This frequent reference to Australia gets old - as if living in Australia is great because they solved their gun violence problem through "common sense" gun laws. They did nothing of the sort. Australia had a gun "buy back" program back in 1996 after Port Arthur. Sounds innocent doesn't it? We have gun "but back" programs in the USA - and they're proven to not work
But Australia confiscated guns - it was mandatory. Door-to-Door confiscation. Do you think that would work in the USA? Are you suggesting something like that be instituted in the USA? Australia confiscated between 650,000 and 1,000,000 guns. In the USA we have approximately 310,000,000 guns. A third to one half of the citizens of the USA own guns. How do you take 60 to 105 million firearms from over 100 million Americans? You don't.
The Australia gun confiscation program would never work in the USA. After Sandy Hook, New York and Connecticut imposed laws on magazine capacity and required registration of certain firearms. Hundreds of thousands of owners of this hardware refused registration (and those states are packed with liberals). Forget about using Australia's mandatory gun confiscation law here in the USA - won't work.
You'd have a CIVIL WAR on your hands if the elected officials in the USA decided to try to confiscate firearms from all the citizens. Last time that was tried (1776) we had a Revolution. We have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution guaranteeing no infringement on our God-given right to own a firearm (among many other rights).
And this should help the reader understand why gun registration laws are also a no-start in the USA. Registration... sounds innocent doesn't it? Registration is the first step in confiscation. The government cannot confiscate until they know who has what. There is no registration in the USA so confiscation is nearly impossible. But with registration comes the information needed to confiscate.
How about background checks for all gun purchases and transfers? Sounds like one of those "common sense" gun laws we all should embrace? Sorry, that innocent sounding procedure would immediately result in a list of transactions which is another way of saying registration. And we know were registration leads.
How about enforcing the law?!? The Brady Bill mandated background checks on gun purchases from firearm dealers. And the Brady Campaign proudly states that their legislation has stopped 2.5 million purchases. Great - but where are the 2.5 million arrests? It's against the law to attempt to purchase a firearm if you're forbidden from doing so. Enforce the law! That's one of the problems. 20,000 gun laws on the books and they want more gun laws. Gang banger has 2 or 3 felony convictions and he's out on the street committing gun crime. That has to stop if we ever wish to reduce gun crime.
And you still aren't taking guns away from the criminals!
In fact by disarming the law-abiding citizen you're making it easier for the criminals which explains the next sentence (which to most should not be a surprise) -
Gun crime in Australia
has not changed since the mandatory confiscation of guns in 1996. Same with Britain
The solution is not fewer guns - it's more guns in the hands of good guys along with some method of addressing mental illness. And a return to family values and children raised to respect life but that's asking for too much, or so we're told.
The progressive/liberal mindset screams "do something, anything because then I'll feel better". The critical mindset calmly states: "this is a difficult problem that took a long time to develop. Accept reality and adapt
Many countries in the world
have a problem with mass shootings. And most have restrictive gun laws.
Laws don't apply to criminals!