After Las Vegas Massacre, Advocates Look to Australia’s Successful Fight to Curb Gun Violence | Democracy Now!
The United States has many social and public health issues. A proliferation of mass shootings — defined as an event where at least four people are shot — is one of our worse problems. Mass shootings occur every single day in our nation.
What’s more tragic, is that we have gun control solutions at our fingertips — right in the endlessly proposed, debated, and defeated gun control legislation that goes on in Washington. In addition, we have the transformational model of Australian gun control laws to inspire and guide us.
When is America going to do something about gun violence?
Watch the video above to see what Australians did when they got sick and tired of lethal mass shootings in their country.
America can do the same here. Speak up for gun control.
“In the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock that left 59 people dead and 527 others wounded, we look at calls for gun control and how Australia worked to change its culture of gun violence after a massacre 20 years ago—and won. In April of 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 and wounding 23 others. Within 12 days of the attack, Australia’s conservative government announced a bipartisan deal to enact gun control measures. There has not been another mass shooting in Australia since. We speak with Rebecca Peters, who led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre and is now an international arms control advocate and part of the International Network on Small Arms.” ~ Democracy Now!
Further Reflections on Gun Violence
To add to our reflections on the problem of gun violence in America, I offer a few related resources below:
“Of all the ways in which American democracy
is showing symptoms of turning into a dysfunctional state,
the inability to face down the gun lobby
is surely one of the most egregious.”
~ John Cassidy
Stop gun violence now!