Skip to comments.Australia's gun controls a political template for the U.S.
Posted on 04/03/2013 6:04:16 PM PDT by EXCH54FE
(Reuters) - Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard wore a bullet proof vest under his suit when he addressed an angry crowd of gun owners in 1996, telling them he was going to ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons for the safety of all Australians.
At other rallies, effigies of his deputy prime minister Tim Fischer were hanged by opponents of gun control.
The battle for gun control in Australia, after the country's worst massacre in which 35 people were shot dead, was risky both personally and politically. Howard alienated a large part of his conservative, rural base and was almost thrown from office.
But the gun reforms made Australia a safer place, with fewer homicides and suicides, and both Howard and Fischer are now urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take his gun control campaign to the people, just as they did, to gain a consensus.
Yet I felt there was no alternative," wrote Howard, adding he hoped his example would contribute constructively to the U.S. gun debate.
Obama wants to ban military assault rifles and high capacity ammunition clips after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. But his plans appear to be losing momentum ahead of debate in the U.S. Senate this month.
In Australia, gun owners were compensated when they handed in previously legal weapons. Almost 700,000 guns were destroyed, halving the number of homes with a gun. That would be equal to taking 40 million guns out of action in the United States.
But the reforms angered many constituents of Fischer's rural-based National Party, who vented their anger two years later at the ballot box. The pro-gun One Nation party won almost one million votes and the government narrowly avoided defeat.
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O'Donnell, a license kangaroo shooter, can only use a single shell, bolt-action rifle, limiting his ability to control mobs of kangaroos and feral pests which can wreak havoc on farms.
On a per capita basis, homicides in Australia are down by fewer % points than homicides in the US over the same period of time. Howard just doesn’t like guns, and like politicians everywhere, he feels no compunction about lying when it suits his purposes.
Well it was a American (Rebecca Peters) that wrote them.
“But the gun reforms made Australia a safer place,”
...for the government to do whatever it pleases. Governments LOVE an unarmed citizenry.
Are Mosin carbines with fire round magazine (bolt action rifle) legal there?
I ain’t never read Australia’s Constitution, and I really don’t care what the hell it says.
I know what my Constitution says, and it ain’t got nothing to do with shooting kangaroos.
Make that FIVE round box/non-detavchable magazines.
But..but...but I thought Barry wanted America to be like Europe or Kenya or Pyongyang or Havana...
Right - and gun crime and home invasions escalated when the ban took place. Seems only those law abiding citizens complied.
this article shows why practicing head shots is beneficial.
Howard’s predecessor, Paul Keating, has this habit of calling his political adversaries scumbags. In regard to Australian gun control, I’d have to say John Howard is a real scumbag.
Australia does not have a Constitution with a 2nd Ammendment. Try that carpola here and the Dogs of Hell will be loosed.
Howard alienated a large part of his conservative, rural base and was almost thrown from office.
This is what the gun-haters will push. In fact they want more controls than exist in Australia.
Just half the story ...
How about ALL the facts? http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/Australia/United-States/Crime
Like, 100% more violent crime? 150% higher Rape?
Australia isn’t America. They don’t have millions of illegals flooding their country and economy. They don’t have the terrible legacy of black slavery and its segregation/miseducation and welfare plantation addiction.
They don’t have the Russia, Italian, Mexican mafias.
They dont’ have 10,000 members of gangs in one city (LA). They don’t have the Crips and the Bloods, MS 13, MS 18, etc.
They don’t have the forests and plains (on the scale that we do), etc in which legal hunting takes place.
The don’t have violent ghettoes like we do (call them what you will, but many such areas are still ghettoes, trapping the criminals and their victims in a specific geographic area).
They don’t have political corruption on the scale that we do in which politicians are part of the drug problem, as are a small number of law enforcement agents.
They don’t have “Fast and Furious” supplying foreign drug traffickers and killers.
Australia’s Left is more communist than it is Social Democrat, and is just a cloned version of England’s marxist Left.
What Australia does have is a tradition of incredibly brave soldiers who fight for their country, and who I hope will one day rid the country of these out-of-their-minds marxists before there is nothing left of personal freedom.
We are suffering from that now under Comrade Obama and his marxist minions. I don’t want our allies in Australia to suffer the same nation-destroying disease that is creeping marxism.
The Aussies were magnificent in WW2 and Vietnam. They may be the last great hope of freedom ‘down under’.
Umm DUmmie Rooters, that would closer to 200,000,000 'guns out of action.'
Well said, MadMax!
****In Australia, gun owners were compensated when they handed in previously legal weapons. Almost 700,000 guns were destroyed,****
The Australians had no fear of private owned weapons when there was half a million Japs posed to invade them.
How soon they forget.
Australia is not faced with a history of slavery or large victim industry.
Nor does it have the US Constitution.