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The NRA Probably Need To Look At The Data Around Australia's Gun Laws

A grand total of zero mass shootings in 19 years.

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The incredibly provocative online post featuring a blood stained Australian map appears on the NRA's "America's 1st Freedom" website. It argues Australians "paid a price" when the country banned assault weapons after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

"The Australian people paid a massive price in liberty. Their reward? At best, an unexamined resolution that things were somehow better now."

"Australia's gun confiscation is indeed a lesson to America: It is a sign of what is to come if we hold our rights lightly."

The NRA's latest Oz-bashing comes after U.S. President Barack Obama praised Australia's ban on assault weapons during his chat with comedian Marc Maron.

Another pic of me and @POTUS in the garage from today’s @WTFpod! http://t.co/TRZkCfIIIs

"This is the gun-control regime that our president applauds for its decisive resolve. It robbed Australians of their right to self-defence and empowered criminals, all without delivering the promised reduction in violent crime," wrote the NRA.

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A little recap: 35 Australians were gunned down in the Tasmanian town of Port Arthur in 1996. It plunged the country into deep mourning, and remains to this day one of the worst single-shooter massacres in history.

He appeared before angry crowds across the country, famously being forced to wear a bulletproof vest (above) at one event.

Howard's deputy prime minister Tim Fischer told The Daily Show the whole policy was passed in three and a half months. And many Americans – who argue reform takes time – still can't quite believe it.

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The data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and collated in a study titled "Do Gun Buybacks Save Lives?" shows that homicides by guns dropped 59%.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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