According to professor Simon Chapman at the University of Sydney, in the 22 years since Australia passed its National Firearms Agreement there have been no mass shootings in Australia. A mass shooting inspired the agreement.

The agreement included uniform gun registration, the repudiation of self-defense as a legitimate reason to hold a firearm licence, mandatory locked storage, a ban on mail-order sales and standardized penalties, and a ban on semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns from civilian ownership.

Of course, the U.S. is not Australia, and we have a Second Amendment. But if the murders of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 and the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 61 concertgoers and others and wounded hundreds more didn't inspire stricter gun laws in the United States, we must expect many more mass shootings — and very timid gun-control legislation.

Jim Waldo


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