Melbourne, Australia has been rocked with five shooting deaths in just 10 days, even though the country famously restricted citizens’ right to own firearms in 1996.
Australians gave up their right to own shotguns and semi automatic rifles after a family’s tragic murder-suicide in 1996, and the common belief is that this drastically reduced crime in the city. A new string of gun violence in Melbourne may be challenging this perception.
“Five shooting deaths in just 10 days,” noted a TV anchor for Australia’s 9 News Sydney, “Despite the bloodshed, police in Melbourne are trying to allay fears of escalating violence in the city.”
The shooting is thought to have been provoked by a discussion about a stolen vehicle, and led to the death of a 19-year-old Australian man and another charged with murder. Authorities are quick to note that, compared to the world population, Melbourne is still a very safe city.
While the 1996 gun control legislation may have had a discernible impact on gun deaths in the country, gun deaths had already been on the decline since the 1980s and earlier. The country went from nearly 700 deaths in 1987, to 421 in 1996, the year the sweeping gun control legislation was adopted across the country, to 238 in 2016. Research for years after 2016 is not readily available, but likely reflects the same trend.
It would appear that, regardless of what legislation is in place, criminals do not follow the law, and will disregard any law or restrictions that would stand in the way of committing a crime if that is their intent.
Five shooting deaths in just 10 days…despite the bloodshed police in Melbourne are trying to reassure the public.#9News | http://9News.com.au
Posted by 9 News Sydney on Monday, March 11, 2019
Italian Populist Youth Group Praises Trump for His Peace Efforts
The Lega Nord is one of Europe’s strongest populist parties.
The Lega Giovani, the youth branch of Salvini’s Lega party, announced its support in nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Due to Trump’s efforts in brokering peace deals between Gulf Arab states and Israel, one Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president for the Nobel Peace prize.
In a statement, Luca Toccalini, a member of the Italian Parliament and Chairman of Lega Giovani, declared that the “globalist left is losing its mind, scared by the outcome of the upcoming American elections, and this latest news decisively increased their worries.”
Toccalini added that Lega Giovani “strongly” supports the “nomination of President Donald Trump, a just reward for the continued dedication of his administration for lasting peace with a bilateral and multi polar approach.”
The populist Italian member of Parliament noted how Trump’s Middle East agenda has contrasted with Obama’s:
After a decade of turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, sponsored by a globalist agenda and President Obama’s dreams of revolution, the last 4 years have seen great improvement for the stability in our neighbourhood which has also helped Europe.
Wishing four more years of peace and greatness, as Lega Giavani we strongly support Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Matteo Salvini and Lega have led the way in putting populism on the map throughout Europe. Salvini broke the mold by implementing pro-gun reforms in 2018 and 2019. What seems like a concept that is only confined to the U.S., now the right to bear arms is starting to enter the conversation in Europe. Political organizations like Lega have undoubtedly changed political discourse in Italian politics and Europe, for that matter.
Youth organizations such as Lega Giovani will play a substantial role in spreading Lega’s message and educating younger generations of Italians and preparing them to be the new populist vanguard of an ever-changing European polity.
The message can be read here.
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