Matt Damon praised Australia’s gun laws while promoting his latest gun-toting Jason Bourne film in that country.
“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,” the diminutive star said while pandering his way through the former British prison colony.
“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.”
Was Damon just pandering to his foreign audience? Was he just trying to make them feel better about their intrusive government to sell more tickets to films?
It’s worth noting that the studio releasing the latest Bourne film uses a whole lot of firearms to make his character look tough and deadly:
— #JasonBourne (@jasonbourne) June 30, 2016
In fact, they even promote the fact that when Jason Bourne doesn’t have a gun at his disposal, he will use any object to kill his adversary, just like murderers in Australia.
— #JasonBourne (@jasonbourne) July 1, 2016
In fact, there’s a lot of on-screen violence in precious little Matt Damon’s Bourne franchise. And he’s made millions glorifying those deaths. Here’s a Wiki page dedicated to detailing the multiple deaths at the hands of Damon’s character, most of them using a firearm. In fact, Damon seems to really love his pretend guns. Take a look at this page which details every firearm his characters have used to kill bad guys (and some good guys) in his films.
But, here’s the thing, I celebrate Damon’s right to free expression protected by the 1st amendment. I’m not calling for some sort of regulation overt the entertainment industry to curb the violence seen in films, on TV or in video games. I don’t begrudge him making literally millions of dollars by making killing people with bad-ass firearms. I have more respect for our freedoms, our constitution and the intelligence and integrity of the American people than to want to remove their rights just because some mentally deranged or evil people might be inspired by a film to kill innocent people.
Matt Damon however, wants to do away with the 2nd amendment because he knows better.
His film opens July 29. It would be a real shame if Americans decided to stay home that weekend.