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  •  Part of the response to the Port Arthur Massacre (9+ / 0-)

    was a gun buyback program. More than 630,000 guns were turned in. That might not seem like a lot, but in a country 1/15th the size of the US, and with far lower gun ownership rates, that was actually a huge number.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    I don't expect a similar program in the US would be nearly as successful. It's not just about the guns. It's also about the gun nuts.

    ~Doc~

    -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

    by EquationDoc on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:46:17 AM PST

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    •  *mandatory* buy back (1+ / 0-)
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      happy camper

      implemented after the ban was.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      the ban went through because australia never had anything comparable to the second amendment.

      and its population is 1/13th ours, despite its size.  and despite its size, it still fits inside texas + one smallish state.  direct comparisons like this are silly.

      Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

      by Cedwyn on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:56:07 AM PST

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      •  I'm perfectly fine with the very limited... (3+ / 0-)

        comparison I made. I noted the size difference and simply said--or implied--that it was a large fraction.

        ~Doc~

        -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

        by EquationDoc on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:07:57 AM PST

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      •  Oh... (2+ / 0-)
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        MadRuth, cotterperson

        When I said 1/15th the size I meant 1/15th the population.

        Australia is 3/4 the area and about 1/14th the population.

        ~Doc~

        -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

        by EquationDoc on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:21:30 AM PST

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