While promoting his action packed and gun ridden film, Jason Bourne, Matt Damon said he agreed with Australia’s gun ban and wished America would follow in its footsteps.
“You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can’t,” Damon told media Down Under.
“People get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK47s to people on terror watch lists, that’s a non-starter. I don’t know what needs to happen,” Damon said.
“Obviously mass shootings aren’t going to do it. There have been so many of them at this point. Sandy Hook, when those children were murdered, if that didn’t do it, you know, I just don’t know. Maybe we just need to evolve further before we can have that conversation, I don’t know,” Damon said. “I wish we could be sensible like that but I don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime.”
Following a shooting in 1996, Australia passed a strict series of gun control laws called the National Firearms Agreement which banned semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns and heavily increased regulation. Australia then held buyback programs which were mandatory. The noncompliant faced criminal charges and heavy fines.