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How Australia’s global gold standard on gun control is being eroded

The people credited with lowering the gun-death rate after the Port Arthur massacre say the firearm lobby has since been boosted and gun laws chipped away

It was a Sunday, and gun control advocate and expert Rebecca Peters was at home listening to the radio when she heard there had been a shooting in Tasmania.

  • Elias Visontay
  • The Guardian

“Over the course of a couple of hours,” she recalls, “it went from being at least eight dead to 10 to 14 people dead.

The number kept going up, and as it exceeded the numbers of the other mass shootings I had studied and knew by heart, I could see this was just way beyond what…

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