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  •  AWB was imperfect (0+ / 0-)

    and had huge avoidance loopholes, yet since it's repeal formerly proscribed weapons are appearing a crime scenes in much greater profusion than while the ban was active.

    And if you look at a truly comprehensive ban like the Australian model, you see even more stark indicators of efficacy.

    •  Hard to judge Australia because their (3+ / 0-)
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      population is so small by comparison. The incidence per year of killing rampages here has veered between 1 in 31 million and 1 in 249 million since the Great Depression. If Australia is at all comparable to us in annual wacko outbreaks (their domestic violence stats are comparable iirc), it will take 2+ decades more of data to judge the comparative efficacy of their law (effective 1996 ?).

      The problem weapon continues to be handguns -- 73% of all gun crime fatalities in 2011.

      btw, where did you get your post-AWB assault rifle stat? It didn't leap out of the FBI numbers at me; the 2011 data I saw didn't differentiate rifle types. Maybe I didn't look closely enough...?


      by raincrow on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:53:45 AM PST

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    •  It was not repealed. It expired. (0+ / 0-)

      The AWB was passed with a 10 year sunset, because those that proposed it (DiFi) knew it would make no difference in crime, but wanted a culture-war issue to keep eternally fighting over.

      "Assault weapons" have been used in 0.6% of homicides since the ban's repeal, a number sufficiently tiny as to be consistent with no change at all. "Much greater profusion" is a claim you need to back up or retract.

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:46:14 AM PST

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