black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

             

In 1996, a “pathetic social misfit,” as a judge described the lone gunman, killed 35 people with a spray of bullets from semiautomatic weapons. Within weeks, the Australian government was working on gun reform laws that banned assault weapons and shotguns, tightened licensing and financed gun amnesty and buyback programs.

At the time, the prime minister, John Howard, said, “We do not want the American disease imported into Australia.” The laws have worked. The American Journal of Law and Economics reported in 2010 that firearm homicides in Australia dropped 59 percent between 1995 and 2006. In the 18 years before the 1996 laws, there were 13 gun massacres resulting in 102 deaths, according to Harvard researchers, with none in that category since.

Similarly, after 16 children and their teacher were killed by a gunman in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996, the British government banned all private ownership of automatic weapons and virtually all handguns. Those changes gave Britain some of the toughest gun control laws in the developed world on top of already strict rules. Hours of exhaustive paperwork are required if anyone wants to own even a shotgun or rifle for hunting. The result has been a decline in murders involving firearms.

In Japan, which has very strict laws, only 11 people killed with guns in 2008, compared with 12,000 deaths by firearms that year in the United States — a huge disparity even accounting for the difference in population. As Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed on Monday while ratcheting up his national antigun campaign, “We are the only industrialized country that has this problem. In the whole world, the only one.”

The Gun Challenge - Strict Laws Work

/ Show
  1. tarawrz reblogged this from kateoplis
  2. hungry-and-nocturnal reblogged this from kateoplis
  3. iamjazmine reblogged this from kateoplis
  4. meganmariejane reblogged this from kateoplis
  5. cnaviana reblogged this from michaelamacchia
  6. sevensneakyfoxes reblogged this from manzanasverdes
  7. savannahsmilesandsings reblogged this from do-what-queens-do
  8. v-n-ss reblogged this from kateoplis
  9. goatgoatgoat reblogged this from kateoplis
  10. appelsiinimehu reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    The Gun Challenge - Strict Laws Work. nytimes.
  11. jvdbooks reblogged this from kateoplis
  12. cchilichann reblogged this from kateoplis
  13. mouthyashell reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    I know this post will be very unpopular with my brother and my dad (with whom I’ve promised to go to the shooting range...
  14. do-what-queens-do reblogged this from thousandhours
  15. infectioushuman-waste reblogged this from kateoplis
  16. luvandlashes reblogged this from kateoplis
  17. laugh-with-me14 reblogged this from kateoplis
  18. bolinaosunset reblogged this from kateoplis
  19. design-love reblogged this from kateoplis
  20. manzanasverdes reblogged this from kateoplis
  21. cmoetamedi reblogged this from kateoplis
  22. penguinsayswhat reblogged this from kateoplis
blog comments powered by Disqus
©2011 Kateoplis