Aussie comedian Jim Jefferies takes gun control goes viral again after Texas school shooting

His stand-up from eight years ago blew up social media as he called out Americans for their lies about why they need guns.

Australian comedian Jim Jefferies’ stand-up about the difference between how Australia and America have responded to gun violence at the level of mass killings has gone viral again, despite delivering the routine in 2014.

It comes after 19 children and two adults were killed when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos burst into a classroom at Robb Elementary School in Texas and began shooting.

Overall, Mr Jefferies spoke of Australia rocked by the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. The horrific attack saw 28-year-old Martin Bryant kill 35 people in a fatal shootout.

Less than two months after the massacre, the Howard government began to put in place tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

The non-binding National Firearms Agreement was adopted on 10 May 1996 between the Commonwealth, together with all States and Territories.

This included a ban on all automatic and semi-automatic weapons except for a small number of license holders.

Mr Jefferies said the difference between the two nations’ response to the tragic mass shootings could not be more different.

“In 1996 Australia had the greatest massacre on earth,” he told the crowd.

“He still hasn’t been beaten. Now after that they banned guns. In the 10 years leading up to Port Arthur, there were 10 massacres. Since the gun ban in 1996, there has not been a single massacre since. I don’t know how or why it happened…maybe it was a coincidence, right?

He went on to explain that he understands the United States and Australia have “two very different cultures” with different people.

“I get it. In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on earth and the Australian government said, ‘This is it! More guns! And we all went, ‘Yeah, right now, that seems fair enough ‘ “, he said

“Now in America you have the Sandy Hook massacre, where little children died and your government said, ‘Maybe we’ll get rid of the big guns? And 50% of you said, “Fuck off, don’t take my guns!”

Mr Jefferies said he was all for Americans having their Second Amendment rights, but called ‘bullshit arguments and lies’ why they needed the guns. fire for protection.

“There’s one argument and only one argument for having a gun, and that’s the argument…’F**k off. I like weapons’. It’s not the best argument, but that’s all you have. And there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with saying “I like something”. Don’t take it away from me,” he said.

“But don’t give me those other bulls**t. The main one is: “I need it to protect me. I need to protect myself. I have to protect my family’. Oh good? Is that why they’re called assault rifles? Is it? I’ve never heard of those “protection rifles” you mention.

“You have a gun in your house, you are 80% more likely to use that gun against yourself than to shoot someone else.”

The comedian has opened up about a burglary at his home he lived in England where the offenders entered through the window with a machete and a hammer and he was tied up and cut, and his girlfriend was also threatened with rape .

“Americans always say, ‘Well, imagine if you had a gun. And I’m like, ‘Okay. I was naked at the time. I wasn’t wearing my holster. I wasn’t looking out the window while waiting… What world do you live in where you’re constantly ready? You have guns because you love guns,” he said.

“That’s why you go to gun conventions!” That’s why you read gun magazines! None of you care about home security. Neither of you go to home security conventions. None of you have read Padlock Monthly.

He went on to say that most people who break into a house just want to steal your TV, rather than murder your family.

“How many enemies do you have? Jeez, you think a lot about yourself if you think everyone is coming to murder you,” he said.

“See, if you have it readily available, it becomes dangerous. You have it on your bedside table, one of your kids picks it up, thinks it’s a toy, kills another one of your kids. It happens everyday, but people say, ‘That would never happen to me because I’m a responsible gun owner. I keep my guns locked in a safe.’

Footage of Jefferies’ routine was shared on TikTok this week, where it quickly racked up millions of views.

“It’s going to be relevant in 2023, 2024 and so on…so save the video,” was one of the top-rated comments, with thousands of people agreeing.

“I’m a proud American with kids and as proud as I am of my country, I totally agree with that!” added another.

“Australia currently has more guns than it has ever had. We just removed automatic and semi-automatic rifles and that totally solved the problem,” wrote a third.

America’s problem with guns

The Sandy Hook Massacre shocked the world, when on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, along with 6 adult staff members.

The Texas school rampage is the deadliest elementary school shooting in the United States since Sandy Hook.

Prior to the Texas rampage, there were 26 school shootings resulting in injury or death in the United States in 2022, according to Education Week,

Yet America’s liberal gun laws — strongly backed by the NRA and many politicians — still remain popular with much of the population.

The latest reliable data – figures from the Swiss research project Small Arms Survey – estimated that there were 390 million firearms in circulation in the United States in 2018.

This means that there are more guns than people in the United States.

In 2021, more than 45,000 lives were lost to gun violence in the United States, whether through homicide, murder, suicide, accidental or defensive use of firearms, reports the Gun Violence Archive. In that year alone, 692 injuries and deaths were attributed to mass shootings.

– with Jessica Wang

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