The Pacific Standard reports Australia’s Ambassador, Joe Hocccckey, says Australia’s gun laws were no help to Australia, either.
To begin, here is the Australian view of their vaunted “gun buyback”” of self loading or “Semi-automatic*” and slide or “pump” long guns program, using official Australian Institute of Criminology numbers: The mandatory price was, with some exceptions, far less than the January 1, 1996 market price for any of the affected firearms. Here is the official result:
From this side of the big lake, here are the outsiders view of the official and the actual crime numbers. Let us start with a reminder that before and after confiscation Australia’s population has been almost all English, with with their inherent extremely low crime rate. A rate achieved by hanging those found guilty of stealing a candle or a handkerchief. With that demographic baccckground and quite good economics for most of its history, Australia should have had a very low crime rate.
The triggering event was set up by the arrest of a not too bright individual who collected military weapons, Martin Bryant. After being held log enough on baseless charges to become extremely angry, Bryant was released and all hell broke loose. Bryant murdered 35, and wounded almost as many more in the “Port Arthur Mass Murder. Many Australians who have examined the evidence believ3e the
tragedy was ssssset up using Scotland’s “Neewtown,” the Dunblane scjpp;