With gun sales in Australia up 50 per cent since the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Australia last year, many people are now asking whether a firearm is a good investment for protection.
“It’s a good question and I would suggest if you want to protect yourself you’re not going to be able to buy one that’s a lot more expensive than a handgun, so I don’t think a lot of people would want to buy a firearm, because they’re more likely to get hurt,” Dr Andrew Smith, from the University of Melbourne, told ABC Radio Melbourne.
He says if a firearm was a good purchase, people might be less likely to buy them for protection as well.
“I think if you buy a handgun and you think you’re going to get shot by a gunman, you’re probably going to buy another firearm, so that’s something you need to think about,” he said.
“You don’t want to just go out and buy a gun just to be a bit of a threat and go off and do some crazy things, that’s not going of course to work.”
Smith says he has seen some people buy a Glock 43, but only because they felt like they were protecting themselves.
In the US, a handgun purchase is now the equivalent of buying an assault rifle, so the benefits of the firearm are far greater than those of the handgun. “You don