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Fareed Zakaria speaks with former Australian Prime Minister John Howard about the impact of gun legislation introduced by his government.
The results are actually quite stunning. The reduction in the rate of gun-related homicide in Australia is 59 percent, if you look at some statistics. By some statistics it's down 80 percent. Gun-related suicide...
…65 percent. These numbers must stun even you.
They did. And the issue has been surveyed and researched now over quite a long period of time. So even the most conservative researchers would acknowledge that a group surveyed over such a long period of time producing figures like that, it must mean that the change was beneficial.
And it was not just murders, but when I became prime minister in '96, Australia had one of the highest young male suicide rates in the world. By removing a lot of weapons, particularly in rural areas. The bush as we call it. The potential for young men feeling desperate – and so many of them may have a snap point – and if there's a gun available, it's easy to give effect to their sense of depression and despair. It's a lot harder when you have to use another method to end your life.