Vince Vaughn encourages guns in schools

Vince Vaughn with daughter Locklyn KylaVince Vaughn is a strong supporter of the American second amendment. The True Detective star believes we should encourage gun possession in schools.

In a recent interview with the U.K. version of GQ magazine, Vince, pictured at left with daughter Locklyn Kyla, was quoted as saying, “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.”

He went on to add, “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. 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.”

The Unfinished Business star continued, “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.”

Season Two of True Detective premieres June 21, 2015. ~Greg Chisholm

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  1. Summer • June 4, 2015 @ 9:23 AM

    He’s right, the bad guys assume we don’t have guns. We should be able to carry guns to protect ourselves.

  2. QueenJ • June 4, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

    Um, isn’t this a Canadian site? As a Canadian, I do NOT want us turning into the U.S. Vince was somewhat right – the right to bear arms was put into effect so that the original settlers could defend their land against the British army as they tried to invade and take over. Since that’s not going to happen any time soon, I think this law is outdated and should be revoked. There’s too many idiots out there that just want a gun because it’s their right – not because they need it.

  3. Bill • June 4, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

    What an idiot!!
    No wonder Yanks keep killing themselves in record numbers!!

  4. Trevor Jones • June 4, 2015 @ 1:43 PM

    Vince Vaughan I guess has no problem when he reads in papers in the USA about a 5 year old boy who shoots & kills his 3 year old sister in there home , cause the gun was left unattended, and loaded cause he so believes in the 2nd amendment. Vince Vaughan might be interested to know that here in Canada with a population of 35 million very seldom have a police officer killed, and usually when it happens it is in a traffic accident. Compare that to the thousands of police officers killed in the USA yearly in the line of duty cause every idiotic American believes in the 2nd amendment. Americans are gun crazy. Put guns in schools and guess what happens when a student gets bullied or gets pissed off at a teacher. You know what happens. In Canada we have gun control and our crime rate is decreasing. The problem is in the USA is that the NRA are affiliated with the gun manufacturers and therefore the whole thing is a monetary issue NOT the 2nd amendment.

  5. Bic667 • June 4, 2015 @ 3:15 PM

    Not to belabor the point, but in the US last year there were a total of 117 officers killed, only 49 of which were gun related (2 of which were accidental).

    Argue gun rights/restrictions all you want but at least bother to look up easily Googleable facts.

    Also, the rate of violent crime has dropped faster in the US than in Canada (while gun ownership has increased) and while crimes involving deaths are higher in the US (about double Canada’s rate but still less than 5/100,000) the rate of nonfatal assaults is much higher in Canada.

    A very large portion of gun deaths in the US are gang related, not simply gun related and when you remove gang hotspots from the stats the US, in general, has very similar, if not better, stats than Canada.

  6. dougo13 • June 4, 2015 @ 3:16 PM

    Wow! Art imitating real life. He plays a goof in the movies and is one in real life…

  7. Kevin • June 4, 2015 @ 3:37 PM

    Unf####ing believable!

  8. Bob • June 4, 2015 @ 8:13 PM

    So he suggests that the kids in school should have guns. Then we’d hear a lot of school killings between 2 kids in dispute, kids being bullied or those that are unstable or kids shooting the teachers or principle. Kids aren’t allowed to drink or vote before 18 or 21 (depending where you live) but they would be allowed to carry deadly weapons as young kids. What kind of Mega STUPID idea does Vince have. Maybe Vince should try a sample trial by giving his kids guns to use in their home and see how long daddy lives when he has to punish one of them.

  9. Gus • June 4, 2015 @ 9:40 PM

    @Bic667 is an idiot and those wkipedia nonsensical stats you have are so wrong. As was said and as Vince himslef said the entire premise of the 2nd amendment in the US constitution is based on the notion that the ordinary people can infact ward off an tyrannical government with the “right to bear arms”. This was in direct response to what the forefathers had suffered under the British so were saying no more of that crap again. Now tell me does anyone in their right mind believe that ordinary US citizens simply because they have a right to carry guns are actually putting a check on the mighty US government from becoming abusive or tyrannical? Really? These small fire arms will stand up to the US army with their laser guided missiles, deadly drones, aircraft carries, stealth bombers and nukes? What a joke. The second amendment is as outdated as the Victorian Cosette, as evil as slavery and as useless in achieving its purpose as “holy wars”. On top of that the same people who staunchly defend their 2nd amendment right to carry guns are the same ones who believe the US/Obama government is the most abusive and corrupt it has ever been, so does that make sense? What idiots! Thank god for Canada (why the idiots here want to turn this great country into and American clone I know not!)

