When I hear the words “Matt Damon” two characters immediately come to mind, Jason Bourne from the Bourne series and “Matt Damon” from “Team America: World Police.”
Up until recently, well, until I read Damon’s statements on gun control this week, I more often than not pictured Damon as the badass from Bourne. Yeah, Matt Damon = Jason Bourne. No one’s cooler than Jason Bourne. Right? So tough! So cool! So badass!
However, I’m firmly changing my position on this. From this day forward, when I hear “Matt Damon,” I will only think of the doltish puppet from “Team America: World Police.” The Bourne version of Damon is dead to me. He is now, and forever, “Matt Damon.”
If you’ve never seen “Team America: World Police” then you’re not going to get the import of what I’m saying. For those of you unfamiliar with “Team America: World Police,” I’ve included a video from the movie below so you can at least get a little taste as to how the creators of the movie (the guys from “South Park”) chose to portray Damon (as an imbecile whose only way to communicate is to repeat his own name, kinda like Hodor from “Game of Thrones.”). Needless to say, it’s not all that flattering.
Anyways, what did Damon say about gun control, you ask? Ugh. Basically, while promoting the new Bourne movie in the Land Down Under, he praised the Aussies for their national (mandatory) “buyback” scheme that disarmed the vast majority of law-abiding citizens.
“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,” said Damon, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald while visiting Sydney.
“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,” Damon 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,” said the 45-year-old actor.
I know what you’re thinking, Damon’s a hypocrite. And he is. If Damon feels so passionately that the mere presence of firearms in a society are a root cause of violence then he ought not to take roles that showcase guns being used to kill people, whether that be good guys or bad guys. Of course, he would never do that. He has a classic Hollywood guns-for-me-but-not-for-thee mentality. It’s okay when he pretends to shoot people on screen, but if you need a modern sporting rifle to defend your family against a group of thugs, well, tough luck. And the fact that you oppose laws that would ban many commonly owned and widely popular firearms, well, that makes you an “emotional” zealot, in the eyes of Damon.
I’d also go one step further and say that Damon is not only being a hypocrite but that he is also being ironic. Think about it. If I recall correctly, the Bourne series is about an extra-constitutional, dare I say “tyrannical,” government program. Bourne was part of that rogue outfit before he was concussed and reawaken with a moral compass. In the trilogy (or, however many movies there are) Bourne actively fights against that tyrannical agency with — wait for it — guns! That’s right! He is using guns to keep the government in check or, at least, at bay! Hmmm… Isn’t that why the founders included the 2A? Now, here is where the irony kicks in with respect to his reference to No-Fly, No-Buy legislation. Doesn’t that agency have Bourne on a watchlist? Isn’t he considered a terrorist or an enemy of the state? Isn’t the government trying to keep guns out of his hands even though he is the good guy of the film?
Presumably, the answers to all those questions are: yes! This means that one of the fundamental lessons of the movie is that government cannot be trusted. Moreover, that the government is bad. Moreover, that giving the government — FBI, CIA, DHS, NSA — the power to render judgement on who and who is not a terrorist and, by extension, who can and cannot own a firearm is a very dangerous proposition. Yet, Damon glibly defends a position on gun control that the Bourne series successfully undermines and subverts. Ironic, isn’t it?
Damon continued his praise of Australia, suggesting that gun control is the answer to stopping mass killings.
“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,” he said.
“I wish we could be sensible like that but I don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime,” Damon concluded.
Damon’s ignorance is off the charts. There have been at least four shooting attacks in Australia since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, which triggered the nationwide mandatory “buyback” (those guns never belonged to the government, so the label “buyback” is a misnomer). Additionally, comparing America to Australia is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Australia is a rather culturally homogenous country with 23 million people. America is a very diverse nation with 310 million people. Big difference. Lastly, the notion that the “buyback” system didn’t infringe upon anyone’s rights is a transparently stupid thing to say. Australia’s gun laws effectively remove one’s natural right to self-defense. In terms of infringing on fundamental rights, it doesn’t get much worse than that.
Long story short, I hope you join me in boycotting the new Bourne movie. Screw Matt Damon aka “Matt Damon” (see video below)!