Gun Control In Australia Research Paper
Ms. H. Bodanis
Effectiveness of Gun Control:
From Australia to the United States of America
On April 28th, 1996, Martin Bryant entered the Broad Arrow café, in Port Arthur, ate a meal and slaughtered 12 people. Port Arthur is a former penal colony on the southeast coast of Tasmania. He committed this atrocity with a semi-automatic rifle. He then left the café and continued through a gift shop, parking lot and finally to a gas station killing 22 more innocent civilians. He fled and was only captured the following morning. During the night he killed a hostage. In all, 35 people were murdered and 18 seriously wounded. What the Australian government did in response has been the main reason as to why this …show more content…
What differentiates Australia from the USA are the actions taken by Prime Minister John Howard. The majority of Australians supported this legislation, but there was much resistance from the Queensland province. Queensland is historically a consistent conservative province, along with most rural areas, and the leaders of these provinces were forced into a position in which no leader wants to be. By voting in favor of gun control legislation, against their supporters, these leaders were never re-elected. Committing what has been coined as political suicide. Why has Australia been able to, within a 3-month period, implement a gun control program and prevent mass shootings from ever reoccurring. Not one shooting has occurred in 20 years, following 13 mass shootings of, 4 causalities or more, in 18 …show more content…
Hawke’s government, some 20 years ago. proposed very similar legislation to curb the effects of gun violence. Although not all propositions are identical, they all contribute to the overarching goal of diminishing the illegal activity and suicides given power by firearms. We now have a nation with the highest rate of firearms per 100 people, the second highest homicide rate by firearms, following behind Iraq. They also have the highest suicide rate by firearm with 7.2 per 100 000 people. American are actually more likely to be killed by firearm than a Canadian is to die in a car accident. All of these statistics were greatly diminished within Australia by enacting the regulations imposed by Hawke’s administration.
As demonstrated above America is a very similar country with an as similar issue, only magnified. If the American government were to enact legislation that parallels the Australian reform the results could then rival that of the