The Australian website Stuff.co.nz is reporting that actor Matt Damon is a fan of Australia’s gun control program.
In the late 1990s Australia instituted a mandatory gun buyback program following a mass shooting that killed 35 people. The government purchased 650,000 guns from citizens.
Damon was recently in Sydney promoting his upcoming film "Jason Bourne," which will be released July 29. He was asked by reporter Sarah Thomas about his views on gun control. Damon answered:
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. 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.
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.