I knew Vince Vaughn had a bit of a libertarian streak in him when he came out and endorsed Ron Paul’s book End the Fed a few years ago. It was a little shocking to see a Hollywood type publicly endorse a book written by someone as politically incorrect as Ron Paul.
But I didn’t realize how much of a libertarian he was until recently when he came out and expressed his strong support for gun rights. He said:
“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 defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”
On mass shootings, he stated:
“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.”
Knowing his views on gun-free zones, it’s not surprising to find out he’s actually in favor of allowing guns on campus:
“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.”
Geraldo Rivera weighed in and compared him Vaughn to the infamous domestic terrorist. Breitbart reported:
During the Tuesday airing of Fox News’ The Five, Geraldo Rivera said Vince Vaughn’s pro-gun statements reminded him “of Timothy McVeigh and the militias.”
When Geraldo heard these things, he heard Timothy McVeigh — the man who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, thereby killing 168 people.
Geraldo mocked Vaughn’s contention that the Founding Fathers hedged in the right to bear arms so we could resist tyranny not only outside our borders, but also within. He facetiously said, “Anyone who thinks they need guns, there is a gun for every man, woman, and child in the country, to protect against the corrupt, and arrogant, and pervasive government” of which Vaughn spoke.
Geraldo later denied that guns are used by law-abiding citizens to stop crimes. He asked fellow host Eric Bolling, “When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun?” And when Bolling said, “It happens thousands of times per day,” Geraldo responded by saying, “That’s a legend. You’re watching too much True Detective.”
The number Bolling was looking for was 2,082 defensive gun uses (DGUs) per day. That number comes from Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck’s scholarly work showing a minimum of 760,000 DGUs a year.
It’s like those people who think that all pro-lifers are like Eric Rudolph, that guy who bombed a couple abortion clinics. Rudolph allegedly believed that abortion was murder. So now, anytime a pro-lifer says the same thing, he can be compared to a domestic terrorist.