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Matt Damon On Australian Gun Control: ‘I Wish That Could Happen In My Country’

• July 5, 2016 10:03 pm

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Hollywood actor Matt Damon said on a promotional stop in Sydney, Australia, that he wishes that Australia's strict gun control measures were adopted in the United States.

As noted by The Blaze, Damon was asked by the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Sarah Thomas about the current state of U.S. politics and the gun control debate. Damon said he took now responsibility for the state of the race but had very strong views about gun control.

"You know, you guys did it here in 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 said.

Damon was referring to Australia's 1996 National Agreement on Firearms that confiscated guns and was pushed through Australia's parliament in only 12 days. The Australian government bought back more than 600,000 firearms in a mandatory buyback program.

"People get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK-47s 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," Damon said.

Damon, who plays Jason Bourne in the The Bourne Identity series, is often filmed using a variety of firearms for his character. Damon has returned to the role for the first time since 2007.

Published under: Gun Control, Guns