass shootings from taking place. He believes the string of mass shootings in the U.S. have only happened where there are more restrictions on firearms.
“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 defenseless human beings.”
The sneak peak of the interview finished with Vaughn comparing guns to forks.
“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.”
It’s not the first time Vaughn has expressed his pro-Second Amendment views, including when he discussed a range of libertarian beliefs in an interview with Playboy earlier this year.
In the February interview, he talked about big government and how he feels it should have less of a role in day-to-day lives.
“You have to understand that America today is not capitalistic. The problem is corporatism. The government has too much authority, and it’s dangerous. It stifles productivity and freedom and prosperity and peace. I find most people nowadays are more complacent or accepting that the government can successfully do everything for us. It can’t. It can’t!”
Vaughn also added his opinions on affirmative action and gay marriage.
“…[E]valuating someone based on race…is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.”
Vince Vaughn’s full interview with British GQ will be released in the July issue of British GQ, available digitally and on newsstands June 4.