Matt Damon on gun control: "We cannot talk about it sensibly"

In an interview with a New Zealand news site, Damon applauded Australia's "wonderful," sweeping assault weapons ban

Published July 5, 2016 6:46PM (EDT)

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Another "Bourne" iteration means another press junket for the series' star Matt Damon.

While promoting "Jason Bourne" — the fifth film in the series — in Sydney, Australia, Damon was asked about the United States' repeated failed attempts to regulate the sale of high-capacity firearms.

"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," Damon told, a New Zealand-based new site. "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."

He continued:

"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.

"It's wonderful what Australia did 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 that's going to happen in my lifetime."

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By Brendan Gauthier

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