Matt Damon says the US needs to tighten its laws on gun control, following the latest shootings in North America.
At a press conference for his new film Jason Bourne in Australia, Damon said he regrets that the US appears unable to hold a “sensible” debate about increasing gun control.
Damon said: “Gun control is such a personal issue for people that we just cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can’t.”
The shooter who killed 49 people at Orlando LGBT club Pulse in June had been on a watch list as a suspected terrorist, but was still able to buy the AK-47 rifle which he used to murder his victims. In the wake of the tragedy, US politicians voted against barring people on terror watch lists no longer being able to buy assault rifles.
Damon said: “People get so emotional that, even when you make a suggeston about not selling AK-47s to people on terror watch lists, that’s a non-starter. I don’t know what needs to happen.”
Australia tightened its gun laws in 1996, and the number of mass shootings has drastically been reduced in the past 20 years.
Damon said: “What Australia did is wonderful, because you guys haven’t had a mass shooting since you went ‘No, we’re going to be sensible about this.’ And nobody’s rights have been infringed. You guys are fine. I wish we could be sensible like that, but I don’t think it’s going to happen in my lifetime.”