Re: Cars kill about the same number as guns
No they were not.
In the 15 years up to 1996 when the laws changed after the Port Arthur Massacre, there were 15 mass shootings where 4 or more victims died. So average of one a year, killing 116 & wounding 90.
In the 15 years after the laws changed there were zero mass shootings. There have been two mass (4+ dead victims) shootings since. One family murder suicide and one spree shooting in my home city of Darwin. So average now of one every ~14 years. Big difference.
It is estimated that there are more guns in private hands now than before the laws changed. However, rapid fire high capacity weapons are heavily restricted, shooters have to be trained and licensed and weapons must be stored securely, unloaded and separate from ammunition. Sensible gun laws that work.
Most shootings in Australia are gang related violence. Since there are so few shootings, the police can put huge resources into investigating them, which makes criminal less likely to use weapons as they know there is a high likelihood of being caught.
What we don't have is routine massacres, armed holdups, toddlers shooting themselves or their friends, or people being shot for knocking on the wrong door.
Schools don't need metal detectors, armed security and kids doing active shooter drills. I also don't ever recall anyone being shot dead by a dog here either.