Here’s how it’s done, folks. The truth about the gun ban in Australia.
In 1996, there was a a mass slaughter of 35 people at an tourist area in Port Arthur, which is in Tasmania, Australia. Very soon afterward, laws in Australia were changed to be very restrictive of guns — especially assault weapons. In fact, the conservative former Prime Minister John Howard was one of the architects of the laws, and to this day, he’s still proud of it.
Guns such as semiautomatic rifles (used in Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, Newtown, etc.), as well as fully automatic guns, and shotguns with large magazines that can hold multiple rounds were largely banned.
Did it work? In a word, yes. 20 years later, there has not been a mass killing by guns in that country ever since. Experts point to the gun bans as the reason why.
But we’re not going to do that here in the Good Ol’ U.S. Of A., are we? I mean, once we heard about the carnage at an elementary school in Newtown, and once we accepted shot-up school kids as the price to pay for “freedom,” that ship sailed. Let me say that again: Newtown showed that we were OK with the rapid-fire slaughter of dozens of children. Just another day in paradise.
Not taking action after Orlando will also show that we’re OK with the mass slaughter of young LGBTQ people dancing at a nightclub meant for them, feeling safe, and planning their future lives.
So … we have another chance here. Think this country will make such a bold move? I think not — at least until all politicians stop taking money from the NRA, and the 2nd Amendment is altered to take into account more than the weapons used at the time that amendment was originally passed in the year 1791: Single-shot muskets that took a minute or more to reload.
It’s very simple.
Meanwhile, check out the honest-but-hilarious take that comedian Jeff Jeffries, who is Australian, has on this:
If you liked that, part 2 is here:
More from Jim Jeffries lives here.
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