Credit where it’s due: Turnbull refuses to take leftist media bait

Malcolm Turnbull at a joint press conference with Donald Trump. Picture: AP.

It’s not often that I agree with Malcolm Turnbull, but I have to give the Great Waffler credit for astutely refusing to take the bait from America’s leftist media.

Malcolm Turnbull has avoided weighing into the gun control debate in the United States after his first Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump, saying Australia had a “completely different” history and laws.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the US President in the East Room of the White House, the Prime Minister said Australia would not provide policy or political advice on gun control in the wake of last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.

Turnbull is absolutely right. It’s not the place of a visiting leader to interfere in the political debates of another country. The lefties would have a fit if Donald Trump came here and started lecturing Australia on its economic policies.

Mr Turnbull said: “It’s a completely different context historically, legally and so forth. We are very satisfied with our laws, we maintain them, they’re there, they’re well known, we refer to them, but we certainly don’t presume to provide policy or political advice on that matter here.

“You have an amendment to the Constitution which deals with gun ownership, you have a very, very different history. We’ll focus on our own political arguments and debates.”

Australia’s gun laws are an article of faith for the American left, despite numerous studies showing that they probably had little impact on homicide rates, and that mass shootings were so rare in Australia, that our experience is almost completely irrelevant to the U.S.

Despite being repeated, ad nauseum, the claim that Australia hasn’t had a mass shooting since Howard’s gun laws were introduced is simply false. “Mass shooting” is a much-debated term, but using the FBI’s definition, Australia has had three mass shootings since 1996.

In any case, Australia’s homicide rate was steadily declining in the decade before Port Arthur, and the trend continued at much the same rate. Howard’s gun laws had a negligible effect.

Australian’s firearms homicides were trending down long before 1996.

Australia has a completely different history, culture and political structure to the United States. Leftists’ determination to hammer the Australian square peg into the American round hole are as useless as they are mendacious.

Turnbull was right not to take the bait.

The Australian

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