Australians pride themselves on ‘telling it like it is’, but when it comes to gun laws, ‘straight shooting’ often takes a back seat to a determined effort at silencing debate.
In 1996, Australia passed some of the most restrictive gun laws in the western world, including bans on semi-automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns, and imposed stricter licensing and registration requirements.
In the following video, we take a look at three crucial questions surrounding the gun control debate in Australia:
- Was gun violence a problem in Australia before Port Arthur?
- Did laws introduced following result in a decrease in gun related crime?
- Is Australia a safer place due to the introduction of these laws?
After looking at the facts, it becomes very obvious the Australian experiment with gun control is nowhere near as clear cut as the gun prohibition lobby wants the world to believe:
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SOURCES AND MATERIAL
The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths (Page 23) | Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series Working Paper No. 17/08
The Australian Gun Buyback (Page 3) | Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Ten Myths About Guns in Australia | FireArmMyths.com.au
All statistics in the video have references included at the bottom and can be found via a variety of government websites and reports.