Permalite, Australia has 18M people back then. 18M v 323M. It's common sense that it's nowhere near the same. Australia is massive landwise but the majority of people are concentrated in the capital cities or around them.
My name isn't "Permalite" it is "Pemalite".
Population is irrellevant.
The fact is... The USA went from 1 gun for every 2 people 50 years ago... To an almost 1:1 ratio of guns to people today. That's right, there are roughly 300 million guns.
Guess what? Gun violence hasn't reduced. It has increased, that is a fact.
Massacres are becoming more coming, they are becoming more severe and they are becoming "normal". I.E. Orlando shooting.
So you might as well deal with it if you aren't willing to make a change.
And the government only had about 1M that were surrendered or bought back. Imagine trying to buy back 200M guns.
I am only hearing excuses, not solutions.
The amount of guns is again... Irrelevant. I will rehash it again...
Gun control is not an overnight thing. The USA has orders of magnitude more resources, security and so on than Australia.
And we know that criminals can get guns in Australia - we've seen it multiple times over the past years.
Correct. But I think you are missing the entire point of gun control.
It is *extremely* difficult to get guns in Australia and often not worth the bother.
The results speaks for themselves, Australia hasn't had a massacre in decades.
The USA? Seems like an extremely common occurance now, you might as well get used to it, it's a part of everyday life.
And for the record - the surrendering of the firearms in australia wasn't voluntary - the government spent around $500M to buy back 660,000 guns.
Not sure how old you are or if you were around during that point, but I certainly was. They most certainly were voluntary to start with as we had a sawn off shotgun in the shed.
We did actually surrender the gun during the second wave of buybacks.
This year the Government also opened up outlets to surrender firearms for destruction... Which just proves the point. It is not an overnight solution, Gun control is a long term process.
Get started on it now and benefit decades later.