Stricter Gun Control Policies During The Mass Killing Of 35 People At Port Arthur

835 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1996 the mass killing of 35 people at Port Arthur led to Australia’s government deciding to induce radical changes in gun control. The result of this decision was to implement the strictest firearm control polices the country had ever seen, and to remove nearly all guns from civilian hands. Australia implemented a buy back policy in which all firearms were demanded to be turned into the police and citizens would be reimbursed. In total 643,726 firearms were turned in by Australian citizens which were subsequently destroyed by police forces. After the forced turn-in of all firearms strict polices were induced in order to control those who still had weapons. These policies included a mandatory 28 day waiting period for all firearm applications, and a requirement that all firearms issued came directly from the government. Also a genuine reason, which excluded the reasoning of simple self defense, was required to even submit an application to own a gun. The overall purpose of this article is to research whether or not these extremely strict gun-control policies were effective in reducing homicide and suicide rates in Australia. The seemingly easiest and most effective way to determine if homicide/suicide rates decreased post gun-control act would be to look at the numbers. If a graph that shows numbers from firearm related suicides are down, then it can safely be assumed that the policy worked. This is incorrect, there are large number of factors beyond the simple…

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