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Australian gun laws

Posted: February 1, 2013 - 6:11pm

Australian gun laws

The figures from “down under”(Australia) are in, one year after the absolute confiscation of all firearms occured as the result of the country’s strict new gun control. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by the government; a program that cost Australian taxpayers more than $500 million.

After the first year, Australia-wide:

Homicides are up 6.2 percent,

assaults are up 9.6 percent,

and armed robberies are up 44 percent — yes,44 percent!

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly while they are in their own homes.

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are up 300 percent! While law-abiding citizens turned in their guns, criminals did not, and thus they are still in possession of them. The criminals are nearly guaranteed that their “prey” is unarmed!

Australian politicians are “at a loss” to explain how public safety has suffered, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in “successfully ridding the Australian society of guns!”

To that question, I can only mutter”DUH!” The Australian experience speaks for itself: Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and gun-control laws really affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Christine Olson

Deerwood