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How gun law changed Australia and could make the USA safer

by | 18th, December 2012

AFTER the Sandy Hook massacre, a look at Australia and guns:

A 2006 paper that appeared in Injury Prevention  analyzed the possible results of the 1996 gun law reforms in Australia:

Results: In the 18 years before the gun law reforms, there were 13 mass shootings in Australia, and none in the 10.5 years afterwards. Declines in firearm-related deaths before the law reforms accelerated after the reforms for total firearm deaths (p = 0.04), firearm suicides (p = 0.007) and firearm homicides (p = 0.15), but not for the smallest category of unintentional firearm deaths, which increased. No evidence of substitution effect for suicides or homicides was observed. The rates per 100 000 of total firearm deaths, firearm homicides and firearm suicides all at least doubled their existing rates of decline after the revised gun laws.

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