In President Obama’s Speech on October 1st, the speech where he told the media how they should politicize the tragedy in Oregon to help push gun control efforts, Obama went far beyond talking about gun control legislation and started talking about gun bans and confiscation programs.
In his speech, the President claimed we are the only country where these mass shootings happen, and talked about how America should consider following the path set forth by Australia and Great Britain. I guess he missed the news earlier this year about the mass-shootings in Paris, where Islamic Extremists shot dozens of people over drawing cartoon images of Mohammed.
“We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings,” the president said. “Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”
President Obama has hailed the 1996 Australian gun ban in the past, and is yet again using it as the cornerstone of what he believes should be policy here in the U.S..
So what are these Australian style gun control policies that President Obama wants to enact here in the U.S.? The Australian legislation was a gun-confiscation program, pushed through the Australian parliament just twelve days after a man with a history of violent and erratic behavior killed 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle.
In 1996, Australia approved the National Firearms Agreement following a mass killing known as the Port Arthur massacre, where a sicko killed 35 people and injured another 24. The legislation led to severe restrictions on firearms including a program that took 700,000 guns from Australian citizens and banned most semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns. The program also made it illegal to own a firearm for “self-defense” purposes.
While politicians like Obama love to cite Australia as some gun-control utopia where everyone skips around holding hands because violence has been eliminated, the truth is Australian style gun bans don’t work. Only hours after Obama praised the Australian gun ban, a terrorist walked into a police station and open fire, killing two people and then firing multiple rounds at police inside the building.
According to a 2008 report by the University of Melbourne, a study that analyzed firearms deaths for a period of 100-years in Australia, researchers found the gun ban had no significant effects on firearm homicides and suicides. In fact, Australia and England, which have virtually banned guns, have the highest rates of robbery, sexual assault, and assault with force of the top 17 industrialized countries.
Here are the numbers three years into Australia’s gun ban:
But let’s look at the numbers in the U.S., after all that’s what Obama demanded the media do right; spread his propaganda? But instead of showing you a bunch of made up numbers, meant to convince you that guns are the problem not terrorism, let’s look at the real numbers.
I’ve talked about these numbers many times, and have written more in depth articles on them in the past: The Truth About Guns and Should you buy a firearm? The Pros & Cons of Gun Ownership.
According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Center for Disease Control, more people are killed in non-firearm homicides every year than those who are killed by guns, and both of those numbers are dwarfed when compared to things like drug and smoking related deaths.
But what about those evil AR15s you always hear about?
Well, according to the F.B.I.’s own statistics, you are more likely to be killed by someone’s “hands or feet” than you are to be killed by an AR15 — or any rifle for that matter. In fact, more people are killed by hammers every year than all rifle types combined.
But what about the argument that only police or trained military should be armed?
According to numbers from the Department of Justice, the average response time for a high-priority call is 11 minutes. You simply cannot count on the police to respond in time to protect you during an active shooter situation.