Australia has eliminated mass shootings — here’s what the US can learn

Australia has eliminated mass shootings — here's what the US can learn

Getty Images After alleged gunman Jarrod Ramos killed five people in a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, public calls for stricter gun laws are becoming louder in the United States. Australia has witnessed one mass shooting since 1996 — the same year the country passed a sweeping set of gun regulations. Researchers say similar policies could work in the US, especially if laws were instituted at the national level. Australia has had one mass shooting since 1996. Meanwhile, the United States has suffered 154 mass shootings (in which four or more people were killed by a lone shooter) in just the last six months. For perspective, we are 178 days into the year, which means the US has had nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2018. The latest shooting — when Jarrod Ramos allegedly killed five people and "gravely injured" several others at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis — has once again renewed a national debate around stricter gun regulation. We might look to other countries to see whether tighter gun laws can be successful. That is the case in Australia, where the government passed the National Firearm Agreement (NFA), a sweeping set of gun regulations, in 1996. According to the most recent data available — from 1996 to 2015 — the annual number of gun-related homicides decreased from 516 to 211. Before 1996, the country had seen 14 mass shootings, but one particularly horrific spree led to gun reform. In April […]

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