Vince Vaughn is tackling a gritty new role in the second season of HBO's True Detective, and the funnyman is getting real in a new interview as well, talking to British GQ about his beliefs on gun control and arming America’s schools.
"I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home," the actor told the magazine. "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 defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back."
The actor stars opposite Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch in the upcoming season of True Detective. Vaughn plays career criminal Frank Semyon in the new batch of episodes and his profile with the British mag has him "shooting from the hip" about real-life issues as well.
"All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones," Vaughn claims. "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."
It’s for this reason, Vaughn told the magazine, that he even supports guns being used as protection in American schools.
"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," he said. "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."
The Unfinished Business star also weighed in on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who he terms "a hero."
"I like what he did,' Vaughn said. "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."