Hollywood has long had a hypocritical relationship with guns. While strutting around with armed bodyguards, they staunchly oppose the right for ordinary Americans to enjoy the same security guns provide. While starring in blow-’em-up action movies and flashing guns in every scene, they speak out against the glorification of firearms.

Vince Vaughn isn’t buying it.

After the recent tragedy in a Charleston church, it’s time that all Americans — and yes, that means even those who live in Hollywood — think soberly about how the second amendment can provide protection against unimaginable evil. Vaughn’s interview in the British Gentlemen’s Quarterly, conveyed common sense not often found in Hollywood about the topic. Though he was interviewed before the Charleston shooting, his prescient interview resonates even more strongly today:

It’s well known that the greatest defense 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 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.

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.

He also questioned the effectiveness of over-legislation:

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.

He even went delved more deeply into the heart of the 2nd amendment:

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.

Vaughn is not the only one who feels this way. Other Hollywood figures who support gun ownership as a basic American right include Charlie Sheen, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, James Earl Jones, Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck, and famously, the late Charlton Heston.

In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, we don’t need the word of a celebrity to know things need to change. However, it is refreshing to hear that even Hollywood is beginning to get serious about our freedom.

This article is also published at The American Spectator.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

One Response

  1. Gloria Clah

    Yep! We need our guns for sure. To many terrorist on the rise every where. No one will be looking out for us so, we need our guns.


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