Vince Vaughn recently spoke with the British edition of GQ magazine, where he speaks plainly about his views on liberty in America.
The interview began by discussing Vaughn’s role in “assembly-line comedies,” however it was the next three topics of conversation that got the media buzzing.
On the American government:
“Edward Snowden is a hero. I like what he did. My idea of treason is that you sell secrets to the enemy. He gave information to the American people. Snowden didn’t take information for money or dogmas. Governments claim to write endless laws to protect us, a law for this, a law for that, but are they working? I don’t think so. The consequences are that there is a staggering loss of freedom for the individual. I look at the drug wars and they are absolutely f***ing ridiculous. There is a black market and the prisons are overcrowded and it’s not preventing drug use. There’s a corruption that goes all the way to the top.”
On the American right to own a gun:
“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 defence against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back. 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.”
On whether guns should be allowed in schools:
“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. Taking away guns, taking away drugs, the booze, it won’t rid the world of criminality.”
In an interview with Playboy last February, Vaughn described himself as “libertarian.” No matter what, he not only “shatters the status quo-supporting the Hollywood paradigm, but he obliterates the Left/Right paradigm as well,” as those at True Activist put it.
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Agorist, Matt. True Activist. Jun 3, 2015. (http://www.trueactivist.com/snowdens-a-hero-drug-wars-a-failure-guns-arent-for-hunting-vince-vaughn-tells-it-like-it-is/)
Heaf, Jonathan. GQ. 2015. (http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2015-05/29/vince-vaughn-covers-july-issue-british-gq)
Zuckerman, Esther. Time. Jun 1, 2015. (http://time.com/3903412/vince-vaughn-guns-true-detective/)