Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."
Damn you, I thought that paper was real when I started reading.
"Reports of periodic attacks on opal miners in Coober Pedy may be apocryphal and related to excessive consumption of cooling amber fluids in dry areas." - they were drunk.
Then I skipped to the references:
CRIKEY, O. & BEAUTY, U (2008) - O Crikey and U Beauty
MULDER, F.W. & SCULLY, D.K. (2000)
SKYWALKER, L. (2008) ‘May the force be with you: a study on the protection from drop bear attacks’
Good laugh, thanks for the share.