In 1996 there was a gun massacre in
Tasmania, resulting in 35 people killed, 18 wounded at a tourist resort. It was Australia Australia’s worst mass murder ever, but, as we will see, it wasn’t ignored like the recent firearm bloodbaths in the Martin Bryant walked into the Broad Arrow Café in the small coastal town of U.S. , finished his meal, then entered the main dining room with a satchel, took out an AR-15 assault rifle, and started the carnage. Port Arthur
|Down Under gets serious
with gun control
Todd Crowell in Real Clear World reports that Bryant was a schizophrenic, which indicates that mental illness entered into the equation. Another parallel with the James Holmes bloodshed where, if mental health data was shared among law enforcement agencies in the U.S. as it should be, Holmes would never have gotten a gun.
A 2008 study done in the U.S. shows that local area background checks had 27% lower rates of gun-related suicides and 22% lower rates of gun-related murders.
|Prime Minister John Howard
|Kangaroo to the rescue
The eventuality of
’s efforts in gun control resulted in “…mandatory gun licensing; registration of all firearms; an almost complete ban on all semi-automatic weapons, including pump-action shotguns. Today Australia has a .14 rate of homicides per 100,000 population compared to the U.S. at 2.97, and 15 guns per 100,000 people, the U.S. 88.8, according to The Guardian Datablog. They also raised taxes to buy back guns. Australia
My stock answer to all comments questioning the Australian gun law post.
You are quick to come up with anti-gun control facts but short on total research that proves the1996 Australian gun law worked. Perhaps I am a bit short-sighted for not spelling it out for gun fanatics with blinders.