Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.


That is a ton of Australian guns.
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Tuesday’s capturing in Uvalde, Texas, has already kicked off another nationwide debate about gun manage. It is well worth taking into consideration, as one particular piece of evidence about what insurance policies do and do not operate, the practical experience of Australia in the late 1990s.

Among October 1996 and September 1997, Australia responded to its very own gun violence problem with a resolution that was each straightforward and critical: It collected approximately 650,000 privately held guns. It was just one of the major necessary gun buyback applications in recent history.

And there’s first rate cause to assume it worked. That does not suggest that a thing even remotely comparable would operate in the US — they are, unnecessary to say, diverse countries — but it is worthy of at the very least on the lookout at Australia’s knowledge.

What Australia did

On April 28, 1996, a 28-yr-old gentleman with a troubled past named Martin Bryant walked into a cafe in Port Arthur, a vacationer town on the island of Tasmania, and […]


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