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This Australian comedian’s take on America’s hypocritical gun laws is perfect

In this bit from a show he did in 2014, Jim Jefferies brilliantly and hilariously points out the absurdity of America’s reaction to mass shootings as opposed to his native Australia.

Considering that he was once attacked onstage while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store, it’s interesting to hear Australian comic Jim Jefferies’ stance on guns.

In this bit from a show he did in 2014, Jefferies brilliantly and hilariously points out the absurdity of America’s reaction to mass shootings as opposed to his native Australia.

“In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth. The Australian government went, ‘That’s it! No more guns!’ And we all went, ‘Yeah, alright then. That seems fair enough.’ Now in America, you have the Sandy Hook Massacre where little, tiny children died, and your government went, ‘Maybe – we’ll get rid of the BIG guns?’”

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  1. Keith Brachiosaur Welch

    March 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    You know…he’s just about pegged the problem.

  2. warriet

    March 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    didn’t the NRA start lobbying for every teacher to carry a gun?

  3. LJSeinfeld

    March 4, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I like Jim Jeffries very much as a comedian, and make no mistake, he is funny. He’s also exaggerating a lot on the ‘protection’ stuff to make his jokes.

  4. Paul Vt

    March 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    From the fine people that brought you the genocide of the Aboriginal people.

  5. Steve King

    March 5, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Are you talking about Australians or Americans? That sentence covers both.

  6. Amanda Smith

    March 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

    yep. and we didn’t do the same to American Indians back in the day… There have been and still are incidents like that all over the place… so lets try to discredit Australia. Brilliant. lol

  7. annabelle

    March 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    To the people who comitted genocide on an indigenous people. Ironic huh?

  8. Brian Esser

    March 5, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I have a best friend who lives in Adelaide.. Australia has PLENTY of violent crime and murders. In fact, biker gangs are becoming a problem over there. And while shootings are nearly non-existent. Stabbing deaths are through the roof in Britain.

    Australia, the land of censorship, no freedom of speech, no right to bear arms and inflation through the roof. Sounds terrific.

  9. Azza

    March 7, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Written by the fine people that brought us the KKK, the genocide of American Indians and a nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, you make me laugh

  10. Azusa

    March 7, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Adelaide has 1.7 deaths per 100000 people since 1989, you have no idea what you are talking about, don’t make excuses for Americas love affair with weapons.

  11. David

    March 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Not to mention a solid public health care system and one of the highest average incomes in the developed world. The bikie ‘problem’ here is miniscule in comparison to your homicide rate.

  12. Mark Hormann

    March 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Let me guess… your one of the 2nd 20% he described?! 😉

  13. Mark Hormann

    March 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    YES, we still have crazy & violent people (just like any country)… but at least we don’t give EVERYONE access to guns = I’d choose being ‘stabbed’, over being ‘shot’ ANY day of the week, how about you?!

  14. Mark Hormann

    March 8, 2015 at 12:13 am

    PS. Remind me how many times one of your cities has been voted #1 – “World’s MOST liveable city”… yes we still have our problems, but at least Australians don’t have a – ‘We are the Masters of the Universe’ – complex!

    PPS. Our main problem is, that our government – blindly follows/supports yours into almost all of the recent stupid wars.

  15. Mark Hormann

    March 8, 2015 at 12:16 am

    The term – “The pot calling the kettle black” – springs to mind… next inane argument please?!

  16. Mark Hormann

    March 8, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I see lots of Australian flags listed (on the below page) & only 1 in USA.

    http://www.ask.com/wiki/World's_most_liveable_cities?o=2802&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com

  17. Colter

    March 8, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Britain and Australia are different…

  18. david

    March 8, 2015 at 2:09 am

    “plenty of violent crime and murders” at rates a fraction of the best US states. record low inflation, minimal censorship and plenty of right to free speech. But what has Australia got to do with his arguments anyway?

  19. Mike

    March 8, 2015 at 2:22 am

    When you say “through the roof” you actually mean “slightly increased, still lightyears away from the US murder rate”.
    People get stabbed in the US just as much as in the UK – but in the UK people don’t get shot on top of that number.
    Learn to understand numbers and facts before you use them. 30.000 gun deaths in the US per year – 11000 of which are murders. Show me where any of that happens in the UK or Australia.
    Can’t do that? Then just shut up and learn.

  20. BoysnBerry

    March 8, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Australia, where you can send your children to school and not ever worry about the possibility of them getting shot.
    Where children can play in their own houses and not be at risk of shooting their own baby siblings.
    Where the fatalities are lower because it’s harder to kill 50 people in 5 minutes with a knife than it is with a gun.
    Yep, you’re right. That does sound terrific.

  21. Chuck Rowland

    March 8, 2015 at 3:35 am

    There are some in USA here that are CONVINCED the Sandy Hook massacre was staged..I cant even describe how nutty they are..they are called “truthers” of all things. The gun lobby in USA is out of control. In fact our gov has been hijacked by special interests of corporations..i dont see a fix anytime soon..it is a scary situ.

  22. Chuck Rowland

    March 8, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Yes and in some states it is happening. Very outrageous..

  23. Philip Fabiano

    March 8, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Brian Esser, really?? “inflation through the roof” guns solve that how? I’ll try to remember that –along with protecting the family and protecting citizens from the government as justifications for all and any gun.

  24. Dave

    March 8, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Slagging off Australia is fun, but I think you’ll find they aren’t slaughtering Aborigines much nowadays. And it doesn’t change the point that he’s bang on correct. The King isn’t trying to over-tax you any more.

  25. Dave

    March 8, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Stabbing deaths are not through the roof in Britain! You hear about it on national news when it happens, and that’s pretty rare. If US national news broadcast every gun death you’d need a Murder Today Channel. Every country has its flaws, but hundreds also have democratic freedom and don’t need guns in the bedroom to keep hold of it.

  26. Don

    March 8, 2015 at 6:17 am

    The NRA position is that teachers and school administrators who are qualified to handle a gun should be allowed to protect the children in their care.

  27. Stephen

    March 8, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Fourth quarter 2014: inflation at 1.4%.
    Just terrible.

  28. Peter Jones

    March 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Not sure what country you’re describing, but it isn’t Australia – only thing we don’t have (of your list) is the right to bear arms. And Australia frequently comes close to the top of places to live for quality of life – above the U.S.

  29. Roger

    March 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I’m afraid you need to deal in facts, Brian. In the year 2013-14 there were 537 murders in the UK (by all methods). The average murder rate in the USA is between 26-18,000 per annum. That means that the USA murder rate is, based on population, 30 times that of the UK.

  30. Patrick

    March 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Well Brian, not really. The media, particularly in my home state of Queensland, has done a lot to make bikie gangs seem a lot scarier than they actually are. Gang related crime makes up only about 0.6% of total crime and most of this is between gangs so your average citizen is rarely at risk. And I appreciate your comments about my country which seem almost entirely baseless. I do not feel censored or that I have no right to free speech in my country, so yeah, ask your mate what other conspiracy theories he believes.

