It has been said that after every horrific tragedy the first step people want to take is to punish the people that didn’t do it. So it has been in Australia when after a 1996 mass shooting the government went no to ban semi-automatic firearms to keep law abiding citizens from owning them.
Many farmers and people who lived in rural areas had used semi-automatic rifles all their lives and never hurt anyone. It was a part of their way of life and how they kept their families safe when the police were 30 minutes to an hour away. These were not “assault weapons” to them, but simple rifles that were NOT military grade.
John Howard, Australia’s Prime Minister at the time, said this about his decisions to ban guns:
Given our decentralized system of government, I could reduce the number of dangerous firearms only by persuading the states to enact uniform laws totally prohibiting the ownership, possession and sale of all automatic and semiautomatic weapons while the national government banned the importation of such weapons.
And after a forced gun buyback program, Australia bought and destroyed over 700,000 guns at a cost of 320M Australian dollars. So now all is safe in Australia now that no one has any dangerous weapons, right?
Ban guns from the law abiding and only the lawless will have the guns, and this has proven to be the case once again down under. News reports keep revealing that police are finding homemade automatic guns and DIY firearms that gangs are using in the streets of Sydney and other cities.
Watch video of some of the homemade firearms police recovered:
In the early part of last year police were alarmed at the number of both automatic and semi-automatic guns they were finding in the hands of gangs and criminals in Australia. After all, these guns were no legal, so how could they possibly exist on the streets?
It’s a rhetorical question which makes the point that criminals don’t obey gun laws. They don’t obey them here in the US and they don”t obey them overseas. While some good-intentioned people seek to ban all guns for the better good of society, reality shows us that disarming law abiding citizens does not protect them from the same threats the police face every day.
The video below shows some automatic firearms that police discovered and shows how lethal they can be.
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