Did gun control work in Australia?

Did gun control work in Australia?

There are 21 comments on the The Washington Post story from Aug 2, 2012, titled Did gun control work in Australia?. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

John Howard, who served as prime minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, is no one's idea of a lefty.

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“Ngali”

Since: Jun 08

Perth

#22 Aug 5, 2012
Yank Oliver wrote:
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You're using Norway as a good example??? Better read a newspaper or watch a news cast some day.
Yank Oliver wrote:
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You're using Norway as a good example??? Better read a newspaper or watch a news cast some day.
Anders Breivik - you have to admit - is an exception to the general trend.

Norway's murder rate has been relatively and consistently low since the 70s.

http://www.ssb.no/emner/03/05/nos_kriminal/no...

Despite Recent Shootings Norway is a Low-Crime Nation

Norway Has Some Of The Lowest Murder Rates In The World: In 2009, Norway had .6 intentional homicides per 100,000 people. In the same year, the United States had 5 murders per 100,000 people, meaning that the U.S. proportionally has 8 times as many homicides.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/...

In the same way Martin Bryant's massacre of 35 people in Tasmania, Australia was an aberration.

There were a number of gun related massacres in the 80s - 90s in Australia which culminated in Bryant's and the Port Arthur massacre coming just weeks after the Dunblane massacre in Scotland.

Thankfully - for us in Australia - that gave rise to a political climate in which gun control laws were reviewed and tightened - with around 85% support from the electorate.

Australia is a safer place for it.

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