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|Australia has a lot in common with the US. Once area in which the two countries now greatly differ is in the national response to gun massacres. When a gunman killed 35 people in 1996 with a semi-automatic rifle in the tourist town of Port Arthur, on the island of Tasmania, the Australian people decided it was time for a change passing a new law, backed by a conservative PM, divided firearms into five categories. Some of the deadliest assault-style weapons and large ammunition clips are now all but impossible for individuals to lawfully own. Sunday, on Up with Chris Hayes, Rebecca Peters, international arms control advocate who led the campaign to reform Australia's gun laws after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, discusses Australia as a model for US reform following the massacre last week of twenty 6- and 7-year old children and 6 teachers in an elementary school in Newtown, CT.|
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