  31. Tobias

    March 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    The people that did that genocide were the British, there weren’t any Australians until about 10-20 years later, and 10 year old kids wouldn’t run around holding guns would they? Also, that genocide was over 100 years ago, way before ‘Gun Laws’ became a subject of interest to everyone

  32. Dave S

    March 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Poor Brian is apparently one of the ‘seething’ gun worshippers Jim pisses off with his ‘making good points’ and ‘being a foreigner’. So pathetically predictable.. You attack his country with irrelevant and erroneous bulllshit and anecdotes rather than going after his arguments. First no one cares about your ‘best friend’s’ opinion. And no one said crime and violence are non-existent in Australia, (capitalizing ‘plenty’ doesn’t make it more relevant or closer to the US problem, LOL). Nice try at an irrelevant diversion. And why bring in Britain with the ‘through the roof’ stabbing deaths nonsense? Because you know its a well-known example of low rates of firearm homicides and feel the need to try to diminish that fact, eh ? Just more diversion. Common sense and logic (lacking in gun nuts) would predict higher rates of homicide in both countries with no gun restrictions in place….dooh! The facts, not spun by the NRA and nutters like yourself, are that the 2012 overall murder rates (per 100,000) were 1.0 in the UK (with less than 7% of that due to firearms), 1.1-1.2 in Australia (lt than 15% firearms) , and 4.7 in the gun ridden USA, about 60% due to firearms. (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list, UNODC ) The stats and math are clear, you’re much safer in those countries than the good ole USA, and anyone can see it. Unless you’re addled by NRA rhetoric and gun worship. Its not about how it ‘sounds’; but about how it IS, dumbass.

  33. William Surratt

    March 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Yeah, getting rid of guns doesn’t make any sense, because it’s only one method of murder. Are we going to outlaw knives, or rope so a person can’t be strangled , oh that wouldn’t work, a murderer would probably use their hands. How about outlawing hammers, so a person can’t be bludgeoned to death. The first thing the Germans did was outlaw guns, and look what happened there….the second World War. Now I’ve probably left out a few methods of murder, but getting rid of guns is not the answer!

  34. CampbellM

    March 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    tl;dr: You couldn’t be more wrong.

    I can tell you definitively through my thorough first-hand experience of being an Australian, that:
    A- Although we do have violent crime, so does EVERY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH. The main difference being that Australia has NEVER suffered a malicious assault on an educational institution to the degree that America has. Also, your best friend lives in Adelaide, using that as a reference point for Australia’s level of violence would be like me using Detroit to judge America’s level of violence. The only thing you are relatively right about is our bikie gang presence. It is higher than we would like it to be but even then, they mostly keep to themselves and do their dirty work in the shadows, so it doesn’t affect the vast majority of us, only an unlucky few. But in saying that, there are task forces in place to combat this so it is diminishing problem in the long term.

    B- Censorship is about as much of a problem in Australia as having a grain of white sand in a red desert.

    C- You are right about no freedom of speech, secretly, Australia is a dictatorship not dissimilar to a nazi concentration camp, but nationwide. I’m totally joking, we have just as much freedom of speech as every other democratic country. I don’t even know where you got that idea from.

    D- Refer to point A. We don’t have a right to bear arms unless you have a reason and a licence. That seems to be working just fine for us.

    E- I think you need to look up the definition of inflation considering that Australia currently has one of the best economy’s in the world. With our GDP being higher per capita than the UK, France and Germany to name a few, and is ranked fifth in the world in terms of per capita GDP.

    Please respond.

  35. cantgetmynameobert

    March 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    so you’re saying that taking away guns is bad cause it will increase knife attacks? I don’t know about you, but i would rather be stabbed with a knife than shot with a gun, at least when someone comes at you with a knife you have a better chance to run away. And drive by knifings are a lot less scary than drive by shootings

  36. Jc

    March 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Come on why so angry? Who cares what gun laws America has? It’s their right. Let them deal with it.

  37. CampbellM

    March 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Now that comparison is what is known as trying to make a square peg fit a round hole. Germany had a megalomaniacal sociopath as their political leader who had genocidal agenda. Outlawing guns had NOTHING to do with starting the second World War.

  38. Dave S

    March 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Billy, Billy, Billy. Tired old sad and useless argument. Guns make it far easier to kill, accidentally or intentionally. All your comment reveals is that you don’t understand facts or stats, and let the NRA do your thinking. Now go ahead and spout the other NRA-inspired nonsense that ‘laws don’t stop crime’, or the cute but simple-minded, ‘if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns’. Conservatives will say laws are a deterrent for all other crimes except gun-related crimes, imagine that.

  39. Dave

    March 8, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Utterly mental argument. It’s a lot harder to massacre a classroom full of kids with a piece of rope, or to kill dozens in a playground with a knife. There is zero argument to have such access to guns at all.

  40. Gray Hunter

    March 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Written in 1789-ish, the Second Amendment CLEARLY states that one, if they are in a militia, may own a flintlock…. so you may support the federal government repel the British when they come back to reclaim their colonies…. which they did in 1812. Period.

  41. Ken Thompson

    March 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I would like to see any proof that by eliminating the right of an individual to legally own and/or carry a firearm that action would eliminate the criminal element from having a firearm…BTW, this dude is freaking funny…and I’m a CHL holder with a lot of guns…but funny is funny!

  42. edmund Dworakowski

    March 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    If it wan’t for Americans and our guns, a-holes like you would be speaking Japanese…

  43. Carlton

    March 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Stabbing deaths aren’t through the roof. Knife crime has increased no doubt but stats clearly show that you are far FAR more likely to survive a knife crime. Also that the a knife criminal is far less likely to hurt multiple people. Further, many statistics are recovered by census from the victims. Dead victims don’t generally fill in census forms. Considering that less gun victims survive, and from memory there are over 100000 gun deaths in USA each year it’s no surprise that the stats are lopsided also.

  44. Dave Ebert

    March 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Gee… I think the US killed their anoriginal people first.

  45. Greg

    March 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    There’s much going on here, and I’ll give credit to Jefferies for understanding the advantage of playing this bit in a crucible. I’d suspect that most of those in attendance likely came in with no knowledge that any particular topic would be presented as an agenda. People tend to laugh more easily when hearing overtly oppositional statements directed at those who hold a view that’s contrary to their own, and the audience response seems primarily composed of “in your face” cheering and laughter from the relative position of safety afforded by a mob mentality.

  46. Andrew

    March 9, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Didn’t even make it past one min in before he told his biggest lie…Australia has had no massacre since 1996. someone should tell the victims of the Childers Palace Fire(15), Churchill Fire(10), Quakers Hill Nursing Home Fire (10) & the most recently Cairns stabbings (8 and all kids) All mass murder events using weapons found in any kitchen (knives and fire). Shootings in the same time period Monash University shooting (2) & Hectorville siege (3.

    I doubt gun laws have had any effect considering New Zealand had 6 Massacres from 1990 to 1997 and none since 1997 with no change to gun restrictions.

    He is a great comedian but like he said before 2 mins in ….he is not for bullshit arguments and lies ….well he should work on his wording because he got about 2/3 of his facts wrong so much so that it would be pages upon pages for me to list them all in his 15 min video so I stopped at 1.5 min.

  47. Erick Bruno

    March 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

    If I am not mistaken, didn’t the Japanese commit many atrocities in the Pacific and Asia, ie the Rape of Nanking? If we, the US, did not fight and bomb the hell out of Japan, Australia would have been absolutely annihilated by the Japanese. Your welcome for taking out the Nazi, Italians, and Japanese during WWII.

  48. jim

    March 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

    An argument often let out is..other countries also have a love for guns, switzerland and canada and gun crime seems not to be a problem over there, let alone school shootings. And to campbell above who says “Germany had a megalomaniacal sociopath as their political leader who had genocidal agenda. ” 3,2,1…bush? Obama? What are they if not bloodthristy megalomaniacs that think they must rule the world in as much as hitler did.
    The way the US is going i not only hope good americans keep their guns but i wish they started using them against their goverment sooner rather than later.

