Advocates of gun control have been vocal about overhauling America’s laws on the matter, and unsurprisingly they have been getting a lot of criticism.
In the wake of the Vegas mass shooting — America’s most violent mass shootings in history — attention has turned to other countries that have managed to change their gun laws.
While passing even minor gun control laws seems impossible in the US, Australia was able to in the past.
In 1996, a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 more in Tasmania, one of Australia’s states.
Then Australia launched the National Firearms Agreement.
The policy completely banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns. People could still buy guns, if they were sold by licensed sellers, individually registered, and the purchaser had a “genuine reason” for owning — which could not include self-defense.
Buyers also had to take a safety course.
To fully impose the new firearms agreement – Australia had to get rid of the guns citizens already owned. So it bought back those guns at a fair price.
There were 13 mass shootings in Australia in the 18 years before 1996. There have been none since then.
Reactions to America’s gun laws
Here is Australian comedian Jim Jefferies’ reaction to America’s gun laws.
Here’s John Oliver’s take on Australia’s experience with overhauling gun laws.
Here’s what Cracked have to say.
What do you think? Is Australia’s experience with gun laws relevant to America?