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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

Gun Violence in America, Explained in 17 Maps and Charts | Vox

Las Vegas, Gun Violence, and the Failing American State | The New Yorker

What It’s like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control | Time

Gun Violence Incidents of 2017

Stop gun violence now!



About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. usfman

    Anything for profit in this country thrives – guns, drugs… The video clearly points out the normalization of gun violence in this country resonates throughout the world. Thank you for reading my blog poem this week on this matter.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Your poem – a good way to process social emotional abuse.

  2. John Fioravanti

    Where there is a will, there’s a way. That sounds trite, but that’s the message of this segment of Democracy Now. When the majority of Americans are sick enough of this bloodletting, change will follow.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. I hope this time we genuinely work on sensible gun control.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    In addition to Australia, there are other comparable examples. Canada, our closest physical and cultural neighbor, also has a high per-capita gun ownership rate but only about half the gun homicide rate as the U.S. Weapons that are designed or modified for mass shooting are either prohibited or restricted in Canada, and gun registration is far more comprehensive and thorough than our insane country. See:

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Robert. The U.S. is truly exceptional in its resistance to gun control.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. I don’t want to overstate that we glorify violence, but there are segments of our culture that do just that. For instance, professional fake TV wrestling, of which our current president is a fan. (I do not mean the high school and college sport of wrestling.)


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