Australia & Gun Control's Aftermath

  • Aired:  04/25/13
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John Oliver learns that it's pointless for America to study the Australian gun control experience because the situations are just too similar. (6:30)

WE CONTINUE TONIGHT OUR SERIES

FROM AUSTRALIA.

JOHN OLIVER LEARNED THAT

FOLLOWING A MASS SHOOTING IN

STRAUL, THE COUNTRY INTRODUCED

GUN CONTROL, AND IT WORKED.

SO HOW CAN AMERICA TAKE THIS

VALUABLE LESSON AND IGNORE IT?

JOHN OLIVER FINDS OUT IN THIS,

OUR FINAL INSTALLMENT.

>> PREVIOUSLY I WENT TO STRAUL

WHEN I LEARNED IN 1996 THEIR

GOVERNMENT ENACTED SWEEPING GUN

CONTROL LAWS.

THE RESULT-- REDUCED GUN

VIOLENCE AND ZERO MASS

SHOOTINGS.

SO ARE THERE ANY LESSONS FOR

AMERICA HERE?

VIRGINIA GUN ADVOCATE HAS A

CLEAR ANSWER.

>> WE'RE NOT AUSTRALIA.

IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT CULTURE,

DIFFERENT PEOPLE, DIFFERENT

EVERYTHING.

>> THERE'S NO SIMILARITY WITH

AUSTRALIA.

AUSTRALIA IS A FORMER BRITISH

COLONY WITH A WORLD FRONTIER

THAT WAS TAMED BY BRAVE MEN WHO

ALSO WIPED OUT ALMOST AN ENTIRE

INDIGENOUS POPULATION, AND WE

ARE?

NOT SIMILAR TO THAT, RIGHT?

>> RIGHT.

>> RIGHT.

BECAUSE UNLIKE AUSTRALIA, WE

AMERICANS KNOW WHEN THE GUNS ARE

TAKEN AWAY, TYRANNY INEVITABLY

FOLLOWS.

>> THE FOUNDING FATHERS KNEW

THAT GOVERNMENTS TEND TO GROW

BEYOND THEIR MEANS.

IN AMERICA, WE'RE STEPPING IN

THE DIRECTION OF A POLICE STATE.

>> IS THAT REALLY HAPPENING,

PHILLIP, OR IS THAT SOME KIND OF

CRAZY PARANOIA?

>> WE HAVE POLICE.

THEY'RE NOW WEARING NINJA SUITS

IF YOU WILL.

YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY'RE

POLICE NECESSARILY.

THEY HAVE THE BLACK MASKS ON AND

EVERYTHING.

>> IT ISN'T CRAZY PARANOIA.

YOU'RE FRIGHTENED ABOUT NINJA

POLICE.

>> NINJA POLICE, YES.

>> YEAH, NINJA POLICE.

>> YES.

>> SADLY WITHOUT ACCESS TO

SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS,

AUSTRALLIANS WOULDN'T BE A THING

ABOUT REAL FREEDOM.

>> BLOODY EARTH IS FOR FREE.

WE'RE SITTING HERE DOING

WHATEVER WE WANT.

EVERYBODY IS JUST HANGING OUT

AND HAVING A GOOD TIME.

>> PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THE SAME

CONCERNS ANY MORE ABOUT GETTING

GUNNED DOWN WHEN THEY'RE IN A

TOURIST RESORT.

>> BUT WHAT WAS THAT WORTH IT?

>> YES.

>> WAS IT WORTH GIVING UP YOUR

FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS JUST TO NOT

GET SHOT IN A GUN MASSACRE?

>> WHAT THE ( BLEEP ) ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

>> AUSTRALIANS MUST NOW LIVE IN

THIS WELL-REGULATED NIGHTMARE

BECAUSE OF EX-POLITICIANS LIKE

ROB WHO SMUGGLING THINKS HIS

COUNTRY HAS SOMETHING TO TEACH

US.

>> I HOPE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A

LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE.

>> WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE

LIKE THIS?

>> BECAUSE THEY MIGHT WANT A

SAFER SOCIETIA TO LIVE IN.

>> BUT IT'S POINTLESS FOR US TO

STUDY THE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE

BECAUSE THEIR FEAR OF GUN

CONTROL BACK THEN HAS NO

PARALLELS WITH OURS.

WHAT KIND OF THINGS WERE YOU

HEARING WHEN YOU SUGGEST GUN

CONTROL?

