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Gun control legislation in Australia has not the results they expected

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Gun control legislation in Australia has not had the results they expected. The Port Arthur Port Arthur massacre in 1996 transformed gun control legislation in Australia. A gunman opened fire on shop owners and tourist with two semi-automatic rifles and 35 people were killed and 23 wounded.

US liberals just hours after the Las Vegas massacre began their predictable response calling for gun control measures. Former Vice President (thank God for him being former) Joe Biden tweeted “How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.” Make no mistake about it when liberals/Socialist say gun control what they want is complete confiscation Australian style.

Has gun control legislation been effective in Australia? It is highly debatable. After the 1996 confiscation of firearms suicide by firearms went down. But overall suicide numbers did not decrease. In regard to homicides see the details below. Overall homicides went down but they had been going down for 15 years prior to 1996.

University of Melbourne researchers Wang-Sheng Lee and Sandy Suardi concluded their 2008 report on the matter (firearm homicides)with the statement, “There is little evidence to suggest that [the Australian mandatory gun-buyback program] had any significant effects on firearm homicides.” “Although gun buybacks appear to be a logical and sensible policy that helps to placate the public’s fears,” the reported continued, “the evidence so far suggests that in the Australian context, the high expenditure incurred to fund the 1996 gun buyback has not translated into any tangible reductions in terms of firearm deaths.”

gun control legislationA 2007 report, “Gun Laws and Sudden Death: Did the Australian Firearms Legislation of 1996 Make a Difference?” by Jeanine Baker and Samara McPhedran similarly concluded that the buyback program did not have a significant long-term effect on the Australian homicide rate.

The Australian gun buyback cost taxpayers over 500 million dollars and there is no significant evidence that it resulted in the decline of homicides. Gun control legislation has not worked anywhere it has been tried because there is no Government program to end evil.

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