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George Megalogenis
Australia suffered 13 mass murders between 1981 and 1996. In the 16 years since our gun law reforms: zero. No more excuses please America.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc @Colvinius
Yes and no. There was a spike in massacres in the 1980s through to mid 90s. NSW and Vic govts tried reform and failed.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc
Not my definition. I'm relying on uni research, comparing like with like. Four or more dead, involving auto- or semi-auto weapons.
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Cameron Watt 14 Dec 12
Replying to @GMegalogenis @kathoc
I'm rather perplexed as to why the weapon needs to be a self loader to qualify as a massacre.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc
I take it gotcha doesn't mean "gotcha". However you cut the stats, the 1981-96 trend for mass shootings ended with gun law reform.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc
Don't worry, I gotcha.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc
She's right.
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George Megalogenis 14 Dec 12
Replying to @kathoc
That's a whole other debate. Escalation in media language in digital age creates false impression that massacres are on the rise.
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George Megalogenis 15 Dec 12
Replying to @schmid3 @MsJaimeMurray
The stat compares like with like: Australia's experience before and after gun law reform. Make of it what you will.
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George Megalogenis 16 Dec 12
Australia & US had similar numbers of mass shootings 1981-1996. Our reform worked, US status quo didn't.
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George Megalogenis 18 Dec 12
@feed_the_chooks Yes, though Australia and America had similar numbers of mass shootings in the 1980s and 90s. We changed, they didn't.
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Jack the Insider 20 Dec 12
Replying to @GMegalogenis
One mass shooting in 2002 at Monash University. Two students shot dead. Five wounded. Perp a licensed hand gun owner.
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George Megalogenis 20 Dec 12
Replying to @JacktheInsider
The data was based on the definition used by the FBI and others -- four or more dead, in a public place.
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Jack the Insider 20 Dec 12
Replying to @GMegalogenis
But evidence post 1996 is compelling, for a country with a low rate of gun ownership. US clearly a different kettle of fish.
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George Megalogenis 20 Dec 12
Replying to @JacktheInsider
Indeed. We changed, they accelerated.
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Andrew Riddle 20 Dec 12
My question is, given millenial & Bircherist paranoia, how many Wacos do you get if you come for their guns?
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Jack the Insider 20 Dec 12
Sadly, what might work cannot be done and what can be done won't work.
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George Megalogenis 20 Dec 12
Second half of 1990s was turning point. Americans didn't follow rest of Anglo world. Now it may be too late.
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George Megalogenis 20 Dec 12
Date before & after Oz gun controls would be dramatic whichever definition used. The same with UK after Dunblane?
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George Megalogenis 20 Dec 12
Oops, data, not date. Agreed, I should have Monash in there with an *
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