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After the Christchurch massacre, New Zealand bans s000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说emi-automatic rifles

A similar law in Australia largely eliminated ma000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说ss killings

ATTEMPTS TO STRENGTHEN New Zealand’s gun-control000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说 laws have failed in parliament four times over the past 20 years. TYahaluehat was before a white supremacist laid siege to two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 1王一碗小笨笨5th, killing孔德薇 50 people. This week a bill to ban the kind of high-p000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说owered semi-automatic weapons that he used was introduced; every MP but one supports it. It should sail into law in days.

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New Zealand has one of the world’s highest rates of gun ownership, with 26 guns per 100 people. That puts it 20th out of the 230 countries and territories ranked by the Small Arms Survey, a research institute.福山外国语小学家校桥 Despite this, it ranks o000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说nly 172nd out of 195 countries in terms of deaths per person 鸣子花春from firearms, according to data from the University of Washiungo因果论ngton (see chart). Total killings with guns 樱姬百度云are typically in the single digits each year, out of a po侯门佳人骨pulation of 4.8m.

The already low ra盛代宝te of kil000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说lings with g000001,「经济学人」Asia-Gun control,悬疑小说uns is one reason why it will be hard to discern the new law’s effectiveness. Australia 4008210998adopted similar legislation in 1996 after a mass shooting in the state of Tasmania. The Australian government banned semi-automatic rifles, created a national gun registry and bought firearms from citizens, as New Zealand intends to. The stock of licensed guns fell by about a third.

Firearm-related suicides and homicides fell after the legi五月思貂裘下一句slation passed. But firearm deaths had already been falling before 1996, and the pace did not notably 79paccelerate. Moreover, gun violence was declining in many other rich countries, few of which had adopted stricter gun laws.

Australia’s gun reforms almost entirely eliminated mass shootings. Between 1980 and阿呷拉古 1996 there were 13 incidents日干妈视频 in which five or more victims were shot to death. 0571967037There has been just one since. But until Christchurch, New Zea伍冰珊land had not seen any mass shootings in over 20 years,撸jj despite the many semi-automatic rifles.

This suggests that social norms have been New Zealand’s best defence against mass shootings. But as Philip mu2569Alpers of the University of Sydney notes, the killer in Christchurch would simply not have been able to buy such deadly weapons in his home country, Australia.

This article appeared in the Asia section of the print edition under the headline "Never again" (Apr 4th 2019)

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