So your not here to argue about taking our freedoms (and an FYI, I'm from Hawaii, MATE!) then what was your point? Last I checked Aussies let their government take their guns on a false buy back program and their crime rates shot skyward especially home invasions. Although gun crimes may have gone down your country suffered tremendously on other forms of violence, as a whole.
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Agree, Australia's gun laws are a sham. They are un-constitutional, illegal, and don't deal with the problem of criminal gun violence.
Also, gun crime stats have gone down because a lot of the shootings don't get reported. In the Middle Eastern suburbs of Sydney, there's at least one shooting a week. But those are criminal gun crimes, using non-legal guns. So gun laws would do absolutely nothing for those crimes anyway.
Back to our gun laws though. The 'legal' gun owning representative organisations were not doing themselves any favors at the time the laws were proposed. The 'resistance' we mounted was full of anger, lots of "merrr conster-tyooshernal rerrrts!" and a whole lot of anti-Government rhetoric. Look how well that worked. It turned the public against us.
The public were concerned about gun deaths, and irresponsible people easily getting automatic weapons. The 'pro gun' crowd were not grasping the real issue - the need to reassure the public. Instead they were huffing and puffing about "their rights!".
So, Australia voted, and the public voted against gun owners. Gun owners were perceived as selfish, irresponsible, and not willing to seriously tackle the problem as they perceived it.
The massacres we had were an excuse for the Government to introduce gun laws, but the truth was they'd been on the shelf ready to go for quite a while. In country Australia, our record of preventable gun accidents was abysmal. Not sure if you have the same thing in Hawaii, but our country bogans were getting all liquored up and shooting drunk; kids were killing each other because loaded guns and ammo were lying around the house/shed/cars/tractors, and dumbshits were treating them with no respect. When I was in school, one of the farm kids shot his brother while climbing through a fence with a gun. FFS, climbing through a fence, with a gun? Basic, basic gun safety stuff.
Where I lived, the neighbour (3km away) often had people come up from the city to shoot. Every year, some city shooter would shoot a mate, someone's house, shed, their car, or some dumb shit like that. I refused to go shooting with half the lads in the district because they were stupid with guns. My high school 'graduation' party (we call them country parties) had some drunk 18yr olds doing burnouts in a V8 ute beside the B&S ball with some drunk ****tard pretending he was a rodeo rider in the back of the ute waving a shotgun. With a hall FULL OF PEOPLE right beside him.
There were a lot of really stupid gun accidents, and every month someone was presenting in hospital with gun related injuries. Irresponsible gun owners were making a really strong case for the Government to regulate guns.
Gun owners, and owners organisations in Australia, needed to move quickly to address the problems of public perception around gun safety, etc. Instead we raged about our rights, the Government as an evil tyranny, and there was a lot of anger. We did not implement any form of voluntary measures to reassure the public.
We could have launched courses for people who wanted to be gun owners. Gun dealers could have had first time owner courses, where anyone who bought a gun for the first time was trained for a nominal fee. We could have introduced all kinds of feel-good PR
that would have made Government regulation seem unnecessary. But we didn't.
We didn't, because most gun owners I knew in the Country were ****ing idiots who didn't care about anything except getting drunk and in-breeding. Lots of arrogant noises were made, and this reinforced the public's decision to vote for us to be restricted.
I'm seeing the same mistakes made in the US, in the current gun debates. I'm not sure what the solution is; that's up to Americans to figure out. But the solution sure as hell is not Government regulation.