Dan Gilmore / June 2, 2015

Actor Supports Guns in Schools, Hollywood Goes Hysterical

It takes courage to come out conservative in Hollywood. And actor Vince Vaughn, known for his roles in “assembly-line comedies,” has stepped into the political crosshairs. “You think the politicians that run my country and your country don’t have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do,” Vaughn told UK-based Sky News. “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. … 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.” Hollywood and UK media quickly labeled Vaughn an idiot. But Charles C. W. Cooke notes that Vaughn’s thinking is correct, if a bit underdeveloped, as Vaughn never specifies how he envisions guns in schools. But Vaughn gets the concept of self-defense: “It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.” Given that Hollywood hypocrites make so much money from gratuitous violence, it’s refreshing to hear an actor support the Second Amendment.

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