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This morning in California, three people, including one woman, burst into the conference centre at a facility for people with developmental disabilities and opened fire with assault rifles, killing 14 people and injuring 17.

The conference centre had been hired by San Bernardino County’s Department of Health, reports PEOPLE.

But that wasn’t the only shooting in the US today. Earlier in the morning, a gunman opened fire in Savannah, Georgia, leaving three men injured and one woman dead, Mashable reports. The incident was the result of “group violence”, according to local police.

As the BBC put it, it was “just another day in the United States of America: another day of gunfire, panic and fear”.

It may be a case of “another day, another shooting” for the US. But Tim Fischer, former deputy prime minister and National party leader says it’s time to “call out” the US on it’s failure to deal with gun violence.

“Three hundred and fifty two mass shootings in the USA so far this year but about 80 a day you don’t hear about,” Mr Fischer told ABC News.

“All [are] unacceptable because the US is not stepping up on the public policy reform front.”

He added that he was “sick and tired” of the “one way” attitude of the US in which Americans were warned not to travel to Sydney for fear of terrorism, but Australians were encouraged to travel to the US.

“I’m a bit sick and tired of the US chucking handballs at us, putting into their travel advice that it’s not safe to go to Sydney,” Mr Fischer said.

“Have we not reached the stage where the Smart Traveller advice of [the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] needs to be muscled up?” he questioned.

Mr Fischer was deputy Prime Minister under John Howard and was a strong proponent for Australian gun law reform following the Port Arthur Massacre.

In 2013, he called for Australians to boycott travelling to the US after a 22-year old Australian baseball player was shot dead in Oklahoma while jogging.

The shooting in California comes less than a week after a gunman killed three people and wounded nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Do you think it’s safe for Australians to travel to the US? Should the safety level be raised to reflect the danger of gun violence there? 

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  1. I lived in the US for several years and visited it many times before and since. I never personally saw any gun (or knife) violence. So yes, I reckon it is safe for Australians to visit – which is more than I would say for certain areas of Sydney.

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  2. I certainly wouldn’t think about travelling there. It is like the wild west.

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  3. America is a large place and I can imagine it not being too hard to be isolated from gun violance, at least for most of ones life but that doesn’t change the facts that there are too many people being shot or killed because gun ownership has limited control. Yes, people pull the trigger but the issue is about the right to bear arms which is totally unacceptable in todays society.

  4. As America rages war against IS (and rightly so) they are killing themselves with stupid gun laws.
    How many more innocent people have to get killed?

  5. It is a sick society when guns are miniaturised and produced in pink and blue for kids not long out of nappies. They seem so gullible too, the NRA is heavily sponsored by gun manufacturers of course they are going to come out and scream about gun ownership being everyone’s right. When there is more violence everyone seems just to go out and buy a bigger gun. Some of the other types of combat gear, flame throwers, tassers etc is nuts. I go to Canada often but the US holds no appeal to me.

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  6. I would be interested to know what the statistics are for violent death in Australia and how that compares per capita of people.

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    • A quick browse online (not completely up to date, but fairly recent). Australia about 1.3 per 100,000. USA about 6.3 per 100,000. I know where I would rather be.

    • Wanda unfortunately the 1.3 stats for Australian violence is mostly domestic violence. We are now having a very very vigorous campaign to combat this with massive media coverage.. Teachings now in our early learning schools targeting young boys in particular but also educating little girls. Also media coverage and outing violent men..changing the culture around. This type of campaigning worked brilliantly in the 1980s for AIDS and then even more successfully for anti smoking.. It us no longer cool for kids to smoke and as for adults. They rarely do any more.. There are CKEVER ways to deal with bad cultural practices. I’m sure a practical solution could be found for the USA archaic gun laws..

    • Unfortunately they will never qush domestic violence, something has to happen before they will take you seriously. Too little too late…………………….

  7. I think America is beyond help so far as gun control is concerned. I wish them all the best but regret to say things won’t change. Even the assassination of two presidents, and the attempted of another, didn’t help with gun control. I’m wondering what will hapen if the President/Chairman
    /whatever of the NRA gets shot?? Good luck to you all.

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