  49. Pat

    March 9, 2015 at 1:15 am

    How about the still racist culture in america, wiping out of the American Indians and racially motivated killings/segregation
    …people in glass houses

  50. Jake Menot

    March 9, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Yes the Australian Army and every army in the world has guns as well. Making them not available to the general public would have absolutely zero effect on the outcome of the war. So ughhh if it wasn’t for Amercians and your guns, there would be less unnecessary deaths and school shootings. And don’t worry we would still be speaking fluent English, unless i missed a page in the history book where we won the war because regular American citizens wielded firearms in there households, not because of the hard work and dedication of trained soldiers. You sir are an idiot……

  51. Jason Greig

    March 9, 2015 at 3:10 am

    The Japanese were defeated by the atomic bomb not guns. An invention of Albert Einstein (German) and Leo Szilard (Hungarian). Also no one has stated at any stage in these comments or the video that the military should not carry arms. You’re not very bright are you?

  52. Jaime Pattenden

    March 9, 2015 at 4:33 am

    That my friend is called a war. They weren’t your average civilians waving guns around…

  53. Dave

    March 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Simple, look at the countries that banned guns. in 2010/11, firearms were involved in 11,227 recorded offences in England and Wales, the seventh consecutive annual fall. That’s ALL firearms, including fake guns, toys, models, ball bearing guns and air rifles. Gun crime down year-on-year every year. Seems effective to me.

  54. Dave

    March 9, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I think you’ll find it was the army who won that war! It was also a German Jew who invented the nuclear bomb, and defected to the USA to help you defeat the Japanese, it wasn’t Redneck Ricky from Alabama, kissing his cousin, sitting on his porch with a shotgun.

  55. Dave S

    March 9, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Nice attempted ‘psychoanalysis’. But gun nuts (as opposed to normal gun owners), and the NRA are the real experts on ‘safety afforded by a mob mentality’. Maintaining that sort of group cohesion with fear-mongering, stupidity, and misinformation is an art form with them. And I suppose that public intimidation of others by grim-faced open-carry armed nutters does seem to be effective at shutting down any well-deserved open mocking of their often idiotic proposals, as well as any urgently needed reasonable discourse. “Playing this bit in a crucible’, is actually quite an ironic and BS turn of phrase when used to describe this, considering that public demonstrations and town meetings have been turned into ordeals or ‘crucibles’ (sic) by armed agitated Teabagger thugs in recent years..
    Yea, right, this ‘agenda’ eliciting a little ‘in your face’ cheering and laughter’ is just SOOO unreasonable, ‘cowardly’, mean, and ill-mannered as compared to the nutters’ in your face agenda and tactics. Give me a break.

  56. Paul

    March 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    In my country we would call that “setting a bad example’…

  57. Rootin Tootin Non gun Shootin!

    March 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Might have to ring the hospital to treat that burn Edmund……

  58. bonetired

    March 9, 2015 at 8:45 am

    This is probably the stupidest comment I have yet seen on this thread. “There weren’t any Australians until 10-20 years later”. Did the British magically vanish at that point and a wave of Australians suddenly appear? Somehow, I suspect that didn’t happen ………

  59. Chris T.

    March 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Umm…Tokyo #2 on a list of world’s most livable cities? Have you ever been to Tokyo?

  60. Peter

    March 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Germany? Please… After the treaty of Versailles, thanks to Clem’, Geor, & Wilson, Germany’s army was restricted to 100,000 men from over a million. Everyone of them armed. With threats for a socialist revolution, the Weimar Republic, to preserve the new democracy ordered ex service men to relinquish their weapons. Because – just maybe – they didn’t want the streets flooded with trigger angry & disillusioned vets. They are called the counter revolutions; Spartacist, Kapp, Munich -!all attempts to overthrow the Republic. So you would simplify it to: Gun control = Nazi Germany. Don’t sound so bloody stupid if you aren’t you muppet.

    And Brian, you wanna know where you went wrong? ‘I have a friend in Adelaide…’ Makes you an expert then I guess…

  61. Mark

    March 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

    When the Japanese tried to invade, had we not been here do you honestly think there would be any aboriginals left today? Get your head out of your ass, history is full of mistakes in all cultures on all continents, im not justifying what happened but be realistic and stop blaming people who were yet to be born for the actions of a few f#4kwits.

  62. Matt

    March 9, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Do you have ANY idea how hard it is to do a stabbing massacre?

  63. Matt

    March 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    That’d be a factual statement if it wasn’t for the fact that Germany Declaring war on Russia wasn’t the main deciding factor in the war.

  64. Sasha

    March 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

    First point -Australia is NOT Britain- and every country has it’s fair share of violence regardless of its wealth (or lack thereof) or gun laws. We have news channels that don’t tell us the whole story and we have derelict idiots who think it’s okay to hurt people but you can’t even TRY to claim that the USA does not have the same thing in spades.
    By “no right to bear arms” I’m sure of course that you mean we Australian citizens have no legal right to wilfully injure another human being in (almost) any circumstance -which, as you might imagine, we have no issue with.

    I’m not sure what world you’re living in, but freedom of speech is a basic human right, not something exclusive to the oh so self-righteous United States of America. This of course goes hand in hand with the so-called censorship, because I wouldn’t be able to claim my country exercises freedom of speech if they also sought to censor information. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen from time to time, but independent news channels like ABC or SBS can always be trusted to source the truth.

    As a person who has lived in many towns across the entire east coast of Australia -both suburban and rural areas -I can honestly tell you that you’ve been severely misinformed and I would advise you to check your facts before attacking another country.

    Please do not prove American stereotypes to be true, I would not like to become a person who agrees with them.

  65. namerequired

    March 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    He justified his reasoning actually. Stated that australia had made mistakes, however, that we had fixed the problem. America hasnt. Have you only just started being a dullard, or have you always been incapable of comprehension?

  66. Ben whittle

    March 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wasn’t me it was you!! Lol grow up the lot of you

  67. OS

    March 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    You’ve got to be joking. I live in Australia. There is violence everywhere. His point was made and it’s a great one. Guns don’t solve shit!

  68. OS

    March 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Damn right cantgetmynameobert.

  69. OS

    March 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Very true Tobias.

  70. OS

    March 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    LJSeinfeld. I don’t believe he is exaggerating at all. It’s the only excuse I hear. That’s what makes it sad/funny.

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  72. What

    March 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    By this logic we need to eliminate anything that results in more than 26 deaths at a time. Guess after guns Australia will be going after planes, trains and automobiles?

  73. Karen

    March 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Really Paul? How did you go from gun control to this? How far back do you want to go with people harming other people? Ancient history, it’s happened everywhere, times have changed, but bad people haven’t, we need to keep guns out of reach they do nothing but cause harm to innocent people.

  74. Nico

    March 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    That’s not exactly what happened in the war of 1812, the Americans initiated that war and attempted to invade Canada.

  75. Glenn

    March 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    It is..

  76. Chris Boehm

    March 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    He obviously hasn’t heard of a biometric safe. I can have mine open in seconds. Faster than I can dial 9-1-1 and wait for the police to show up.

  77. joe

    March 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I had rather shoot the one stabbing me

  78. doz

    March 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Sorry, Australia has no censorship, total freedom and inflation of around 1.5%. Not sure where you got your information. And virtually no-one we know has a gun – only farmers – and they don’t carry them around.

  79. Robert Powers Anderson

    March 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    just to add 2 more cents to all the great points being made. First I’d like to remove the issues of censorship, your belief that we have no freedom of speech and the issue of inflation from what you said. Those are unrelated and distracting issues, but issues that we are dealing with and when we review them we do look at how other countries do things and try to make our best educated movement on the issue. Moving on –

    Crimes like that (biker gang stabbings etc..), which are shared the world over, happen between criminals and criminals most of the time which is a completely separate issue. Yes they have mothers that love them and yes everyone has rights- we have to protect those people from themselves. That at least is correct.

