If police and government can't control Sydney gun crime, local communities must

Paul McDermott

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Abstract

There have been at least 52 shootings in Sydney so far in 2012. It will probably be more by the time this article is published. It is just a matter of time before hand guns become more widely used in disputes by traditionally law abiding members of the public, as a result of “normalisationâ€Â�, and before shootings follow the US trend and occur in places such as Australian high schools. We are not talking about rifles here, but concealed weapons â€Â' pistols. We need new and tighter controls on pistols and ammunition. This should include a new buy-back scheme for pistols, a national register and should include strengthened border control strategies because all hand guns come from overseas suppliers. There also needs to be a greater high-profile police presence in the suburbs most affected by these shootings, and the police response to shooting incidents needs to be immediate and unrelenting. The community will support strong and hard action by police against these criminals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalConversation
Volume15-May-12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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