On principle, I'm against most bans. Bans are a way to artificially modify normal behaviour. I don't believe in banning recreational drugs, smoking, religious practices, political groups, incandescent light bulbs or the novels of J. D. Salinger.Rick
I bet your against the gun ban too (and keep in mind I'm a gun owner):
In Australia, gun owners were compensated when they handed in previously legal weapons. Almost 700,000 guns were destroyed, halving the number of homes with a gun. That would be equal to taking 40 million guns out of action in the United States.
But the reforms angered many constituents of Fischer's rural-based National Party, who vented their anger two years later at the ballot box. The pro-gun One Nation party won almost one million votes and the government narrowly avoided defeat.
Australia had 13 gun massacres in the 18 years before the 1996 gun reforms, but has not suffered any mass shootings since.
Studies found a marked drop in gun-related homicides, down 59 percent, and a dramatic 65 percent drop in the rate of gun-related suicides, in the 10 years after the weapons crackdown.
That being said, we don't have a gun ban in Australia despite what you might have read in Reuters. In 1997 Australia instituted UK-style firearms categories and associated regulations for licensing.
Anyone who legally owned a firearm prior to that was free to keep that firearms on condition they did the paperwork and paid the fees to comply with the category (more often than not, regulations are a great source of additional revenue for states). Some categories, such as semi-automatic centrefire rifles and shotguns, are reserved for security professionals, professional hunters and outback guides
I myself legally own several rifles, handguns and shotguns in Australia for both hunting and target shooting. My mum calls my collection an arsenal.
Australia has a year-round hunting season for some game species - despite the best efforts of people who believe 'Bambi' is a documentary. Gun shops in Australia (there are 10 in my local vicinity) do a brisk business.
Yes, mass shootings have decreased (not surprising in a country nearly as large in area as the US with only 20 million people) but gun violence is currently higher than pre-97 levels, mostly as an unintended consequence of the '97 regulations.
Legal gun ownership in Australia has been steadily rising since '97 and (according to anti-gun advocacy groups) is nearly at pre-97 levels.
But ... illegal gun (both smuggled and locally manufactured) numbers have skyrocketed and are believed to be equal to or greater than the number of legal firearms.
It are these illegal weapons that are used in 99% of crime including shootings of high profile law enforcement officials that are on the rise.