This is what actually happens with gun control laws:
Meanwhile John Howard has spoken about Australia’s handling of gun control and misses the point completely as does anyone else who equate Australia with the USA:
“Almost 700,000 guns were bought back and destroyed – the equivalent of 40 million guns in the United States.”
The ready availability of high-powered weapons, which enabled people to convert “murderous impulses into mass killing”, was the fundamental problem, Mr Howard said.
“Certainly, shortcomings in treating mental illness and the harmful influence of violent video games and movies may have played a role,” he wrote.
“But nothing trumps easy access to a gun.
“It is easier to kill 10 people with a gun than with a knife.”
Whilst that maybe true the criminals in Australia certainly never gave up their guns.
“And today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate,” he said.
“The Australian Institute of Criminology found that gun-related murders and suicides fell sharply after 1996.”
John Howard misleads. There is much contention over such findings and the AIC report he speaks of was written in 1997. The suicide claims are an outright deception on the part of John Howard.
Some researchers have found a significant change in the rate of firearm suicides after the legislative changes. For example, Ozanne-Smith et al. (2004) in the journal Injury Prevention found a reduction in firearm suicides in Victoria, however this study did not consider non-firearm suicide rates. Others have argued that alternative methods of suicide have been substituted. De Leo, Dwyer, Firman & Neulinger, studied suicide methods in men from 1979 to 1998 and found a rise in hanging suicides that started slightly before the fall in gun suicides. As hanging suicides rose at about the same rate as gun suicides fell, it is possible that there was some substitution of suicide methods. It has been noted that drawing strong conclusions about possible impacts of gun laws on suicides is challenging, because a number of suicide prevention programs were implemented from the mid-1990s onwards, and non-firearm suicides also began falling.