How are we doing ATS friends
With the gun grabbing and attacks on the 2nd Amendment occurring currently with my fellow American ATS'ers I thought I'd let you guys know some fun
facts about guns and gun ownership in Australia. Just so you American's don't get all the attention
I'll start with the law regarding gun ownership in Australia, the mass murder that caused the gun buyback and ban and how gun levels are currently
back to the level pre mass murder incident.
Firstly, In Australia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law. Also unlike the 2nd Amendment in the US of A we have no
constitution allowing it as such. Probably because our history was colonial, not founded on war but founded on invasion after the British needed a new
place to send convicts following the American Revolutionary War (well done by the way)
The legislation regarding guns and gun ownership in Australia I would say is more complex than the USA even with the extra controls coming into play
which I don't necessarily agree with. Anybody interested in an in depth analysis of Australia's gun laws, and I MEAN IN DEPTH, you can have a peruse
here at the ACT (Australian Capital Territories, where our capital Canberra is) Firearms Act of 1996 effective 12 December 2011 can see it
here.ACT Firearm Act
Its 300 pages of text so only for those who may wish to view it, I know most won't but hey its there anyways!
Another page here summarizes the laws a bit more simpler. Guns in Australia
Port Arthur Massacre 1996
On 28 April 1996 Martin Bryant murdered 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania: he injured 18 more. The Howard Coalition government acted swiftly,
other political parties cooperated and the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) came about. Soon improved gun laws existed throughout Australia. The
inventory of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns was greatly reduced, gun registration was made universal, an improved licensing system was introduced
and gun storage demands improved.
I distinctly remember this time period because my father now deceased used to collect BB guns and owned a Winchester lever action 22 caliber. All of
the BB guns had to be turned in because of their resemblance to Berretta pistols and the Rifle had to be stored in a hefty lock box, secured with
ammunition and the rest of the goodies. (You'll be pleased to know, we still have the weapon, stored securely, cleaned regularly, with 1000 rounds of
.22 Caliber Hollow Point Ammunition, don't ask me why Dad kept so many hollow points)
I'm not sure why Dad had so many guns, but we kept Ol Winny for sentimental value really. Moving on...
The buyback, post Port Arthur Massacre
Since the 1997 gun buyback, your chance of being a victim of gun violence has more than halved. Yet as this newspaper pointed out on Monday, the
number of guns in Australia has increased by nearly one-fifth over the same period.
The simplest answer is that Australia's population is a fifth larger than it was in 1997. In reality, Australia has about as many guns per person as
it did after the gun buyback. The only way you can conclude that the gun buyback has been undone is if to ignore a decade and a half of population
To understand the policy success of the National Firearms Agreement, it's important to recognise precisely what happened. Alongside the gun
buyback, what had been a patchwork of state and territory regulations were strengthened and harmonised. Self-loading rifles, self-loading shotguns and
pump-action shotguns were banned. Firearm owners were required to obtain licences and register their
Now I don't think the dispute is that some form of gun control isn't a bad idea. Even those who embrace the 2nd Amendment wouldn't want even a
simple .38 to get into the hands of some whack job. For the US, maybe the laws were fine as it is. Maybe the Forefathers DID NOT envisage AR-15's,
scopes, .50 Caliber Sniper rifles or the array of powerful weaponry now available BUT, it seems it wasn't the point. The point was to keep who was in
power on there toes because at any time, with enough support, the citizenry could deem you a threat and remove you. Not a bad idea.
For Australia, lacking such a gun culture this was not the issue. A knee jerk reaction to sate public opinion that something was being done is my
interpretation of the action taken by our government.
Since then however, gun ownership is back to its original numbers, perhaps higher but as the graph shows the population has increased but it was
always going to, this isn't my point.
The point is that Australians who wanted guns, imported them as we do most because we don't have any gun manufacturers here with much if any
recognition. Most of our weapons would probably be imported from the US or Europe. The fact remains, people wanted more guns and they got them.
Still it seems, opinions are split but apparently the risk of being shot in Australia has been cut by half.
Estimates suggest there were 3.2
million firearms in Australia at the time of the Tasmanian tragedy, in which 35 people were killed and 23 injured.
Philip Alpers, an adjunct associate professor at the university's school of public health, said only time would tell what impact the restocking would
''Australia's public health effort to reduce the risk of gun violence led the world,'' he said. ''After melting down a million guns, the risk
of an Australian dying by gunshot fell by more than half. Plus, we've seen no mass shootings in 16 years,'' Professor Alpers
Its a different kettle of fish in Australia but it seems profoundly strange that so many massacres whether with you my American friends, Sandy Hook or
Aurora have reports of a second gunman or suspect circumstances like we did in Port Arthur. It was massive news by the way and the biggest rampage in
It could well have been a false flag attack to rush in Draconian gun laws. Found this picture below which is interesting...
The image is a bit tongue in cheek but I can confirm the information about the 20 headshots. Not bad for a guy who admitted he wasn't a good shot.
Seems very suspect and perhaps this is just another part of the saga of concocted civilian massacres to usher in new laws which hit good folks hard
like my Dad, a legitimate weapons enthusiast and the general public. It's extremely difficult to obtain guns legally now, even with no convictions,
police clearance etc.
If it was a ff attack, my conspiratorial side wonders if the USG "assisted".