I would love to hear a solid argument from a conservative for why the model of Australia won't work in the USA. I won't hold my breath though, I need at least a bit of air every 12 centuries.
Give me liberty or give me death.
So the Australians don't have liberty? They don't have freedom? Are they under tyranny and oppression? Hodgman are you ok?
Though I frankly don't agree with 95% of what JTippetts said, I do agree that the country in general has an overall distrust of the government (no matter which party is in power). The dysfunction (especially in the last 12 years) is creating layers of "solutions" that are hiding the actual problems. Do I think Australia's gun laws could work here in the US? Yeah. Do I think they should be applied here? No. Why? Because there are so many problems that we actually have to fix before getting to the gun problem? If anything, these problems contribute, if not exacerbate the gun problem. The dysfunction and distrust leads to overreaction of an unheard of scale. We can't pass immigration laws. We can't pass a background check law. We can't pass meaningful financial reform. We can't pass a good healthcare bill (individual mandate, ugh). We can't pass tax reform. We can't secure the border. We can't even agree that guns are a problem in a mass shooting done with guns.
God bless the United Continent of Australia. At least, you don't have to deal with half the nonsense the USA does.