Following a mass shooting that claimed some 35 lives in Australia back in 1996, Australia’s government had passed a piece of legislature that made fast-firing long guns and all shotguns illegal, their future possession punished by tough penalties.
Prime Minister John Howard, the statesman ultimately responsible for the legisalature change in the Land Down Under, also made gun licensing so strict that not just everybody oculd own a firearm; only those with a legitimate, defined reason for gun ownership outside of personal protection could actually own a firearm.
Another governmental shockwave that changed Australia’s gun ownership climate was a wide-scale firearm buyback, paying the country’s residents reasonable sums for more than one million firearms of all size, shape, and make. They were all permanently destroyed, making firearms highly difficult for Australian residents, citizens, and visitors to get their hands on.
What happened? There has since been zero mass shootings, about 5 percent fewer suicides assisted by firearms, and a drop in homicides using firearms of roughly 5.5 percent, both expressed in percentage points per year.
So, What’s Recently Been Going On In Australia?
Australia’s internal defense and prevention department, the Department of Home Affairs, created a firearm and firearm accessory surrender program that was open from July to September 2017.
A whopping 57,324 firearms and 2,432 related accessories were given to the Australian government, all of which were permanently destroyed so future populations and persons couldn’t use them.
The Land Down Under’s Department of Home Affairs decided the surrender program was necessary because several terrorist attacks that were thwarted before they could be carried out were slated to involve illegal firearms. Rather than keeping them on the street for future issues to rise up in the face of what governmental policy has been proven to offer to Australian well-being, the govenrment felt such a solicitation of firearms was necessary for safety.
Firearms Still Can’t Be Ridden Off Of The Face Of Australia, Entirely
Regardless of any laws or mandates, people will always commit acts of violence towards one another, people will always engage in substance use or abuse, and people will always try their hardest to purchase firearms for self-defense purposes, to hunt wild animals, and – although it pains every human on the face of planet Earth to come to terms with – to wreak havoc against innocent, undeserving people across the globe.