>> THAT GOVERNMENT WAS BECOMING

A DICTATORSHIP.

>> THAT'S ONE.

>> WE'RE TOLD THAT PEOPLE WOULD

NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND

THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR FAMILY.

>> ANOTHER THAT'S DEFINITELY

TWO.

>> THAT DEMOCRACY IS AT STAKE

SOMEHOW IF GOVERNMENT DECIDES

THERE SHOULD BE A BACKGROUND

CHECK.

>> ALL RIGHT, THREE.

>> WE'RE ABOUT TO BE INVADED BY

THE INDONESIANS.

>> THAT'S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

NO ONE IN AMERICA IS AFRAID OF

INDONESIANS.

ARE THEY AFRAID OF MEXICANS AND

MUSLIMS COMING?

MAYBE,.

SURE, HE CLAIMS AUSTRALIANS WERE

ANGRY, BUT WHERE IS THE PROOF?

>> PEOPLE'S RIGHTS ARE BEING

TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM.

>> I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP ANY

GUNS.

ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE YOURS UP?

>> NO!

>> OKAY, THERE IS IT IS.

BUT HOW DID THE ANGRY

CONSERVATIVES FEEL NOW?

>> MY IMMEDIATE REACTION WAS

THAT IT WAS AN IVORY ACTION BUT

AS TIME WENT ON, THE REGULATIONS

WERE QUITE MANAGEABLE.

>> HOLD ON, YOU DIDN'T WANT TO

GIVE UP YOUR HIGH-POWERED GUN?

>> NO, BUT-- I FELT AS IF I HAD

A BIT OF A DUTY TO THE REST OF

SOCIETY.

>> AND IF YOU THINK THAT SOUNDS

BAT ( BLEEP ) CRAZY, THIS

EFFECTIVE GUN CONTROL WAS

ENACTED BY CONSERVATIVE

OLITICIANS AGAINST THE WILL OFP

THEIR OWN BASE.

OUR POLITICIANS ARE DIFFERENT.

THANE THAT--

>> GUN CONTROL DOESN'T WORK.

>> OR EVEN IF IT DOES--

>> IT TAKES A LONG TIME.

>> AND TO BE FAIR.

>> JOHN HOWARD AND HIS DEPUTY

PRIME MINISTER TIM FISHER HAVE

HAD SINCE 1996 TO ENACT THEIR

SWEEPING REFORMS.

>> IT LOOK LESS THAN THREE AND A

HALF MONTHS.

>> WHAT?

WHAT? !

>> THE MASSACRE WAS ON THE

28th OF APRIL IN 1996.

IN A 12-WEEK PERIOD SHORTLY

FOLLOWING THAT, THE BULK OF THE

LEGISLATION WAS DEVISED,

DRAFTED, DEBATED, AND

IMPLEMENTED.

>> BUT IT DOESN'T WORK.

>> THERE ARE NO MASSACRES SINCE

1996.

>> YOU KEEP SAYING THAT, BUT IT

DOESN'T WORK.

MY HEAD WAS SPINNING.

I HAD TO CLEAR IT THE

TRADITIONAL AUSSIE WAY.

NOT THAT WAY, A WALK-ABOUT.

>> THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS

SACROSANCT.

>> POLITICAL SUICIDE.

>> FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS.

>> WHAT THE ( BLEEP )?

AFTER THREE DAYS IN THE BUSH

WITH A GUY THERE A KANGAROO SUIT

IT BECAME CLEAR WHAT THE REAL

ISSUE WITH GUN CONTROL IN

AMERICA IS.

>> IF GUNS AREN'T THE PROBLEM,

FILL, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

>> PEOPLE.

>> PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM?

>> YES.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

AFTER SPENDING GREAT AMOUNT OF

TIME WITH YOU, PHILLIP, I'M

STARTING TO BELIEVE THAT THAT'S

PARTIALLY TRUE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> I'M GLAD YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM.

>> THAT IS BECOMING JUST

PAINFULLY OBVIOUS.

AFTER INVESTIGATING THE ISSUE ON

OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE EARTH, I

DISCOVERED THAT IF AMERICANS

REALLY DO WANT GUN CONTROL,

THERE IS ACTUALLY ONE THING THEY

CAN DO TO GET IT.

MOVE TO AUSTRALIA.

♪ YOU COME FROM THE LAND

DOWNUNDER ♪ ♪

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: JON OLIVER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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