Vince Vaughn has thrown his support behind the Second Amendment - the right of American people to bare firearms - despite a spate of shootings in U.S schools recently. Vaughn, who stars in the new season of True Detective, likened the amendment to "freedom of speech" and claimed that mass shootings "only happened in places that don't allow guns."

Vince VaughnVince Vaughn has backed the second ammendment

Asked by GQ magazine whether firearms should continue to be available to civilians for protection, the comedy actor said: "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.

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"And we should be allowed the same rights. 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 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.

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"It's the same reason we have freedom of speech. It's well known that the greatest defence against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back."

Vaughn's comments are in stark contrast to those of Liam Neeson earlier this year, who claimed recent shootings in America on the country's lack of gun control.

"There's just too many f**king guns out there," he told Gulf News.

"Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320million? There's over 300million guns. Privately owned, in America.