|Down Under gets serious
with gun control
Bryant shot and killed 20 people in the resort in less than two minutes, thanks to rapid fire available in assault weapons, hitting Moh Yee Ng as he ate his soup, followed by his girlfriend and 18 more. Then he left to try and kill as many others as possible in this small town including a woman and her two children. Sound familiar? Just another random shooting by a maniac—James Holmes in the Aurora, Colo. movie theatre killed 12, injuring 58 with an assault rifle.
|Prime Minister John Howard|
But the end of the Australia story is far different that that in the U.S. As a guideline, this country has done nothing, zilch, zip since the gun slaughters that started gaining momentum with the Columbine gun butchery in Colorado in 1999. But the conservative—yes, I said conservative—government of Prime Minister John Howard in Australia decided they had had enough. Because that country’s constitution cannot regulate firearms, they coerced the states to do it.
|Kangaroo to the rescue|
Australia is a country of 22.7 million people and the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) influence is weaker than in the U.S. Also, this group is more concerned with hunter’s rights than in this country where gun worshippers want everyone to be able to own a gun and take it anywhere they want to. What does that say about the American gun culture where these fanatics value their weapons over human life? This speaks to the fact that the U.S. has 31,347 firearm deaths each year.
There are two important factors in relation to the Australian gun control situation. First, the force behind this action wasn’t gun hating liberals like the NRA would have us think, but conservatives. Second, Howard’s stringent position on gun control not only didn’t affect him in current elections but helped him in future elections, making him the second-longest serving prime minister in Australian history. A fact that Democrats and some Republicans should take note of.
And I just uncovered another study that shows as a result of the law the firearm homicide rate fell by 59%, the firearm suicide rate dropped 65%. The research also estimated that because of the buying back of 3,500 guns per 100,000 population, there resulted a 35 to 50% decline in the homicide rate.