By Alex Thomas
In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting at an American school, multiple prominent liberal news outlets have once again begun to push for Australian-style gun laws in America which would include gun confiscation under the threat of violence.
Despite the fact that for years gun control groups and anti-gun liberals have claimed that they only want “common sense” gun control, news outlets such as Salon and Slate are once again openly praising Australia’s controversial 1996 gun control law, a law that included a mandatory gun buyback program under the threat of government force.
After the Oregon school shooting, highly trafficked liberal news outlet Slate republished an article praising Australia’s gun control law that was originally released in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
In the days since the recent shooting the article has become the top-read report on the site as well as linked by dozens of other liberal news outlets. (emphasis mine)
On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.
Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.
At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia.
The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.
Like most other articles praising Australia’s gun laws, the author of the Slate article completely leaves out the fact that the buyback program was mandatory which means that anyone who refused to go along with the program was subject to government raids and or violence.
Another article published in the wake of the Oregon shooting, this time on liberal clickbait rag Salon.com attempts to attack the NRA by using Australia as a shining example of gun control.
Remember, these are the same liberals who claim that they do not want to take away all Americans guns while literally writing articles promoting a gun law that not only included gun confiscation but also banned purchasing guns for use in self-defense!
The author of this direct attack on the 2nd Amendment even reveals that yes, we are absolutely talking about completely banning guns outright.
So if Americans aren’t using their guns for self-defense, does it make sense to do away with the charade of “sensible gun restrictions” talk and just get real about banning at least some guns outright?
Of course, America is awash in guns with approximately one gun for every U.S. citizen, but would examining Australia’s model on guns, as President Obama has suggested, be instructive for our gun violence crisis?
“When Australia had a mass killing … it was just so shocking the entire country said, ‘Well, we’re going to completely change our gun laws,’ and they did. And it hasn’t happened since,” the president recently told comedian Marc Maron.
The National Firearms Agreement and Buyback Program, as the package of legislation was called, prohibited the sale of shotguns as well as semiautomatic and self-loading rifles. Waiting periods and safety courses became mandatory for new gun owners and limits on the sale of ammunition were imposed.
Most importantly, perhaps, the legislation allocated $250 million for a gun buyback program, allowing for newly outlawed rifles and shotgun to be destroyed by the Australian government. Ultimately more than 640,000 firearms were either purchased by the Australian government or voluntarily handed in.
So did the confiscation work?
A 2012 study estimated 260,000 illegal guns were still in circulation Down Under, and a more recent report from Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp (I can sense the eye rolls) found that 37,000 new gun licenses were issued in the last five years, reportedly resulting in no increased gun related crimes.
The two articles quoted above are an extremely small sample size of the plethora of articles across the mainstream media promoting confiscation by government force while still trying to trick naive Americans into believing all they want is “common sense” reform (there’s that buzzword again).
Make no mistake, when outlets like Salon and Slate call for Australian gun control in America they are calling for gun confiscation under the threat of government coercion and conflict as well as openly admitting that they are willing to risk an all-out civil war in order to achieve this agenda.
An outstanding report in the Federalist that was published in June of this year details what gun confiscation in America would actually require while destroying the myth that liberals just want to stop mass shootings.
Australian-style gun control, in other words, would require government force and coercion on a massive scale. Now, progressives don’t understand the nature of coercion, so maybe they would not see police action to enforce gun confiscation as coercion. Or, perhaps, they actually do understand that their ideal form of gun control requires it, which is why they keep speaking in code and talk about “Australia” and not “wholesale confiscation.”
Let there be no doubt. Gun confiscation would have to be administered by force of arms. I do not expect that those who dismissed their fellow citizens for clinging bitterly to their guns are so naive that they imagine these people will suddenly cease their bitter clinging when some nice young man knocks on their door and says, “Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to take your guns.”
As though somehow those who daily espouse their belief that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to allow citizens to resist government oppression and tyranny will not use the Second Amendment to resist what they see as government oppression and tyranny. Or maybe they are so naive.
Many on the Left—and for this they are to be commended—have voiced their opposition to the increasing militarization of America’s police. Yet only a militarized police could enforce an Australian gun-control scheme in the United States. To take arms from men requires men with arms. There’s no other way to do it.
Yet because of the numbers of guns and men with guns in this country, any policy to remove those guns will inevitably depend on some measure of coercion, quite possibly a heavy measure.
Does anyone honestly believe this country has the will or resources to seize 60 to 105 million firearms from 105 to 160 million Americans? “Progressives believe it,” I hear you answer. Yes, but the ones who do, believe this dishonestly.
And, as I noted above, a mandatory gun confiscation program in America (which is literally being called for throughout the mainstream media at this moment) would most likely lead to a new civil war. (emphasis again mine)
When someone says the United States ought to adopt Australia’s gun laws as its own, he is really saying the cause of gun control is so important that he is willing to impose these laws even at the cost of violent insurrection.
Make no mistake, armed rebellion would be the consequence. Armed men would be dispatched to confiscate guns, they would be met by armed men, and blood would be shed. Australia is a valid example for America only if you are willing for that blood to be spilled in torrents and rivers. To choose Australia is to choose civil war.
At this point the anti-gun agenda has completely and fully revealed itself as having absolutely NOTHING to do with “common sense” gun control and everything to do with full-scale gun confiscation and the eventual complete banning of legal gun ownership in America.
The liberal media and their globalist masters, by continually claiming that they only want to stop mass shootings while at the same time openly calling for confiscation, have also revealed that they truly do believe that the American people are mindless sheep who will believe anything they hear on TV.
Going forward it is extremely important for all Americans to understand what media pundits and gun control groups are actually calling for when they bring up Australia while also using calls to model US laws on the country as direct proof that there is nothing common or sensible about the “reforms” they are pushing.
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Alex Thomas is a reporter and opinion journalist who has worked in the alternative media for over three years. His work has been featured on numerous news outlets including Infowars and RT. You can contact him here. Alex is an exclusive weapon of Intellihub.
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