    America, Australia and ALL the rest of humanity have that exact same problem. People want to fight for something they don’t have. But I think we can all say that since the creation of a legal system – that the majority want to move away from the neanderthal notion that its okay to club the next guy over the head with a rock to get the better cave.

    This is different to massacres with innocent bystanders having their life cut short on their way to work or some innocent kids playing in the playground. We don’t have that because kids don’t have access to automatic weaponry. And also as Jim Jefferies added, not every Bob, Dick & Harry can rock up to the store and catch a hot deal on one. It really removes 99.9% of the problem of accidental misfires, gunfights with both sides shooting, and massacres from uneducated, frustrated civilians trying to lash out, or deal with a social issue.

    The criminals vs criminals will always find a way to attack each other; if you take away their knives it will be their fists – at least we can stitch up a knife wound easier then put someones brains back inside their skull.
    But we have removed guns from the hands of all home-users, and consequently ended the danger that the immediate power of death has in the hands of every person.

    But America’s voters can’t view gun laws as a You vs Me issue. Australia enacted stricter gun laws and it worked for us. Do with that what you will. But it’s America’s issue – don’t worry about telling us not to have gun laws. Just think about the ballot paper in front of you. America should think about America’s future. Do your research, make an educated vote next time its raised as an issue not a selfish vote.

    Just imagine you have to manage a small colony of 100 people on a deserted island. You know there are people among the group of 100 that have social issues. Lets say its 5% and the rest are great. And you know that there are some people among the group that would do some dark things for a better tent. You want to give guns to the innocent people to protect themselves from those faceless villains. But your current beliefs say that you have to give a gun to everybody so now you also have to put a gun in the hand of the person with the motive, and the people with the social problems. Now you have a new problem with some of innocent people complaining to you that their kids borrowed their gun and shot themselves. Next you have a problem where a criminal named Bert blasted your wife Amy’s chin through her brain at the end of a rifle because she was fighting him off. Something that would have just been a fist fight before has turned in to your worst nightmare. At her funeral on the beach an angst teen turns up and mows down half the attendees with his gun because he hates Mondays. You look at your own gun in your tent think about how responsible you are with it as a leader and wonder why nobody else can manage it. You resolve to talk to the entire colony about it tomorrow and tell everyone to be more responsible and not be criminals and not have social issues but you know telling them this won’t work. You return your gun to its locked safe and slip in to bed where you can’t sleep. Somebody runs in to your tent and holds a gun to your face, tells you their family was just massacred and they don’t like the way you’re running things, they refer to their right to take up arms and fight the government if the government is bad. You reach for your gun but its locked up under your bed. The very reason you needed the guns, for protection, is out of reach. The last thing you see is the bright flash of light. Where did you go wrong?

    Meanwhile on another island they never found any guns and their leader is still alive. They’re discussing the crime and how they can resolve it. They’re attending to the person with social issues who only came flitting around with a knife and was easily subdued. Their kids didn’t blow their brains out, they don’t even know that sadness.

  80. Nate

    March 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Idiots like you are why we can’t have nice things

  81. Jordan InThe Cupboard

    March 10, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Actually it was the English who tried wiping out the Aboriginals so get your facts straight before you put your 2 cents in buddy

  82. Jordan InThe Cupboard

    March 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

    i’ll say this again because you Americans are the most ignorant bunch of people in the world and if you actually pick up a book and learn something about what you are talking about you would know that it was the English that commited those crimes

  83. Jamie Burns

    March 10, 2015 at 2:52 am

    ..don’t argue. didn’t you read? He knows a person in Adelaide!!!

  84. Scott

    March 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

    And don’t forget multiculturalism and freedom of religion. Beats America’s ‘freedom of speech unless it offends me or my beliefs’. A country where the most conservative politicians are called ‘Liberals’ and evolution is taught to schoolchildren without pretending creationism is a ‘reasonable alternative theory’. You’re right, it is terrific.

  85. sean

    March 10, 2015 at 5:47 am

    you all have done nothing to make anything better. talk all the s*** you want but in the end your doing nothing but s*** talking. get real or shut it!!!

  86. Chris Kyle

    March 10, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Recent Stupid wars? Have you seen Isis, hanging people in the streets, killing women, slicing throats of innocents. The world goes bad when good people fail to do anything. Go hug a tree.

  87. Lyn Gray

    March 10, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Of course he is, he’s a comedian. He does have a lot of good points though.

  88. Rhys

    March 10, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Seems to me that plenty of people have forgotten that gun control does not equal no guns. You simply need to be licensed to OWN a gun, and abide by laws relating to gun ownership.

  89. Bobby

    March 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Until our brilliant law enforcers are disarmed the US can’t ban guns, a very unfortunate truth. The general public just won’t be safe.

  90. Bobby Kendall

    March 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Super funny, but until our brilliant law enforcers are unarmed the general needs the 2nd amendment, an unfortunate truth. The general public would not be safe, not that they’re safe now but it would be even worse.

  91. Greg

    March 10, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Jefferies is an entertainer and businessman who’s found an effective way to push buttons that evoke a strong emotional response. It’s obvious that he’s pushed yours to the degree that you’re squarely in his cheering section. If you want to know what is Jefferies core motivation (or of the NRA), just follow the dollars.

  92. Joseph W. Egan

    March 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    This guy is a friggen idiot.

  93. brett smith

    March 11, 2015 at 12:28 am

    William you seem like one of the more intelligent people on here!! Getting rid of gun’s from law abiding citizen’s is Not the answer. It’s easy to stand up there and give out reason’s without anyone giving opinion’s!!

  94. tiggy

    March 11, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Wow. The zealots continue to prove the comedian right. Attack the homeland of the messenger to discredit him and the good points he made. Compare rope as a weapon to assault rifles. Colourful misleading language about knife deaths in Brittain. Perhaps part of the 10%? Watch the video again

  95. Karl Hungus

    March 11, 2015 at 6:37 am

    All of you protected cunts, STFU.

  96. catwoman (@sueq2306)

    March 11, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Don’t talk rubbish! Americans killed way more Indians than Aussies killed abo’s. There was a war..not genocide. We won, so we have to work our gutz out to keep them ..

  97. catwoman (@sueq2306)

    March 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

    He’s full of it. There a still plenty of guns here and easy to get one if you want one. Probably not AK47’s, and handguns are harder to obtain… but a 303 will blow your head off just as quick. Lots did hand in their old guns during the govt buy back but plenty more didn’t. And lots of us would love a handgun for protection..but if you’re caught with one it’s jail for you. Anyway..I’m Australian and I’ve never heard of this bloke. :/ Don’t give up your guns Americans…Iraq might be in a different state if the people had been armed. Instead they were a massive pushover for ISIS.

  98. Joe

    March 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    1. It appears you did not watch the video.
    2. Have you read how many teachers have already accidentally discharged their weapons in class? Protecting CHILDREN?
    3. It takes many hours of training to learn how to handle a gun, not counting how one would respond during an intruder lockdown.

    The idea is so ludicrous is isn’t funny, but I expect that from the gun lobby.

  99. Dave S

    March 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Greg, man of ‘profound insight’: LOL. Right…. Jefferies has ‘pushed my buttons’ and manipulated me……made me one of his ‘mob’……because he’s out for dollars…. ….through the Internet…….just like the NRA. Got it. OMG. What a cynical twat you are, buzz off.

