You can read my original post on the thread if you want. It quite clearly iterates that the same number of firearms are in civilian hands per capita today since before the buyback. To the American, rights to firearms are the same as the rights to vote due to the significance firearms have in US national identity and sovereignty, to an Aussie firearms don't mean the same thing, even when you could buy firearms in Aus from the corner store without a licence or registration only a small percentage of the population owned them because a firearm and ammunition was no different to a hammer and nails, if they weren't planning on doing any hammering they didn't buy one as there was no other reason to have a firearm. They just never had the same meaning as independence was won through votes not firearms. So it doesn't have the same definition in so your concept of slavery resounds very true in your own nation because to lose a right that defines your identity and sovereignty, is a step closer to slavery. It isn't same in other nations, which is my whole point, people need to stop comparing Aus and US. Also some other statistics: The Govt paid $500 million for 700 thousand firearms handed in. (Biggest waste of money in history). That puts the average AUD figure per firearm at $714. Considering the vast majority firearms handed were semi-auto rimfire rifles (.22lr, .22ht, .22mag), which at that time could be bought from as low as $50. I am guessing most people got more back than they paid for their firearm.