Originally Posted by gunslinger
I mean, I hope we don't get stripped of our liberty like Australia did.
Many of the gun forums I read have a few Aussies complaining about the way the gun situation went in Australia.
Oh, that's what you mean! Well, farmers can still have guns, and do, and people who are attached to gun clubs, get licenses and are of good character in the sense of not having criminal convictions or a history of domestic or social violence. The tightening of gun laws in this country has actually brought down significantly the death rate from accidental shootings, and we've not had another Port Arthur Massacre, which it was a response to. In theory those massacres are of course still possible, because previously sane people can go off the rails and because insane people can still get weapons if they have money.
Our biggest complaint here is that it is still possible for the wrong types of people to get guns illegally, and that they don't get thrown in shark-infested waters when they do...
Our neighbours are in the gun club and haven't any complaints. Just telling you the story from a wider perspective than what our gun forums will tell you! We have a lot of rednecks in Australia who hang out on gun forums and they are more likely to whinge about weapons restrictions. Some of them probably shouldn't have guns.
The level of gun-related violence here per capita is so much lower than in the US, so we don't have that many people who think that our liberties are being unacceptably restricted. We kind of like not getting shot.