January 30, 2013

Can Australia teach the US about gun control?

We look at the effects of Australia's 1996 gun reform.

Semi-automatic rifles were on display for sale at The Nation's Gun Show held in the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 28 July 2012. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Have strict gun laws in Australia made the country a safer place? After the 1996 Port Arthur massacre left 35 people dead, the government quickly passed strict laws limiting the ownership and use of guns. Seventeen years later, have those measures worked, and could similar legislation help solve the gun violence crisis in the United States?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Kim Beazley @AusAmbUSA
Australian Ambassador to the United States

Mary Vriniotis
Research Specialist, Harvard School of Public Health

Don Weatherburn
Director, New South Wales Bureau of Crime

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