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  •  The Australian System. 1996. Very effective. (0+ / 0-)

    Australian Labour MP Kelvin Thomson has sent us an e-letter.  He lists the practical legal changes that his country undertook to eliminate gun massacres.

    There has been no recurrence of mass attacks on strangers. Also, suicides and murders with guns have fallen by more than half.

    After 35 people, including small children, were killed in the Australian island State of Tasmania in April, 1996, the Australian Police Ministers Council agreed to a national plan for the regulation of firearms.  The Plan is known as the National Firearms Agreement and its terms include:

    •Banning military style automatic and semi-automatic firearms;
    •Limiting the availability of non-military style semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to primary producers, professional vermin exterminators, and a limited class of clay target firearm users;
    •Introducing registration for all firearms, including longarms;
    •Grouping firearms into 5 broad licensing categories;
    •Requiring all licence applicants to establish a genuine reason for firearms ownership;
    •Requiring all licence applicants other than those applying for category A firearms to establish that they have a special need for the particular category of firearm;
    •Requiring that permits be acquired for every new firearm purchase, with the issue of a permit to be subject to a waiting period of at least 28 days to enable appropriate checks to be made;
    •Stricter storage requirements for all firearms; and
    •Requiring all sales to be conducted by or through licensed firearms dealers.

    Democrats can adopt this series of measures, band together seeking passage into law, and claim to have statistical and historical proof that it works to protect children and adults.

    Australia has done the hard work for us.

    The technical problem is separating America's 50,000 paranoid schizophrenics from guns. This specific organic mental illness -- with hallucinations, "irresistible" voices, delusional ideation -- is the top priority and it takes a massive effort to make that happen. We know how to do it.

    Beating the NRA and the NRA-backed baby killers will be the hard work.

    "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

    by bontemps2012 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:01:47 PM PST

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