In our beach side suburb Coogee, a hot topic at our local RSL club is whether we should relax our footwear policies to allow the commonly worn ‘thongs’. That is a long way from gun control, which is the hot topic right now in America.
As a result of the latest massacre in Newtown Connecticut, there was a vote for gun control laws in America. The laws did not pass. Therefore most Americans believe that it is “their right” to be able to own a gun.
Australia travelled down this road 17 years ago. America should follow our lead. There should be gun control. It would be the start to a safer environment for all Americans. A new environment where they didn’t have to fear for their lives or the lives of their children.
Like America, Australia also used to have many gun massacres. That was until the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in 1996. This massacre resulted in 35 people being killed and 23 wounded. Broad changes to Australia’s Gun Control Laws were introduced soon after (in fact within 3 months of the massacre). At the time, there was serious opposition by many people. These laws banned and heavily restricted the ownership and use of most guns.
The result is that there have been no mass shootings in Australia since then.
What an undeniable success!
My sister Ruby, introduced me to this 3 part YouTube series on gun control in America. These 3 videos argue in a humorous way that Americans should consider Australia as an example of a country that has implemented strict gun controls.
Warning: These videos are very funny!
- Part 1 – youtube.com/watch?v=9pOiOhxujsE
- Part 2 – youtube.com/watch?v=TYbY45rHj8w
- Part 3 – youtube.com/watch?v=mVuspKSjfgA
I began to think… In Australia we are concerned about the inappropriateness of wearing thongs in a bar, whilst in America, they are still concerned about the safety of guns in a bar.
Of course I am only a child, but it took children to be shot, to get Americans to debate gun control. I hope the Americans will ask and listen, to what their children want.
I made these 2 images to explain the irony of Australia’s “No Thongs” signs vs. America’s “No Guns” signs.
2 bars, one Australian and one American. Both bars have the same name, same purpose and same rules… except for one striking difference.
These signs say so much about the environment that they live in. More than you could imagine.
I hope it makes the undecided American’s wonder: Which society would they prefer to live in?
By Eve Cogan