New Jersey Newspaper Calls For Australian Style Gun Confiscations in America
Well, that escalated quickly. Instead of the normal debates about universal background checks and semi-auto weapons bans, NJ.com went straight for the jugular of gun owning Americans.
In a recent op-ed, the news website (which is also associated with several print papers) called for the nuclear option in the gun control debate – mandatory gun buybacks (also known as confiscation here in the real world).
From the op-ed,
The biggest problem with this approach, though, is that it tiptoes around the one reform that could really make a difference, but that Americans would never accept: Mandatory gun buybacks. That’s what Australia did, after its own version of Newtown.
Following a mass shooting in Tasmania that left 35 dead, Austrialia banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, and required all the newly banned weapons to be bought back by the government. This cut the number of gun-owning households by as much as half.
The mandatory buybacks were also accompanied by a uniform national system for licensing and registering firearms. Gun owners have to present a “genuine reason” to buy a weapon. A claim of self-defense isn’t enough unless you have an occupational need to carry a gun.
We understand this is not going to happen. Neither American courts nor most of the public would support it. As a nation we remain wedded to the delusion that gun ownership stops crime.
Well, I have a database with several thousand people in it that would absolutely tell you that THEIR guns stopped crime. At least NJ.com recognizes such a measure has about the same odds as passing as mandatory hug day.