The Truth About Australian Gun Control
The Truth About Australian Gun Control by Matt Palumbo via Bongino
TDC Note – Well, isn’t that something!
As a reminder
Following the recent mass shooting at Thousand Creeks that killed twelve people, Australia has been cited as a model for gun control once again by the media as a way to end mass public shootings. After a mass public shooting in Australia known as the “Port Arthur Massacre,” their government introduced a mandatory buyback program which forced gun owners to sell certain firearms (mainly semi-automatic rifles and pump action shotguns) to the state, who promptly destroyed them. This program, the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), resulted in the stock of civilian firearms in the country being reduced by approximately 15-20% (though many pundits give the impression that all guns in Australia were banned). There are actually more guns total in Australia today than before the gun buyback scheme, albeit fewer on a per capita basis.
Gun Control in Australia is saving lives:
2011 Harvard review: Australia’s firearm homicide rate dropped by about 42% in the 7 years after the law passed (incl mandatory buyback of newly illegal guns). Suicides by firearms fell by 75%.#marchforourlives #guncontrolnow #vote dem https://t.co/7p53hCXyDv
— Kris (@dreammapper) November 12, 2018
In 1996 this man killed 35 people in Australia
We introduced #guncontrol
Mass shootings since:
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) November 8, 2018
Right off the bat, it must be pointed out that nothing implemented by Australia’s ambitious gun control measures could’ve prevented the Thousand Creeks shooting, as it was carried out with a handgun (which are not banned in Australia).
In fact, in America, 60% of mass public shootings are carried out solely with handguns (while only 10% are committed solely with rifles). Contrary to what some in the media seem to imply, mass public shootings don’t exist only because of the existence of “assault rifles.”