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Twenty-two years in the past, simply weeks after the deadliest and final deadly mass capturing in Australia’s historical past, the nation’s then-Prime Minister John Howard made it clear: Australia won’t be like america.

“I might dread the thought that this nation would go down the American path as far as the possession of firearms,” said Howard — at a gun rally.

Every time there is a mass capturing just like the one Wednesday in Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty, consideration turns to Australia and the modifications it made to its gun legal guidelines 20 years in the past. 

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The nation made sweeping gun management measures after a person killed 35 individuals with a semi-automated weapon in a well-liked vacationer space of Port Arthur, in Tasmania. Weeks after the April 1996 tragedy, the nation and its states started banning speedy-hearth weapons to tamp down on mass shootings after which provided to purchase the prohibited firearms. 

Analysis suggests it is labored.

The College of Sydney, in a 2016 research revealed within the Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered Australia hadn’t skilled a deadly mass capturing — one during which 5 or extra individuals are killed — because the 1996 capturing. Within the 18 years prior, 1979-1996, there have been thirteen deadly mass shootings in Australia.

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The numbers additionally confirmed complete firearm deaths in Australia, which had been declining earlier than 1996, dropped extra quickly as soon as the modifications have been made. There have been additionally declines in non-gun-associated suicides and homicides, the research discovered, which means researchers cannot decide whether or not the legal guidelines may be credited with driving the declines.

However at the very least one researcher argued it had an impact.