This bums me out because while I’ve always known that Vince Vaughn was Republican, I always thought he was the reasonable kind — a good, Midwestern fella with conservative values (except where it concerns social issues!) and a strong belief in personal accountability, state’s rights, and a clear separation of powers. A McCain Republican! Or a William Weld Republican! Or, you know, a Bill Clinton Republican.
It seems that Vaughn apparently falls into the gun-nut category of Republican, which comes as quite a surprise to me, actually. Vaughn is one of those fellas that strongly believes that guns in school is the only way to prevent mass shootings in schools (via The Guardian):
In an interview with GQ, the star spoke at length about gun control in the US. When asked whether firearms should be made available in schools, given recent shootings, he replied: “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.
Well, that’s sounds logic! I mean, if people only used forks to rise up in their school cafeterias and stab other students with them. Or if you want to go the other way, the only way to combat obesity is with more forks, right? To stab other people with before they can eat those chili fries.
The crazy train doesn’t stop there, though, folks:
“We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars,” he said. “We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”
I’m sure those guns are very effective against the government’s drones, tanks, spy-satellite capabilities, missiles and nukes. Also, how is allowing teachers to possess guns in schools helping us to resist the supreme power of our government?
Oh, and the reason sick people have chosen particular schools as their targets is because those are the schools that don’t allow guns there:
“Take mass shootings,” he said. “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 … 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.
You know, he’s absolutely right! And I’d feel so much safer if everyone in the stadium at those Auburn/Alabama football games every year was carrying a gun, because I am positive that nothing would ever go wrong. I mean, it’s not like a temperamental fan on the losing side of a college football rivalry has ever resorted to violence.
GQ via The Guardian