5 Jul 2015

What can the USA learn from the Pacific about gun control?

From Sunday Morning, 7:11 am on 5 July 2015

Philip AlpersAfter the killings at the Emanuel Church in South Carolina, we again have people calling for action, and others arguing that it's not a gun issue, it's a mental health issue. But what can the Pacific teach us about gun control and reduction?

Former New Zealand journalist and documentary maker Philip Alpers is now an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. He is also the founding director of GunPolicy.org, a global project which compares armed violence, firearm injury prevention and gun law across 300 jurisdictions world-wide.

He speaks to Wallace about the continuing debate over gun control in America, whether Australia’s crackdown on guns following the Port Arthur massacre nearly 20 years ago has really had an effect – and whether or not it could work in the US.