We can all help reduce the illegal weapons trade

Dr Margaret Beavis

Vice President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)

These shocked Australia. We are unused to such wanton loss of life. Prime Minister John Howard responded with his finest piece of legislation, which in 1996—97 resulted in the buyback of over 650,000 weapons across Australia, and better regulation of gun sales.

In the 18 years before the buy-back there were 13 gun massacres in Australia. They took more than 100 lives. Aside from a shooting at Monash University in

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