Apparently there have been no Australian mass shootings since the government passed stringent gun control laws. No guns equals no deaths from mass shootings.
A recent study published in today in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that the use of firearms for mass shootings virtually vanished from Australian soil after the ban on guns.
This occurred after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. Strict gun control laws are a necessity in a world gone wrong. Once you take away the means of killing people, there are close to nil chances of a mass shooting.
It has indeed been the Australian experience so far that getting tough on gun control leads to a safer and more secure environment. A mass shooting involves more than a couple of innocent people getting killed.
In the 18 years leading up to the violent and grisly Port Arthur Massacre, Australia saw 13 mass shootings. 104 victims ended up dying from this senseless and lawless violence.
Take the USA where over the past four years or so, there have been 1000 mass shootings, according to ABC. That is an astronomical number. The shooting in Orlando, Florida was the most recent one.
From all appearances, the Aussie experiment in controlling the sales of firearms has been a success story. It’s been two decades since John Howard brought in no-nonsense tough rules and regulations with respect to gun control.
All of the mass shootings as well as incidents of domestic violence and feuds between rival gangs simply went the way of history thanks to this crucial legislation being implemented in a decisive manner.
This ought to be a lesson for the United States where certain pressure groups continue to lobby for the legalization of the right to own firearms.
This gun culture can only foster violence and super-violence on a cultural level. When you give a deranged person the opportunity to kill without mercy, there will be havoc some time or another.
Hillary Clinton who supports gun control has also cited the Aussie experiment as a case in point. Where there is no supply, there will be less of a demand.
It is the general fear and tangle of ideology that is holding back the Americans from taking immediate steps to implement gun control laws. The senate recently rejected four proposals to institute gun control on a serious basis.
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Australians ought to thank their politicians for being so wise as to tighten the noose around the gun lobby in order to make less firearms available to every member of society.