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Gun Laws in Australia Is the Way the United States Should Go.
"We have an opportunity in this country not to go down the American path."
Those were the words of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard before he radically changed Australia's gun laws. I personally think and believe his leadership on this issue after the Port Arthur massacre did help rid the country of gun violence on a large scale.
The big question is, could the solution that our Australian Prime Minister used at the time work and help solve the high murder rates in the USA from Pistols?
Yes, as an Australian citizen this would defiantly help the people of United States.
The only big hurdle that I think needs to be solved, now I'm talking big here ,is certain parts of the United States Second Amendment right to bear arms!
Australia did only take two weeks to change the laws on gun control. So massive amounts of work need to done to convince congress to past new motions for the second Amendment.
Most of the United States Federal gun laws have been change by acts, but they really are not effective enough to enhance safer gun control.
Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004)
But the law expired in 2004,why?
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993): Requires background checks on most firearm purchasers, depending on seller and venue.But dealers don't need to keep the background check for more than 24 hours, again why?
I found a list of most of the United States Federal gun Acts that have been put in place over the years;
- National Firearms Act ("NFA") (1934): Taxes the manufacture and transfer of, and mandates the registration of Title II weapons such as machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, heavy weapons, explosive ordnance,silencers, and disguised or improvised firearms.
- Federal Firearms Act of 1938 ("FFA"): Requires that gun manufacturers, importers, and persons in the business of selling firearms have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Prohibits the transfer of firearms to certain classes of persons, such as convicted felons.
- Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (1968): Prohibited interstate trade in handguns, increased the minimum age to 21 for buying handguns.
- Gun Control Act of 1968 ("GCA"): Focuses primarily on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.
- Firearm Owners Protection Act ("FOPA") (1986): Revised and partially repealed the Gun Control Act of 1968. Prohibited the sale to civilians of automatic firearms manufactured after the date of the law's passage. Required ATF approval of transfers of automatic firearms.
- Undetectable Firearms Act (1988): Effectively criminalizes, with a few exceptions, the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of firearms with less than 3.7 oz of metal content.
- Gun-Free School Zones Act (1990): Prohibits unauthorized individuals from knowingly possessing a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
- Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993): Requires background checks on most firearm purchasers, depending on seller and venue.
- Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004): Banned semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. The law expired in 2004.
- Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005): Prevent firearms manufacturers and licensed dealers from being held liable for negligence when crimes have been committed with their products.
Have a hard think about this!
The day Australia decided to change it's law for gun tighter gun control.
Thousands of guns handed in!
How can we change a culture of gun ownership in the United States?
I really do think people power can still work today. In today's fast past society with so many people been so obsessed with their smart phone, Facebook, twitter etc., do people really care enough to write to their politicians to explain why and how they want to change the second amendment. How are the citizens of United States ever going to convince the majority in congress to vote yes. I personal think Marketing is the only solution. Look at Coke Cola, this Company is recognized all over the world ! So the only way is to have one body overseeing every undertaking so it can apply political pressure so congress can agree on change.
Just one non political movement needs to jump on board, and then people power will do the rest. Votes are determine on how popular trends are fairing. .So if society can make a large enough change,slowly the will of the people will win,the will to win.
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The situation at the moment!
Obama concluded his announcement with a long term call for political action.
"If we love our kids and care about their prospects, and if we love this country and care about its future, then we can find the courage to vote, we can find the courage to get mobilized and organized," he said. "We can find the courage to cut through all the noise and do what a sensible country would do. That's what we're doing today, and tomorrow we should do more, and we should do more the day after that."
Should the USA follow Australia laws for gun control ?
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