[Video] Matt Damon Speaks Out Against Concealed Carry and Stand Your Ground Laws
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In a recent interview with BET, Matt Damon gave some interesting answers to questions about his new movie Elysium.
Damon first used the interview to speak out against the Obama administration, the use of drone strikes, and the NSA domestic surveillance programs.
However, when asked about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, Damon said he hoped that Florida would revisit its Stand Your Ground law. He also seemingly spoke out against concealed carry in general.
Here are Damon’s statements (we tried to write them as they were said, but there were quite a few pauses and random “you knows,” “so’s”, etc),
“The stand your ground law, I think is, is, is, I hope that they would revisit that. I mean I lived in Florida for five years, so we can’t have a world you know where people are putting guns in their pockets walking around looking for, thinking you know, that they’re the neighborhood watch. You know, I mean we have a police force for that and we should leave the novices at home.”
Some of Damon’s most popular movies, the Bourne franchise films, feature Damon playing a gun wielding government hit man out for revenge.
Stand your ground statutes, which are self defense laws that require no duty for the victim to retreat before using deadly force in self defense, have become a topic of discussion following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.
A Florida jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he shot Martin.
Zimmerman’s legal team did not argue a stand your ground defense during the trial, but some elements of the law were included in the jury instructions for deliberations.
Hat Tip: David Codrea