Why Vince Vaughn Is Right About Putting Guns in Your Kids' Schools

Actor Vince Vaughn took a fairly controversial stance on guns recently, when he stated that he believes that firearms should not be banned from schools. In an interview with British GQ, the True Detective star insinuated that the reason we've had so many school shootings is because guns have been banned from campuses.

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"I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home," Vaughn said. "We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government."

"It's well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back," he insisted, while saying that schools without guns have become targets for mass shooters.

"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," he said. "They are monsters killing six-year-olds."

He continued, "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."

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Although it may be an unpopular opinion in more liberal gun-control focused circles, Vaughn makes a good point. Study after study has shown that there are fewer gun crimes in areas where open carry is legal. Convicted criminals have even gone on record saying that they're more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.

Vaughn pointed out that banning guns from the general public won't stop gun crimes any more than taking away utensils will stop the obesity epidemic. 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."

I have to agree with Vaughn here, as a mother to two children in elementary school. I would much rather have responsible, trained, background-checked adults carrying guns and not needing them, then for my children to become sitting ducks if some psycho decides to storm their school and start shooting.

Of course I'd prefer to live in world where everything was sunshine and roses and no one ever intentionally hurt another person, but that's not the real world. And I'd like my kids to be as protected as possible.

Do you think schools would be safer if responsible adults were able to carry guns?

 

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