Actor Vince Vaughn Opens Up About Edward Snowden and Gun Rights in GQ Interview

In the July issue of British GQ magazine available June 4, actor Vince Vaughn opens up about his views on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the right to bear arms.

“Edward Snowden is a hero. I like what he did,” Vaughn explained when asked about his views on government. “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 actor continued. “The consequences are that there is a staggering loss of freedom for the individual. I look at the drug wars and they are absolutely f***ing ridiculous. There is a black market and the prisons are overcrowded and it’s not preventing drug use. There’s a corruption that goes all the way to the top.”

Vaughn, who’s known for his roles in blockbuster comedies, has been outspoken about his political beliefs for several years. The self-identified libertarian is a strong supporter of Ron Paul, and has recently spoken highly of the libertarian icons son and 2016 presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul.

“I have gotten to know Rand through Ron and I have found him to be very consistent on a lot of the issues where liberty is concerned, and liked him very much,” Vaughn said. “There are some things I wasn’t totally understanding of [regarding Rand Paul’s politics] but he is the candidate that is currently running that I am most sort of aligned with in sort of his thoughts and philosophies.”

When GQ asked about Vaughn’s stance on American’s right to own a gun, the actor gave a thorough explanation about why he unequivocally supports the second 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,” Vaughn explained.

“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 continued. “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,” the actor concluded.

Vince Vaughn will next appear in season two of True Detective scheduled to premiere June 21 at 9 p.m.

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