Who wants to take a shower with Mike Huckabee? It’s bring your gun to school day! Glenn Beck says Rick Perry’s hard rain’s a-gonna fall. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Vince Vaughn
Vaughn recently did an interview with GQ to promote the second season of HBO’s True Detective, during which he rolled out the old conservative line about how mass shooters only target places where guns are not permitted — even though there’s no evidence to back up this claim.
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. It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual.
“Banning guns,” Vaughn continued, “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.”
Thing is, there are plenty of ways to get fat without forks (ice cream?). But how many readily available, widely legal, and sparsely regulated ways are there to kill 26 people in less than 10 minutes?
Incidentally, this Tuesday was National Gun Violence Prevention Day, so the NRA encouraged its members to “splurge on a new gun.”