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.
ENOUGH! Australia fixed it after Port Arthur '96-America can too. Bravo Andy Parker for your new mission! #Alison'sLegacy— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1440643467.0
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.
Please America, It's worth it. Love Australia. P.S. Listen to Luke Skywalker, He's a Jedi for goodness sake. https://t.co/CBAp5E2g28— Michael Davis (@Michael Davis)1440643873.0
American right-wingers were not amused.
It really is simple: If you are in favor of what Australia did, you are in favor of confiscating guns. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@Charles C. W. Cooke)1440635812.0
"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.
Earnest reiterates WH call for tougher gun laws: Shooting is "another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common" in U.S.— David Nakamura (@David Nakamura)1440608041.0
It’s not “becoming” anything. It’s still dropping. https://t.co/2ejImbEICw— Charles C. W. Cooke (@Charles C. W. Cooke)1440608235.0
Others argued that Hamill is a turncoat because the character Luke Skywalker used a gun in his fight against the Empire.
So how would the rebellion have defeated the empire w/o weapons, smart guy? @ArkhamKnight_01 @HamillHimself— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@(((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))))1440676013.0
Others pulled out the old "love it or leave it" trope.
@HamillHimself suggestion move 2 Australia..ur problem is solved. Leave our Constitution alone— Jae (@Jae)1440683131.0
@HamillHimself So you're moving to Australia?— Colorado RedTraci (@Colorado RedTraci)1440677404.0
And still others said that Hamill was out of his depth.
@HamillHimself Mark you are a fucking embarrassment. The last thing we have is a gun problem in this country. We have a people problem.— coolrick (@coolrick)1440686726.0