Words & Deeds

Idaho protesters to target Matt Damon over guns

When actor Matt Damon visits Village Cinema on July 20 to introduce sold-out screenings of his latest movie, “Jason Bourne,” and raise money for a new YMCA, his Idaho reception won’t be all good will.

Calling the Oscar winner a “gun grabber,” the Boise-based Idaho Second Amendment Alliance plans to hold a protest that day. It’s set for 3:15 p.m. at The Village at Meridian (on a nearby public sidewalk).

“I’m not about to let some a-hole Hollywood hypocrite come to my state and promote his movie that uses the very guns he wants the government (to) confiscate,” the gun-rights group’s Facebook page says.

How do you like them apples, Matt?

The uproar stems from a recent overseas interview in which Damon expressed support for tough Australian gun-control laws enacted in 1996.

“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 said.

(Says who, “a-hole”?!)

“If Matt Damon wants Australia-like gun-control measures, we’d invite him to move to Perth, or Sydney,” Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett declared in a press release this week.

“It’s pretty disingenuous for Mr. Damon to promote his gun-filled film in this gun-friendly state after calling for such sweeping and ridiculous anti-Second Amendment gun control,” Pruett added.

This makes total sense if you spend most of your waking hours worrying about the government taking away your guns.

For the rest of us? Not so much. It’s a movie. Even if Damon is exploiting gun glorification to make millions of dollars, it’s entertainment.

Is actor Tobin Bell of the “Saw” horror-movie franchise a hypocrite because he doesn’t high-five serial killers in real life? Is the heavy metal band Slayer a phony for not attending Satanic church services every Sunday?

Either way, it’s a good excuse for the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance to get some fresh air and pack some very public heat. I don’t suppose they’ll feel compelled to emphasize the “concealed” part of Idaho’s new permit-free concealed firearm law?

I just hope these good citizens have more fun than the crew protesting the El Korah Shrine Circus outside CenturyLink Arena last month. I realize that animal cruelty is depressing, but those folks looked more bored than the lions inside.