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Will Lessons From Down Under Stem the Undertaker Here?
Dec. 19, 2012
In the last 16 years, the risk of dying by gunshot in Australia has fallen by more than 50 percent. The national rate of gun homicide is one-thirtieth that of the United States. And there hasn't been a single mass shooting since Port Arthur.
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In Response to Re: Harvard Study – Gun Control Does Not Reduce Murder Rates:
Here are some similar conclusions about the success of the sweeping gun control legislation that was enacted with much fanfare during 1996 in Australia.
These results and similar results for the Chicago and Philadelphia gun control laws do not bode well for ardent and vocal members of the US gun control lobby.
Australia's gun control: Success or failure?
After a mass shooting in 1996, Australia enacted a sweeping package of gun restrictions far more ambitious than anything plausible here -- including a total ban on semiautomatic weapons, a mandatory gun buyback, and strict limits on who could own a firearm. John Howard, who was prime minister at the time, wrote the other day that his country "is safer today as a consequence of gun control". You would think such dramatic new restrictions were bound to help. But the striking thing is how little effect they had on gun deaths.
It's true the homicide rate fell after the law took effect -- but it had also been falling long before that. A study published by the liberal Brookings Institution noted that the decline didn't accelerate after 1996. Same for lethal accidents. Suicide didn't budge. At most, they conclude "there may" -- may -- "have been a modest effect on homicide rates."
Researchers at the University of Melbourne, however, found no such improvement as a result of the new system. "There is little evidence to suggest that it had any significant effects on firearm homicides or suicides," they wrote.
Several weeks ago we reported on a study commissioned by the White House for the CDC to perform some research on gun violence in America.
Now we have another study coming from an unlikely source.
In fact, some findings of the study even point to the opposite, that countries with high rates of private gun ownership actually have lower rates than some countries with strict gun control laws.According to the study,The study reinforces what we’ve known for a long time – violent crime rates are not related to the availability of inanimate objects, but is rather rooted in complex socio-economic and societal issues that can vary greatly from country to country and even within regions of a country. <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; text-align: left; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 29px; font-family: Georgia,;" font-size:19px;"=""> The study was done by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser, both experienced criminologists.
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