  100. Woody Morgan

    March 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Most people seem to believe there are no guns in Australia. Sure automatic and semi automatic firearms are banned, but if licensed as a sport or recreational shooter and have genuine reason on a permit to acquire application you can still purchase anything from a .17 air rifle to a .338 lapua. To buy a firearm may take 2 weeks as opposed to getting one now over the counter (no harm in that). As long as you adhere to the laws regarding safe storage and transport etc you have no problem being a firearm enthusiast. As an Aussie and a genuine recreational shooter I have to say I support the Australian gun laws. The license process at least provides some level of accountability. Just my thoughts.

  101. Tim

    March 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    July 2014 Inflation rates Australia 3% and US 2%…………….although not sure how this got into the gun argument. Maybe guns hold their value and are a good hedge !!!!

  102. Rusty Station

    March 12, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Your severe ignorance of Australia is showing and your comments are completely false.

    Grow up you ignoramus (Google this word as you probably won’t understand it).

  103. Jenna

    March 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Mass shooting truthers. Horrible.

  104. John Allen

    March 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Brilliant take on gun legislation! Great to see the 10% know how to use the Internet! Guns are bad, period! Dumb asses!!

  105. Jenna

    March 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I am a gun-violence reporter in NYC – there are very few of us devoted solely to gun violence, which might surprise you given that 33,000 people die each year from it, and 150,000 are injured. 2nd Amendment activists discount the 19,000 who shoot and kill themselves, because, I guess, they were hellbent on ending it. But 86 percent of suicide attempts using guns end in death, compared to 2 percent of attempts using drugs. They also discount gang deaths, because they’re criminals and just shooting each other anyway…? There are accidental shootings, kids shooting kids and their parents and siblings, but the rest of the shooting injuries and deaths come from arguments, often fueled by alcohol, and domestic shootings. The fringe activists always say, “Cars kill more people.” As if 33,000 is an acceptable sacrifice. And anyway, in some states gun deaths already eclipse car deaths, and that will soon be the case nationwide.

    It is comforting to hear what you think of the gun violence and the proliferation of guns here in the U.S. From what I have learned, there’s a fringe element in the States that distrusts the federal government and seriously believes the president will order our troops to fire upon civilians who do not turn over their guns. They are afraid of being put on “lists” of registered gun owners – there’s a lot of anxiety around lists. Yet in New York City, for instance, the list of those who have handgun permits is public record and can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act. In areas where getting a gun is much easier, background check records are destroyed after 36 hours and there’s no universal registration of handguns, thanks to the NRA, which bullies Congress – some states don’t require you to register a gun at all. The most ardent #2A believers walk around grocery stores with guns on their holsters. Believe me when I say that many Americans are put off by the sight of weapons in everyday life, and I have heard from people who flee stores where they see someone carrying openly. Guns are aggressive, and the right wing doesn’t understand that. Even our Supreme Court ruled that gun rights are not unlimited and you can’t carry a gun anytime for whatever purpose – and that was our most conservative judge! – but they believe our rights should be unfettered by regulation. Which is interesting, because our 1st Amendment is limited – just try staging a protest in NYC without getting arrested.

    But this fringe is 14% of U.S. gun owners. They are vocal, but they are small. The vast majority of our country’s 100 million gun owners, the ones who don’t talk about guns all day every day or build their online identities around their love of guns, truly believe in gun safety and want background checks at every gun show, and the cessation of private sales through online sites and classifieds, which are rarely ever sent to the Feds for a background check.

    How did Australia, which reminds me of the U.S. in many ways, react to the tightened gun laws? If it happened here, the fringe would open fire. Only 32% of Americans own a gun, down from 40% a few decades ago, and 65% of them own the 310 million guns in circulation. So there are more guns in fewer hands. These people are afraid – they believe they will be carjacked or raped at any time and are always on guard. Never mind the fact that someone can surprise you, take your gun and use it against you. The more progressive parts of the country don’t live their lives in fear. In NYC, I am grateful people don’t walk around with holstered guns. The playing field is level. We have very few shootings compared to cities like Chicago – where guns flow in from neighboring Indiana, which has lax gun laws.

    Is there anything there like our fringe element here? What #2A activists don’t know, or care to know, is that the NRA and other gun lobbies sue cities to overturn their gun ordinances and cannibalize gun regulation. Give them facts without any trace of attitude and they call you a troll and a dipshit. Someone remarked that Gabby Giffords, an American Congresswoman shot in the line of duty, should be euthanized because she’s being used as a puppet for the “gun-grabbers.”

    Anyway, it’s good to hear sanity. We’ve become numb to the gun violence here.

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  107. adrian

    March 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Sorry mate. We have more freedom of speech than you can imagine, we are always verbal about our government and free to do so, there is no censorship at all, inflation is about 1% per year and you are allowed to get a gun. Not to mention we have free comprehensive healthcare and government subsidised university for all people regardless of their economic background. You clearly know nothing about australia.

    Regards

    A born and bred australian

  108. scrappysue

    March 13, 2015 at 1:14 am

    nice blame shift

  109. William

    March 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    It’s real simple. If you don’t like guns, then don’t own one.

  110. M.Hudson

    March 13, 2015 at 8:16 am

    How can you talk about Australia’s Inflation, This coming from a person who’s countries economy is stuffed,and keeps going backwards. If history is correct , it was the greed of American a Corporations that stuffed the entire worlds economy……

    You obviously have not even set a foot in this Australia , we have free speech , yes we have crime, but no where near your crime rate ,how many murders were in australia last year?? How many were in America ??

    Yeah let’s criticise another country and make it sound bad just to make yourself feel better your Your own

    Enjoy food stamps and martial law ,

    Australia’s Economy is in better shape than what Americas is , and will be better than what Yours will be for years…..

    So don’t bag a country you obviously know nothing about …

  111. M.Hudson

    March 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Ha Ha Ha,
    You say what, we’d be speaking Japanese,Where did your heroic General McCarthur run to before the fall of The Phillipines , what separates him From his safe haven in Brisbane Australia, Australian Soldiers and a place called New Guinea, the Kokada Trail ,research it you knob, before you make statements, did I mention McCarthur left all the allied soldiers in the Phiilipene’s to become POW’s…

    Lucky the Aussies held of the japs on the kokada trail, Our Maybe you too would be speaking Japanese…

  112. Roger McLennan

    March 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Wow, there is no censorship in Australia, no restriction on freedom of speech, low or no inflation and no right to bear arms. It is terrific

  113. Morgan Williams

    March 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

    @Mark Hormann

    This isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, this is the pot kicking down your door and calling you a very rude word.

  114. Shawn

    March 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    The Australian police carry guns, yet the general (unarmed) public are safe. Why can’t the same apply in the U.S.? If you’re alluding to the fact that the law enforcement can’t be trusted, then that’s a whole other problem. It’s still not a valid argument to keep your citizens armed to the back teeth. Conversely, how many armed citizens have saved themselves from being gunned down by your untrustworthy force by killing a cop in self defense with their constitutionally rightful firearm? Seems like a faulty argument to me.

  115. Ralph Indigo

    March 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The NRA is nothing more than a lobby for gun manufacturers.

  116. Mav

    March 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Nah, don’t think so. The writers of USA constitution envisioned a bold new world ruled by the people. Why not have one of those people simply become King? Good luck to them if they could subjugate an armed populace.

  117. Mav

    March 13, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    My understanding is that the qualifier is minimize not eliminate.

  118. Nawaz

    March 13, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Slaves! You had slaves. You took them from another land. Heeeeeelllllloooo! Very big glass house not white.

