The two things aren't mutually exclusive.
You can definitely say 'address the gun problem' and 'address mental health'.
The gun lobby would rather hear you say 'guns aren't the problem, you need to leave all that as it is and look at mental health'.
Isn't society intelligent enough to try and do both?
Gun Crimes are the symptoms not the disease. I would ask is it more tragic that 26 people die at once or is it more tragic that 27 people are stabbed in say Manchester-a death is a death and just because it happens all at once it is more horrific, not more tragic, just more news worthy.
In assaults involving force, sexual incidents, burglary and motor vehicle thefts, Australia ranked highest of all countries surveyed
Since it is apparent that Aussies don't know how to use there tallywackers should we ban them?
Anyway you know I was being silly, but I am making a larger point there is a problem in society, what is causing the rash of copy cat massacres. What is wrong with our youth, I don't know
which figure in that report do you think shows oz as the highest? simple answer for this one thanks. i couldnt find anything that reflected what you say is all and am worried your imaginative interpretation of words and numbers might be giving us a bum steer. admittedly i only scanned through.
and then there was this....
Summary and Conclusions
Australia is a relatively high risk country as far as crime is concerned as this cross-national survey indicates. Happily, we are not in the same league as the USA.....
seems an odd conclusion if what you say is true. well looking forward to what figure/table etc those stats come from anyway.
then again it could all just be a desperate (and inaccurate?) lash out at another country to try and feel better about the massive problem within your own. i'd avoid that. it may make you briefly feel better but its not really a long term solution to the problem you have there.
If you read the whole article it states that AU has higher levels of sexual assault, burglary and car theft pc than the US. Luckily you guys don't have guns.
A lot of my fellow offices (when stationed in Korea) would go down to Australia when on leave. The comment was it was very easy to meet girls there because they liked Americans, because one we were a lot nicer to them than Australians, two we weren't going to rape them, three there wasn't a whole lot of competition because Aus has a lot of homosexuals. Just what my friends told me. (I have never been there) However we did have Australian officers in my officer training class, and they were extremely aggressive with our female officers to a point where our females were told to stay away from them and do not drink with them. The Brits were fine, as were the other foreign officers. However I know for a fact that an Australian major was sent home for sexual misconduct/harassment.
Some interesting topics:http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/TGRA85A3OAD2K2O84
Crime Statistics > Rapes (per capita)(most recent) by country
VIEW DATA: Totals Per capita
Definition Source Printable version
Showing latest available data. Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom)
#1 South Africa: 1.19538 per 1,000 people
#2 Seychelles: 0.788294 per 1,000 people
#3 Australia: 0.777999 per 1,000 people
Assaults per C
Rank Countries Amount
# 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis: 3%
# 2 United Kingdom: 2.8%
= 3 New Zealand: 2.4%
= 3 Australia: 2.4%
# 5 Canada: 2.3%
# 6 Finland: 2.1%
= 7 France: 1.4%
= 7 Denmark: 1.4%
= 9 Sweden: 1.2%
= 9 United States: 1.2%
= 9 Belgium: 1.2%
Assault victims by country", UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute). Correspondence on data on crime victims. March. Turin.
So when an Aussie tells me I need to ban my weapon, I think they should ban their "guns"