After a tragic massacre in Port Arthur, Australia in 1996 that killed 35, Australia’s Parliament immediately touted an instantaneous “gun buyback program”. The radical gun reform initiative sparked a debate directly after the Las Vegas mass shooting and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School disaster. However, the question many ask today is would that actually work in the U.S? Did it even work in Australia?
While Australia took back an estimated 650,000 firearms, there is still an estimated one million and 1/3 left. In contrast to the United States, there are a whopping 310M firearms. If a confiscation were to be implemented into the U.S, it would force millions of Americans to give up over 60M firearms. Keep in mind, Australia’s “buyback program” was not optional, it was mandatory.
Think about it. Do you believe tens of millions of Americans who own firearms, in the specific case of self-defense or tyranny, will voluntarily let authorities take away their 2nd Amendment, which those rights ‘shall not be infringed’ and have not been since 1776? Impossible. Looting, rioting, and protests are subject to result if a program of this kind occurs.
According to a Center for Disease Control report titled, ““Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence”, the report summarizes that buyback programs are “ineffective”.
“There is empirical evidence that gun turn in programs are ineffective, as noted in the 2005 NRC study Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review. For example, in 2009, an estimated 310 million guns were available to civilians in the United States (Krouse, 2012), but gun buy-back programs typically recover less than 1,000 guns (NRC, 2005). On the local level, buy-backs may increase awareness of firearm violence. However, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for example, guns recovered in the buy-back were not the same guns as those most often used in homicides and suicides.”
University of Melbourne researchers wrote up a report saying, “There is little evidence to suggest that [the Australian mandatory gun-buyback program] had any significant effects on firearm homicides.”
The United Kingdom is identical to Australia in terms of radical gun reform. In January of 1997, the U.K banned all firearms. After the ban was put into place, the Crime Research Prevention Center found a sharp rise in the homicide rate before the Metropolitan Police improved their police force.
To add on to the fallacy, there was an 89% jump in gun crime as well from 1998 (when the ban was executed) to 2009. South Korea and Japan have extremely tight gun laws that do not prevent suicide. There will always be a way, gun or no gun, knife or no knife, you get the idea.
When the District of Columbia banned citizens from having guns in 1976, except for the D.C Police, gun crime and homicide rates went through the roof. According to prosecutor Jeffrey Shapiro, “Annual homicides rose from 188 in 1976 to 364 in 1988, and then increased even further to 454 in 1993.” The gun ban was erased by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia vs. Heller and “homicides have steadily declined since then to 88 yearly murders in 2012.” However, D.C is still one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.
While the program in Australia reduced accidental firearm casualties, a report done by Jeanine Baker and Samara McPhredran concludes “the gun buy-back and restrictive legislative changes had no influence on firearm homicide in Australia.”
The main problem is that Australia does not have a 2nd Amendment. The United States does. There would be absolute chaos if Americans were coerced to give up their ‘god given right’ as an American to bear and utilize their firearms.
Even if they did, 93% of firearms are illegally acquired. Two years ago, Carey Gabay, a lawyer for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in crossfire of a shootout between two gangs. He soon used his funeral to unnecessarily politicize the day for promotion of gun control.
To give context, the state of New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Under the SAFE Act, Armalite Rifle 15’s and high capacity magazines are banned, which has led to three major gun manufacturers leaving and made 1200 gun owners into felons.
The gun used to fatally shoot Gabay was a MAC-10, a submachine gun already made illegal in New York.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.