  119. Mr Willy

    March 14, 2015 at 4:17 am

    That last comment comes from somebody who is intellectually ignorant. The invasion of the Japanese mainland was estimated to cost 1,000,000+ lives. I won’t even get into the political ramifications of the USSR becoming involved and seizing land

  120. Bruce

    March 14, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Regulation of guns in the US should be approached as a national health issue — 2/3 of the gun deaths each year are from suicides and accidental deaths. We’ve had tremendous success in the US over the last several decades reducing traffic fatalities by legislating safety standards (seat belts) and also reducing drunk driving (MADD).

  121. M.Maurer 73

    March 14, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Most notably at the top of his head.

  122. william mccall

    March 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    the aboriginal deaths in australia were committed by the english invaders think about it

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  124. steve

    March 15, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Some people are more afraid of guns, than the murders.

  125. Jay

    March 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Americans, being ignorant like always. Open your eyes.

  126. dcangelo

    March 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    It’s a great idea. I trust the teachers and administrators at my kid’s school. If they are trained to handle a firearm and they would like to carry one, I’m all for it. We’re never going to elminate guns. We spent billions of dollars on “the war on drugs” and how did that work out? So the more good people who have a gun and carry, the better.

  127. dcangelo

    March 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The left loves discrediting America at every turn, but it’s hilarious how they defend cultures where children are being raped and brutalized. That’s the left. They’re “zany” to say the least. Congratulations.

  128. dcangelo

    March 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    anoriginal. LMFAO.

  129. Ken

    March 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I guess some people learn from their mistakes and others don’t.

  130. Michael Powers

    March 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Nope. Your spiders are waaaay too big. Koalas aren’t enough to compensate for that. I’m not even gonna talk about the ants.

  131. Claire

    March 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    This is a joke surely. Australia has no problematic censorship laws beyond deformation, it has freedom of speech and inflation is well within the rate of sustainable growth. Also at least australia doesn’t have 3 school shootings a year, and even if someone gets stabbed they can get it treated without a $100k hospital bill

  132. Dylan

    March 17, 2015 at 3:48 am

    The gun culture in America is simply disgusting. I have lived here my entire life, and I have never once needed a gun to defend myself, and I ran in some very dangerous circles when I was young. That is simply self-serving bullshit fueled by fear mongering.
    And by the way, Australia was never seriously considered for invasion by the Japanese, and they would most likely have surrendered within days without the bomb.
    The US is a great place, full of decent people, and can’t be judged by this issue alone.

  133. mark

    March 17, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Good for you Chris! Help yourself to a gold star out of petty cash!

  134. RaYrAy

    March 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Might want to reword your name for native Australians catwoman, that term is about as popular as the N word in Amurica…..

    Just sayin’

  135. RaYrAy

    March 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Is there another Australia i dont know about? Inflation thru the roof? Where? 4% unemployment approx (and whingers still whinge about that!) No freedom of speech? Ha! We say what we choose but we know we are open to criticism if its stupid (like “more guns = less shootings etc) No “right” to bare arms….. well yup we have no right to be shot up evertime a loony is upset.

    Oh and the only real problem we have with the “bikies” we have bugger all of them, the issues we do have with them are mainly media beat ups.

    Me thinks your friend from Adelaide (lol adelaide) is a bit of a drama queen…..

  136. RaYrAy

    March 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Bah ha ha, and tellus what regiment were you.in with your gun?
    Tell us how giving everybody guns in the country in 2015 is saving us from the Japanese in the war??

  137. RaYrAy

    March 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Very well said.

    Australia, to me, seemed to take the gun restriction enthusiastically. Of course there was a fringe element of “who protects us from the government?” But that was minimal and toothless.

    I think the big difference is that Australians have a trust in our police and military and we are aware of enough of our legislation and parliamentary procedure to know there are way to many cheques and balances to allow a rogue government to start slaughtering us………and if all else fails, the Queen of England simply fires them. Lol

    Trust our authorities -we put them there

    Engage in politics – they are under OUR control.

    Maybe the mandatory voting we have helps ppl trust our govt as we are directly involved.

  138. Dave

    March 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    For William it is simple. we don’t like anyone can access guns particularly assault weapons. Read Jenna’s comments for the consequence and secondly how lobby groups and zealots justify it. Dylan – I think the japs were serious in ww2 but the Indonesians never wanted to invade us. But if our idiot prime minister keeps unwittingly insulting them they might

  139. Jenna

    March 19, 2015 at 2:45 am

    If this country gets to be too much – if I didn’t live in NYC I’d have left long ago – I tell myself I have three options: Canada, Australia or NZ. Europe’s got too much upheaval right now. Maybe Scandinavia.

  140. Jenna

    March 19, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Mandatory voting? If only! On the contrary, they don’t WANT people to vote here. People of color. “They” being the Republicans, who do the bidding of big business. Because if every eligible person of color voted, they’d vote Democrat because the other option would leave them homeless. (A quarter of children in this country are food insecure, and food aid keeps getting cut. Guess whose taxes never go up, though!)

    So they give everyone one day to vote, a workday, for 10 hours. You can go at 6am or after work, but not if you work past 8 p.m. Minimum wage workers are not compensated for the day of work they missed. We used to have a couple of weeks of early voting because the lines were hours long – to vote! In the “best country in the world”! – but they scaled that back because it was too successful. And that wasn’t in every state, either – just the ones that opted in. Voting should be on a weekend, but disenfranchisement requires a deadline.

    When it’s everyone for himself, there is no sense of community. We are afraid of our neighbors. We have no real social safety net if we ever need it. We don’t have mat or paternity leave. Any job training comes from kind-hearted nonprofits, of which there are many. The far right is still trying to roll back the New Deal, and that was passed 80 years ago. The reason we don’t have universal, single-payer healthcare? Because Republicans believe you should make your own way in the world, even though a cared-for society betters everyone. You see, they WANT a permanent underclass here. Corporations WANT to pay a hardworking Mexican immigrant 25 cents an hour because it saves them money. But who do their brainwashed followers fix their hatred on? Someone who, in an effort to make a better life for his/her family, braves insane desert conditions, coyotes (human smugglers) who rip them off and keep them in indentured servitude for years, a trigger-happy border patrol, navigating without knowing the native language, forging identification papers, living in constant fear of getting caught, and working like a dog so their kids – who speak fluent English – can become educators and doctors and small business owners. These people are the epitome of BRAVERY, and the far right extremists want them deported one by one, as if such a thing is even possible. Um, we stole the land we live on! And half of Mexico! And it is wasn’t for the billions of taxes they contribute to the public till while taking very little out because they can’t receive entitlements, Social Security would have gone under in 2009. They keep up afloat, and these idiots are too dense and closed-minded to better themselves with a newspaper.

    Long story short, you can vote by mail-in ballot in a couple of states in the Pacific northwest – an intelligent, progressive, highly evolved region, by the way – but there are too many people in this country who benefit from a partial democracy. And anyway, a third of eligible voters don’t vote.

  141. Dave

    March 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    In Australia we have a need for cars planes and trains and we have laws to reduce nuts and idiots from causing harm to others. Similarly we balance the need for people to have guns, what sort of guns, how instantly angry people can gey them and the related risks to innocent people. What impresses me is you actually uses the word logic on your comment
    Cheers Dave

  142. Dave

    March 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Ur a smart logical woman Jenna and love your. Vocation

  143. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 6:46 am

    No, it’s not, knucklehead. Get your facts straight.

  144. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 6:51 am

    TEACHERS IN AMERICA DON’T CARRY GUNS IN CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    jesus, get your facts straight.

  145. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Not all Americans are in favor of guns, cheese d*ck. Especially semi-automatic weaponry. You can thank the NRA and lobbyists for that. Obviously you know nothing about America or its political machine. So just stay on the bottom of the world and stfu about things you know nothing about.

