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From The Editor | Viva Vince Vaughn

From The Editor | Viva Vince Vaughn

When actor Vince Vaughn recently took up for the right to keep and bear arms in a highly publicized British GQ interview, he made a very reasonable argument for the Second Amendment—one you seldom hear coming from the “Hollywood crowd.” 

"I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home," Vaughn said. "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."

Vaughn also pointed out the danger of gun-free zones, detailing how only criminals intent on doing harm have firearms in those locations.

"All these gun shootings that have gone down in America since 1950, only one or maybe two have happened in non-gun-free zones,” he said. “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." Vaughn even weighed in on the importance of armed citizens in protecting students. Asked whether he supported guns in the hands of good guys on campuses, Vaughn said: Ironically, the most vocal criticism came from some in the news media—those who are supposedly objective and impartial.

“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.”

One might expect such strong, pointed talk would draw lots of criticism from other actors, many of whom lean toward the anti-gun end of the spectrum. Ironically, the most vocal criticism came from some in the news media—those who are supposedly objective and impartial.

On Fox News’ The Five, Geraldo Rivera compared Vaughn to the perpetrator of the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 innocent people. “Doesn’t that remind you of Timothy McVeigh …?” Rivera quipped.

Geraldo went on to claim that armed self-defense is simply a figment of the imagination of those who support gun rights.

“When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun?” He further dismissed accounts of defensive gun use as “a legend,” adding, “You’re watching too much ‘True Detective.’”

Earth to Geraldo, you need to visit A1F Daily more often. We carry a new Armed Citizen report on a daily basis, plus an expanded version each week. In fact, the NRA has been compiling Armed Citizen information for more than a half-century.

Not to let Geraldo have all the spotlight, none other than that stalwart of unbiased journalism, Piers Morgan, decided to weigh in. Morgan tweeted: “‘Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat’—Vince Vaughn, proving it's not just his movies that are dumb.”

Greg Gutfeld on The Five pointed out the lunacy of Morgan’s statement, considering Morgan chose to attack Vaughn instead of attempting to reasonably refute what Vaughn had said.

“Piers Morgan fulfilled the first syllable of ‘Twitter,’ using that platform to call Vince dumb,” Gutfeld said. “The irony is lost on Piers. Only a dumb person would respond to facts without facts. Piers just showed up at a gunfight with a water pick.”

It’s disappointing that some in the so-called mainstream media are so quick to criticize anyone who truly understands the Second Amendment and speaks out in support of it. Yet it’s equally gratifying when someone in the Hollywood spotlight sets aside worries about what others might think and speaks his mind on important topics.

Three cheers for Vince Vaughn. I’ll go watch his next movie, for sure.