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Australia

Howard's Gun Gamble

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

The Prime Minister flew from Port Arthur straight into the flak from procrastinating States. He wagered his authority on total gun control — and he won. Michael Millet reports on how it was done. There are some matters that transcend the normal give and take of politics. For John Howard, a politician skilled in the art of compromise, Port Arthur is one such event. Any thought that the Prime Minister was simply carving out an ambit claim for gun control as the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian PM's Personal Gun Control Triumph is His Symbol of Authority

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

John Howard yesterday marked himself as the leader who has probably changed the nation's future more decisively, more quickly than any prime minister before him. In an extraordinary display of prime ministerial determination, Howard overcame a decade of political inertia and cowardice to give Australia the chance to avoid the gun culture curse which has made life unbearable for the ordinary citizens of some other countries, especially the United States. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Exposed: Gun Lobby's Backers – A Herald Investigation

3 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's $50 million-a-year firearms industry is a major undercover financier of the gun lobby which has campaigned successfully against tougher controls including a national register of firearms. Through organisations such as the Shooters' Party and the 50,000-member Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia (SSAA), arms importers and dealers have poured tens of thousands of dollars into election campaigns, mass advertising and political lobbying. Over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Pro Shooters Call Semi-automatic Rifles 'Toys for City Boys'

2 May 1996

Reuters

HOBART - Australia's gun lobby said on Thursday a national ban on military-style rifles would not prevent killings such as last weekend's shooting massacre of 35 people in the southern island state of Tasmania. Firearm owners said they would not oppose the proposed ban, advocated by Prime Minister John Howard after he visited the scene of Sunday's shootings at the former convict site of Port Arthur, but insisted the community would be no safer. The pain and anguish of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian PM Presses States for Gun Bans, National Firearm Registry

2 May 1996

Australian (Sydney)

The Federal Government will push the States next week for new gun laws that ban all automatic and semi-automatic weapons and establish a national gun register following the Port Arthur massacre in which 35 people died. The Prime Minister, Mr Howard, will personally open a meeting of police ministers next Friday and put a strong federal bipartisan position on tougher gun laws. "Those proposals will at a minimum include a proposal for an effective national registration... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales,Scotland,United Kingdom

Gun Amnesty in England and Scotland Following Dunblane Massacre

25 April 1996

Independent (UK)

Dunblane Prompts 28-day Guns Amnesty A national firearms amnesty is to take place in June in the wake of the massacre of the Dunblane children, the Home Secretary announced yesterday. But while Michael Howard was confident the move would save lives, he accepted it could not prevent a similar tragedy at the hands of a deranged gunman - such as Thomas Hamilton who killed the 16 children and their teacher. "No one is suggesting a firearms amnesty is a panacea in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeon General Calls Gun Violence an 'Epidemic'

1 January 1994

Mother Jones (USA)

Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders's crusade to promote health education and awareness encompasses the "epidemic," as she calls it, of gun violence. Frank and opinionated, she told us what Americans need to do-now. Q: The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that gun-related deaths and injuries make gun violence one of the major public-health hazards in the country. Do you agree? A: Yes, I do. Homicide, often involving guns, is a disease that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeons General on Gun Violence 'Epidemic'

15 June 1992

Philadelphia Local News (Philly.com)

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and George Lundberg, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, think that if we look closely at death rates due to firearms, it will make gun-control advocates out of most of us. Consider a few of them: - Between 1960 and 1980, the U.S. homicide rate due to guns increased 160 percent, while the population rose 26 percent. - Nationally, gunshot wounds are the second biggest cause of death among Americans age... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Access the Problem, Not Illness, Say Experts

3 September 1991

Sydney Morning Herald

Psychiatrists have dismissed as "absurd" a suggestion by gun lobbyists that psychotic people or people with psychological problems should be listed on a register which would prohibit them from owning guns. Dr William Andrews, chairman of the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), said the idea was based on a myth, perpetuated by popular fiction and films, that all mentally ill people were dangerous. "In reality, the vast... (GunPolicy.org)

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