Australia’s former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who pushed the legislation that banned all automatic and semiautomatic firearms in Australia, blasted Donald Trump and the Republican party for not enforcing gun laws.
Fischer spoke with Vox, saying that “There has to be some leadership” on the issue of gun control.
“The results speak for themselves,” Fischer said of gun control in Australia. “We managed to get the right legislation through, and the results speak for themselves.”
Australia made drastic changes to their gun laws following the 1996 massacre in Tasmania that killed 35 people. Fischer and former Prime Minister John Howard pushed through a gun amnesty program that pushed gun owners to turn over their weapons in exchange for money.
“It was very hard work persuading people to surrender their guns, but it was the correct call,” Fischer explained. “I took the argument to the public square, and the Australian people chose to step back from laissez-faire dysfunctionality, which now exists in the USA.”
Fischer also took a hit at the National Rifle Association (NRA), calling the group “a domestic terrorist organization that tacitly supports the killing of children more than it supports reasoned gun legislation.”
“The NRA have blocked people on the USA’s no-fly list [from] getting gun background checks,” Fischer said. “The NRA are pushing anti-silencer legislation, not just in hunting areas but right across the USA. Enough is enough. There is a great Italian word, basta, which means enough. My message to the NRA is: Basta!”