  146. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Thank you for putting it in context, Dylan. Your last sentence says it all. America-bashing borne of jealousy is SO yesterday. Who gives a flying f*ck what some twerp on the bottom of the world thinks, anyway. They never have the facts straight, so why even read their drivel?

  147. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Said the dopey kid not even out of his teens. GTFOH with that shiite. Get back to me when you grow some hair on your balls. America? Ignorant? What? Are you high????

  148. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Some corrections regarding voting that you missed, Jenna:

    Early Voting: In 33 states and the District of Columbia, any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required.

    Absentee Voting: All states will mail an absentee ballot to certain voters who request one. The voter may return the ballot by mail or in person. In 20 states, an excuse is required, while 27 states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering an excuse. Some states offer a permanent absentee ballot list: once a voter asks to be added to the list, s/he will automatically receive an absentee ballot for all future elections.

    Mail Voting: A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary), and the state does not use traditional precinct poll sites that offer in-person voting on Election Day. Three states use mail voting.

    I am well aware of the poor and indigents treatment by electoral officials (and the right), but there are ways to cast your ballot outside of the one election day. While that is a problem, it pales in comparison to plain old voter apathy. And I don’t care WHAT country you look at, the voting public is woefully uninformed – or worse, misinformed – on the issues. Anyone disagreeing with that last statement is just flat wrong.

  149. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Comparing two countries’ – on opposite ends of the earth, no less – gun laws is about as apples and oranges as it gets. Culture, history, et al, all go into the equation. Whether or not one is for or against firearm regulation makes no difference in that.

  150. John Ballard

    March 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    “Openly”

  151. Ash Brown

    March 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Hello all, I am pro gun and I’ve got a question that I’ve asked numerous times, but yet to receive an answer. So here it goes.

    Little unknown fact. At some NBA, NHL, MLB and I think NFL games, also dependent on which state, people are not searched upon entry. Bags for some reason are, but you are not physically searched.

    So my question is, at these ball games and sporting events, where you do have alcohol consumption, rivalry and firearms. How is it possible that these aren’t massacres as well?

    Anyone???

  152. Nancy J

    March 21, 2015 at 4:30 am

    See http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2013/01/violent_crime_rose_after_gun_b.html

    “This man ….. state(s) Australia had no increase in violent crime after a gun ban. Not true. The Australian Bureau of Criminology states its murder rate in 2006 with firearms was the highest ever at 16.3 percent. The ban started in 1997.

    Also since the ban, here are the crime increases:

    In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent, robbery 6.2 percent, sexual assault/rape 29.2 percent and overall crime rose 42.2 percent. Those numbers are quite a startling difference from ”virtually eliminating gun deaths and no substantial increase in violent crime.” And since the ban, Australian women are raped three times more often than American women. Using Australia as an model to lead people into a false sense of security that an anti-gun policy could create a safer society is an injustice.”

    He stated Americans were ‘precious’ about the second amendment. I think what we feel is that Life is precious! Our life! Our children’s lives! We don’t expect the police to do the impossible and prevent crime! We have the right to defend ourselves with a gun if our life is at stake and the right to speak out with words as I have done here!

    It has become popular these days to criticize the USA and Americans who uphold their right to bear arms. This man has fallen in line with this stance. I appreciate comedy that is based on truth! He has spoken very little truth! Do the research before you mimic those who obviously haven’t!

  153. Dave

    March 22, 2015 at 3:51 am

    LOL. Funny that I can’t find any stats remotely resembling what you’ve quoted Nancy. We don’t even have an Australian Bureau of Crimilogy but we do have an Australian Institue of Criminolgy and its stats justify the comedians comments. Careful research/reporting?? Further in Aus sexual aussault includes a broad range of conduct as opposed to rape and aussault includes a very broad range of conduct including verbal threats and abuse so your conclusions are bewildering. I think there is much correlation between who close to the mark the comedian was and the outrage and desperate responses

  154. Dave

    March 22, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Curious question Ash. Not sure of your inference or relevance

  155. Dave

    March 22, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Thank God they don’t john Ballard. I think the point was that some gun advocates were advocating that arming teachers is the solution to school massacres. Yep getting facts right is important

  156. Dave

    March 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Not sure what map you are looking at. You should watch the video again and actually listen with an open mind

  157. Dave

    March 22, 2015 at 4:12 am

    She might not have included your minor detail John but I don’t see where she was wrong and needed “correction”

  158. Louisa Lemon

    March 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah but those ‘English’ didn’t go back to England -they stayed and became Australian. Like the guy said they didn’t go home and then a group of people appear and call themselves Australian!!! Likewise in America – they were ‘settlers’ so became Americans (incidentally settlers came from many countries not just England). Although like most countries that have been around for a long, long time we have blood on our hands. But wait who are theEnglish, after all England was invaded by the Romans (Italy), Vikings (Norway/Denmark/Sweden) and the Gauls (France)

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  160. Nibby

    March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    My two cents…. Post sandy hook massacre conneticut state adopted gun laws much like those in Australia…

  161. Dave

    March 25, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Thank God for that. A step in the right direction. But the effect is limited by the laws in neighbouring states. If an angry nutter or a red-neck that doesn’t like the laws can take a short drive across the state border and come back with a stash of aussault wepons you still have a problem. Still a great step forward.

  162. The Ice Man Cometh

    March 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Speak on it!

  163. The Ice Man Cometh

    March 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    It would seem to me that the “English” who were the “Original” terrorist, have been a very busy people. And should be held accountable for their atrocities as well as our US government. This coutry was build on the sweat, back and blood of slaves and others. But the foringiener who found a country that was never lost, killed millions of natives. And no one has ever stood trial. For the millions of blacks murder, no one was ever held accountable. My second amendment constitutional right to bare arm’s whether taken or not, being a retired soldier gives me that right. I want my 40 acres and a 3500 pick-up, Damn a mule…

  164. Dave

    March 27, 2015 at 3:16 am

    so Icedman are you saying damn the next batch of kids to be killed in a school massacre? What about retired soldiers with PTSD? Are they good people to be amred with aussaut weapons?

  165. Gezza

    March 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Only third world counties are jealous of America – for its money, controlled by the few. Sad to say most everybody else thinks you’re an insular,selfish and silly country, who can’t properly govern themselves – and don’t look after your own people. Guns, not amending the second amendment, is just one example of where you’ve got so stuck in the past, you can’t see how obviously stupid you really look – right now. And John Ballard your own particular inbred views and arrogant style of commentary show what a challenge it is for good folk in America to get informed discussion and progress on real American challenges and opportunities. The comedian was spot on. A lot of his skit was about YOU.

  166. Steven Tucker

    April 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Tobias – of course, while America finished the job quite willingly, it was also the Brits who decided to wipe out the Native Americans. Like Aussies, we was Brits before we become us!

    And to Bonetired below – Yes, sarcasm aside, you pretty much described the reality of secession from the Crown.

    In the USA, a piece of paper was signed by a few dozen men in 1776, and – like magic! – suddenly there were no Brits! Americans just appeared out of nowhere! Just like that…

    It was the damnedest thing…

  167. mark

    April 8, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Get off the ice catwoman!

  168. V

    April 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Don’t give people ideas, Ash!

  169. Mike

    June 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    With a gun.

  170. Blue

    June 22, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Need to address the real problem….mental health…it’s totally broken

  171. ellyredhot

    June 22, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Right on Andrew!!! and I don’t even think he’s a great comedian myself, Let them keep their laws and we here in USA will keep our guns!!!! We’ll see who comes out on top!