  10. Marisa Monroe • June 5, 2015 @ 12:45 AM

    Well, they had guns at Columbine…

  11. Yankee Doodle Dandy • June 5, 2015 @ 3:25 AM

    Mental illness and guns do not go together. Bullies and guns are a bad mix. Road rage and guns not good. Frustration and anger plus guns especially machine guns not a good idea. Paranoid people with guns a no no. Fanatics with guns could easily get carried away. Family members who argue with guns at hand kill. It’s too easy to shoot in anger. Organized crime and drug gangs with guns leads to daily murders. Toddlers with guns kill. The only people pushing the second amendment to the nth degree are gun manufacturers who sell tons of guns to their fellow Americans everyday to make money with blood on their hands as they shake hands with their national shill the NRA. Yes Charlton NRA Heston “From my cold, dead hands.” That’s where your guns belong, in your cold, dead hands where they can’t do any harm to anyone. Guns are just too dangerous for any Tom, Dick and Harry to handle. Not everyone can or wants to be a Wyatt Earp. If everyone had a gun then why wouldn’t they use them? You would go through life from childhood through old age with a gun strapped to your leg and never use it? I could just see the headlines TODLERS SHOOT IT OUT OVER STOLEN LOLIPOP! BOTH SHOT DEAD! or SENIORS SHOOT IT OUT OVER HANDICAP PARKING SPOT! CAN’T REMEMBER WHY HE SHOT THE GUY! or MOM TIRED OF WAITING IN LINE SHOOTS EVERYONE IN FRONT OF HER! THEN IS SHOT DEAD BY CASHIER! or MAN OBJECTS, SHOOTS GROOM DEAD THEN IS SHOT DEAD BY ENTIRE WEDDING PARTY AND THEN SOME! Does everyone really need to carry a gun to feel safe? I think the second amendment needs an amendment. It’s not 1776 anymore. Are you a son of a gun or a Yankee Doodle Dandy?
    “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, a Yankee Doodle, do or die
    A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam born on the Fourth of July
    I’ve got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart
    She’s my Yankee Doodle joy
    Yankee Doodle came to London just to ride the ponies
    I am the Yankee Doodle Boy” — George M. Cohan

  12. Bic667 • June 5, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

    The police death stats are from the Officer Down Memorial page for Canada and the US; they track the deaths and causes for officers killed while on duty.

    The crime stats are based off reports from Stats Canada and the US Census for Disease Control.

    Argue whichever side of the gun issue you want but don’t hide behind ignorance because you don’t like the numbers.

  13. NotStan • June 5, 2015 @ 4:34 PM

    I see his point on one hand, but on the other hand, high school and younger kids are far too immature to be responsible enough to carry around guns. Do you really want to give a weapon to someone that just got through puberty? If he means that the school itself or faculty members such as a principal or on campus security carry a gun then that makes more sense. Though in my personal opinion guns are just f*cking stupid.

  14. Bic667 • June 5, 2015 @ 4:48 PM

    From actual articles about the interview it appears, and most people should have been able to surmise, that Vaughn was talking about teachers and/or security guards being trained to use and carry/store weapons in case of emergency. But people prefer to carry the arguments to the most extreme to try and make their point while at the same time actually hurting whatever validity their side may have had.

    There are already laws against children handling let alone possessing a firearm and Vaughn made no mention of changing any of them to lower the age limits.

  15. NotStan • June 5, 2015 @ 4:53 PM

    @Bic667 LMFAO!!!!! All you had to say for me to know your statistical numbers were a boldfaced LIE was that you were trying to portray Canada as not just violent, but more so than the US, Lol. Never try to win an argument by trying to make Canada seem more violent, I am still dying from laughter.

    @Gus love your reply to Bic667

  16. Bic667 • June 7, 2015 @ 8:52 AM

    Once again for those in the cheap seats or without access to google:

    Violent crime in Canada (2013 from stats can): 384,000
    Population of Canada: 33.9 million
    1,133 / 100,000

    Violent Crime rate in US (2013 from FBI): 1,163,146
    Population of US: 313.2 million
    371 / 100,000

    Or if you’d like you can look up the Dutch Ministry’s report on international assault rates (for 1999). Of the countries compared oddly Australia comes in at #1, Canada #4 and the US #13 (lower ranked is better).

    It’s math. It’s not hard.

    We like to portray an image of all smiles and maple syrup but the fact is we are not all that dissimilar to the vast majority of the US. Even though their cites are 2-4 times larger than Toronto most of America is still closer to the average northern Ontario town than the war zone people like to pretend it is.

    The simple fact is crime reporting on the news has dramatically increased while at the same time crime rates have dramatically decreased but people are suckered in by scary headlines and their own feeling of superiority and don’t want to lose that feeling by accepting the truth.

    I know there are places in Ottawa, Toronto and Winnepeg I won’t go when it gets dark without keeping an eye over my shoulder (just naming 3 cities I’ve either lived in or had/have family live in). Canada is great but it’s not some pristine country on a hill without it’s own troubles.

  17. C. • August 5, 2015 @ 7:38 PM

    Stats are just a bunch of numbers manipulated to easily to twist & justify points of views. Use our decent human common sense please. Violence begets violence. First comes the gun then what next?…the right to bare a individual nuclear weapons. Bullying, violence, revenge, anger, sense of injustice, mental challenges…these are elements & frailty of the human condition. Given our current world climate, we seem to be more exposed to these type of negative pressures on a daily basis which can easily trigger in all & any of us a negative effect, & given the right circumstances & when mixed with a weapons such as a gun that can be easily accessed, the inevitable outcome is usually very tragic. Individuals do not need more access to weapons…people need connect with each other again & be decent, if you see someone in trouble, take the time to connect other than texting; e-mailing; fantasy video games; etc).

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