Should there be stricter gun bans?
Handguns are the cause of so many deaths amongst the people of the world today. In the past few months there have been so many awful tragedies due to the access we all have to guns. The repercussions of gun violence make up 50 percent of today’s disasters claiming lives ranging from babies to adults and even elderly. The government needs to make guns less accessible, and the law along with the law enforcement need to really enforce the laws they make. This is a very serious issue we must tackle globally, and not just in Australia. The school massacre in Connecticut caps off a year of killings in the US with men having committed 16 mass shootings in locations including health spas, a night club, a high school, a hospital, a funeral home, a university, a coffee shop, a soccer field, a cinema, a shopping mall and a primary school! Politicians say that the victims are in our thoughts and prayers, but what can be done to prevent such horrors in the future? I believe that too many lethal weapons are available to too many people. Most US states have no owner licensing or gun registration, no requirement to provide a good reason to own a gun, no ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and no limit on the number of guns a person can own. Thanks to the reforms to our gun laws after the 1996 gun massacre in Tasmania, Australia has all of the above. It took Australia thirty five deaths to put bans on the use of guns, which had a huge success as the number of gun deaths have dropped by half and there hasn’t been a massacre since 1996. Every year this law saved 200 lives and 500 million dollars. Commentators in the US say they have come to see the mass killings as an inevitable feature of the American way of life, which means they know it’s going to happen again and again. But as mentioned above Australia’s experience shows that it doesn’t have to be that way. This doesn’t mean Australia is perfect though, as there are always flaws....
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