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Beto O'Rourke has come under under a lot of flack for saying that assault weapons have no place on our streets - and he is absolutely correct.
As the article above points out, he is not advocating going door to door, but is instead relying on people voluntarily turning in their weapons.
If you don't think that's a workable plan, consider this:
The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods said that his company has destroyed $5,000,00 worth of assault weapons as part of its tough stance on guns.
You may remember that Australia instituted a mandatory buy back program in 1996 and 1997, and the country collected 650,000 guns. The so-called National Firearms Agreement (NFA), drafted the month after the shooting that killed 35 people, sharply restricted legal ownership of firearms in Australia. It also established a registry of all guns owned in the country, among other measures, and required a permit for all new firearm purchases.
Australia's prime minister at the time, John Howard, had taken office just six weeks earlier at the head of a center-right coalition. He quickly drew a very clear conclusion from the Port Arthur killing: Australia had too many guns, and they were too easy to get.?
Australia solved this problem by introducing a mandatory buyback: Australia's states would take away all guns that had just been declared illegal. In exchange, they'd pay the guns' owners a fair price, set by a national committee using market value as a benchmark, to compensate for the loss of their property. The NFA also offered legal amnesty for anyone who handed in illegally owned guns, though they weren't compensated.
The average firearm suicide rate in Australia in the seven years after the bill declined by 57 percent compared with the seven years prior. The average firearm homicide rate went down by about 42 percent.
The NRA is lot weaker than it was in 2016, between its ties to Russia, its defection in its top ranks, and the potential loss of its tax exempt statues due to its meddling in the last election with Russian help. I seriously doubt that the organization will be chipping in another $30 million during the 2020 election.
If the general public became more aware of the success of the Australia program, O'Rourke's idea may actually become more popular.
For those people who say that we can't afford a gun buy back program, consider this:
The annual cost for victims of gun violence is an average of $2.8 billion in emergency-room and inpatient charges alone, a Johns Hopkins study concluded. If lost wages are factored in, the financial burden rises to $45 billion each year.