I live in Australia, and, yes, we have not had mass killings for over 20 years, as was pointed out in a May 20 letter in the News Tribune, headlined, “Australia stopped mass shootings; US can, too.”

We still do, however, have plenty of shootings all over Australia.

Some years back our government had a gun buy-back scheme, or surrender scheme, where a lot of firearms were handed in. A lot of the shootings are bikie-related or drug-related. I don’t think we will ever get to a firearm-free country; this probably is true worldwide.

I hope this gives some idea of what’s going on in Australia.

One state here is trying to allow knives in classrooms. I’m not sure if that is a step in the correct direction.

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Wayne Miller

Streaky Bay, South Australia

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