Many, many more people have died in Australia of gun violence in the intervening years, than had died in that one horrific incident. Criminals still have access to various kinds of small arms, because they are, well, criminals.
And in using guns against unarmed civilians, the aspect of bullying and arrogant domination is greatly magnified. It takes a certain amount of mental disorder to even express that motive openly, and even greater to fire a weapon at a person already apparently pretty defenseless.
Most powerful deterrent to this improper use of sidearms? Mandatory sentencing to the maximum practical for the use of ANY weapon by the perpetrator in an assault. One exception must be made, that if it may be demonstrated and proven that when such an assault took place, the weapon was used as a defense by the victim. Successfully.
Self-defense that ends in the death or serious incapacitation of the assailant should NEVER be considered to be a crime in the eyes of the law. It should not be that hard, in most instances, to determine if the person who fired the weapon that resulted in death was the perpetrator or the victim.
The United States, unlike Australia, still has the words of the Second Amendment of the Constitution as our assurance and guarantee that arms will not be seized from citizens on the mere passage of a law. What part of “..the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” does ANYBODY not understand?
The right to keep and bear arms is the mark of a free citizen. History has demonstrated this over and over.
I’m always reading stories from England about someone going to prison for defending themselves, even in their own home. Wasn’t some rancher here in U.S. sued for defending his property aginst illegal aliens?
>>Self-defense that ends in the death or serious incapacitation of the assailant should NEVER be considered to be a crime in the eyes of the law. It should not be that hard, in most instances, to determine if the person who fired the weapon that resulted in death was the perpetrator or the victim.<<
BS! Knock on my door, I say,”Who is it?” You say, “Your neighbor from down the street, Fred” I say, “Come in”. Fred comes in and tries to hand me the garden knife that I left on the front porch.
How do you prove I murdered Fred? After all he was found on the floor with two holes in his head and a knife in his hands.
“Most powerful deterrent to this improper use of sidearms? Mandatory sentencing”
Sure, that idea sounds great on paper but in reality it hasn’t worked. Look at the states with mandatory sentencing and you’ll see this.