'F*cking embarrassment': Conservatives furious after Luke Skywalker actor supports gun control
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Actor Mark Hamill got a lesson in right-wing fragility when he spoke out in favor of gun control in the wake of the murder of two TV journalists in Virginia on Wednesday.


Hamill was referring to sweeping gun-safety laws that went into effect in Australia after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, in which one man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 35 people and injured dozens more in a single killing spree.

In the wake of that incident, the Australian government enacted the National Firearms Agreement, making automatic and semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns illegal.

A national gun buy-back program netted more than 640,000 weapons.

Since then, shooting deaths in the country have plummeted. Nonetheless, U.S. gun advocates see the Australian program as anathema and refuse to think of it as anything other than a tyrannical government's means of seizing absolute control over the populace.

An Australian Twitter user seconded Hamill's sentiments.

American right-wingers were not amused.

"OK Luke, we’ll play," wrote the Twitchy.com staff, apparently losing once again their grip on the difference between reality and what they saw in a movie. "How, exactly, will this get done? Enlighten us, please."

Some conservative tweeters think the gun violence problem is already taking care of itself.

Others argued that Hamill is a turncoat because the character Luke Skywalker used a gun in his fight against the Empire.

Others pulled out the old "love it or leave it" trope.

And still others said that Hamill was out of his depth.