However, given the extremely small sample associated with firearms misuse (16 out of 272 cases between 1992 and 2008), we suggest that general conclusions about the availability of means are somewhat premature. We must also correct the assertion that Australia's 1996 gun laws were followed by a steady decline in the use of firearms in homicide and suicide. This claim, based in part on now-discredited work (2), overlooks the fact that homicides and suicides by firearm were both declining well before the contentious and highly politicized legislative changes occurred. Several recent studies have shown that the legislative changes did not have a significant impact on the preexisting downward trend in firearm homicide in Australia (3). Method substitution and concurrent declines in suicide by means other than firearms, along with the introduction of national suicide prevention programs, preclude drawing firm conclusions about the impact of the laws on suicide by firearm (4).