  172. Nico

    June 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    No one is qualified to use guns against terrorists or mass murderers but the most highly trained swat teams… Teachers are NOT cut out for this. The number of incidents due to the guns the teachers would bring to school (kids stealing them, teachers being scared by menacing kids and killing them) would outnumber the saves they’d make in case of a real attack…

  173. Nico

    June 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Yes but can you run to it before a murderer catches you in bed ? If you can buy a biometric safe you should be able to buy a good safety system for your house… Murderers won’t go through the trouble of deactivating such devices, like he said “how many enemies do you got ?”.

  174. Nico

    June 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    lol you’re kidding right ? Australia’s violence is a huge far cry from America’s… You can go home safely late at night in all cities in Australia. Try doing that in LA, Chicago, Paris, Manchester or Moscow…

  175. ryangreyphoenix

    June 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Yes because teachers won’t snap. They don’t get angry, lose their cool, or anything like that.

    Teaching someone how to use a gun doesn’t ensure they will know WHEN to use one. Just imagine that a teacher pulls a gun on a student or another teacher over something stupid because they’ve been given the false sense of empowerment.

    What about a student getting their hands on that gun.

    We need to raise better people instead of giving weapons to more people.

  176. ryangreyphoenix

    June 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    You Americans do realize that considering how many schools there are in America versus how many have had random shootings is important right. it doesn’t warrant adding MORE guns to the scenario.

    You also realize that a trained gunman doesn’t prevent accidents, stupid decisions made by a tired teacher, or prevent a stressed or overworked teacher from using that gun to prove a point. First time a teacher points a gun at an unarmed student there will be hell to pay. I mean…look at our police force that is trained to use a gun.

    You don’t hand guns to everyone and expect that to solve the problem. You also don’t stop with gun control. You have to start getting people in the right mindset. We argue way too much in America and we are not as smart as we like to think we are. Tempers + ignorance = bad combo for a gun owner.

    And please…remember…the NRA blamed the pastor of the Charleston Church shooting for the massacre. He said the pastor should have been packing.

    Geez, anyone who has opinions that line up with the NRA needs to have their head examined.

  177. ryangreyphoenix

    June 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    And how often have you had a reason to use it? How many break-in’s do you have while you’re at home? You also have to assume that you’ll be near your biometric safe.

    And he’s right. We aren’t THAT important that people are after us all the time…and I say that after having someone come after me and my family when I was a kid.

  178. ellyredhot

    June 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Good point.

  179. Robert

    June 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I Used a gun to save my life and a woman’s life … It didn’t make the news …

  180. KO

    June 23, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Why don’t you look at some real stats, post the number of automobile deaths and you will see it far out numbers firearms deaths.
    anyone for banning automobiles? Didn’t think so.

  181. Dave

    June 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    some safes can open very quickly. when you think about it, the average police response time is 10 min. a lot can happen in 10 minutes. The reason guns are in the constitution is because our founding fathers wanted people to revolt if our government ever became corrupt.

  182. Nico

    June 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Well there’s plenty of corruption in the system. During the watergate did you guys rise up ? No, the president resigned. Good investigative journalism is better than guns… America and its guns feels like a retarded country to the rest of the world. There are shooting ranges in Europe, and gun passionates, they just have clubs and permits… And you can hunt too, what do you know… It’s hard not to wonder whether you guys keep your guns because you’re all (well, half of you) not educated/informed enough.

  183. Nico

    June 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Well at least all the blue states should adopt laws like that. You should also prevent people from carrying guns in federal land, such as National Parks.

  184. Peter Jennings

    June 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    How on earth would guns have prevented an arsonist? And as for the Cairns stabbings, do you actually know what happened? If you did you’d know that the kids were fed sleeping pills and murdered as they slept. Having guns wouldn’t have helped them!
    In any case he was talking about gun massacres, so no idea why you’d bring up such nonsensical comparisons. I really fear for the sanity of gun nuts.

  185. Healthier Tips

    July 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    From the fine people that brought you the genocide of the American Aboriginals. Yeh right, pppaul. (

  186. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:01 am

    brian esser get yo facts right. We have bikers legislated out of existence in QLD and the collateral damage are all the good bikers who can be steamrolled for going for a sunday ride in more than a group of 3. Crimes down, police clean up rates are pretty good, not excellent and we have one of the most stable economies in the world, if not the best. I am a licenced gun owner, I live in the best country in the world, I can write and say what I like without getting shot in the street by some loud mouthed gun toting uneducated redneck.

    Try visiting Australia before Lip Dribbling.

    All friends with positive friendly attitudes welcome. Have a GR8 day ;-))

  187. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Got ya back dave but he wont comprehend how good Oz is an he deserves to be where he is with a peon opinion of our gr8 lsland ;-))

  188. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Australia has no problematic censorship laws beyond deformation, lol, hey claire bear, the word is defAmation ole buddy, but she’ll be right mate ;-)). Hold On, deformation?? Are you referring to brians cerebral ability to interpret our land of Oz?? Rrigghhtt, Gotcha.

  189. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:31 am

    an I got Bare arms, cos its Straya an sunny. 😉

  190. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Slagging off Australia is fun says dave who seems to have a cerebral cleft palate and is about as bang on correct as bwians bwain and I think you’ll find they aren’t slaughtering American Aborigines much nowadays so they use their idle time stalking around schools to identify new victims.
    Grow up the pair of you and concentrate on cleaning up your own back yard.
    Ours is spotless compared to your rubble.

  191. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:49 am

    And drive by knifings are a lot less scary than drive by shootings. chuckle, lol;
    Yep along with the sky rocketing recession, Bikie invasions, Gag Police squads and only being allowed to read bibles due to our excessive censorship laws; Drive by stabbings are predicted to rise in Adelaide.
    Apparently ??

  192. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Bang on Dave, I may have misunderstood you B4, I withdraw the “cerebral cleft palate” comment. My apologies 🙁

  193. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Konitchiwa Ahso, Arigatu bur I fink arrigator an clocodile wu eat bad japanese invader an he not get past darwin harbour into north austraya jungles, so we not need Dworakowski san guns.. So suggest he stick dem where rising sun not shine. Arigatu

  194. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

    it wasn’t Redneck Ricky from Alabama, kissing his cousin, sitting on his porch with a shotgun. Ha Ha Ha, Feckin exaccary ;-))

  195. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 1:22 am

    The kids cool an he aint no dope dipshit, he picked you for being ignorant like always. Open your eyes an shut yo mouth.

    Get back to me when you grow some hair on your balls.
    AT LEAST HIS BALLS WORK NUMBNUTS.

  196. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I tell myself I have three options: Canada, Australia or NZ. Very smart lady, but maybe Australia, NZ then Canada. All good options, but you sound like Australia needs you and your sanity. :-))

  197. Healthier Tips

    July 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    And since the ban, Australian women are raped three times more often than American women.
    YOUR A SICKO NANCY, thats absolute bullshit with no factual data.
    Do the research before you mimic those who obviously haven’t!

  198. Marc Joyce

    August 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Weirdest comments ever. Talk about missing the point. And being distracted by irrelevance. Get back to the issue at hand. The facts are that guns are used to kill about ten times more people in America per capita than in any other developed country. And apparently more than half of you agree. But you don’t do anything about it. I’m sorry but that’s just crazy. And until you do something about it, massacres like Sandy Hook will happen again and again and again and that’s just incredibly sad.

    So if you have had enough, do something. Or you could immigrate. We like most Americans ( the ones who aren’t gun nuts!) and there’s plenty of room.

  199. Ash

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