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Posted: 2/17/2006 5:37:45 PM EDT
Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...

From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures
from Down Under. 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 our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides
are up 6.2 percent, Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent ; Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not! and
criminals still possess their guns!)

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey
is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and
assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.

The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note Americans, before it's too late!

hotgunner45
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:47:52 PM EDT
Thats kinda like of the few thousand or so Fully Auto Permits out there only 1 has ever been used in a crime, and that was an ex LEO who went crazy..

Anyways thats horrible about Australia, what all guns were collected???
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 5:57:36 PM EDT
12 months?


Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996!
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 6:00:55 PM EDT
dupe, but a good one
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 8:22:59 PM EDT
I believe Austalia also banned swords a few years ago because people were getting chopped up by street thugs.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:19:42 PM EDT
Thanks for the info. Politicians will never learn.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:33:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:34:11 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 4:31:43 AM EDT
This is one of the reason's that Australia, Canada, New Zealand finally dumped their liberal party politicians and elected conservatives last month. Is'nt that strange that ABC, CBS, and NBC & MSNBC never mentioned that in their broadcasts? I think I heard that England also dumped their Libs., Oh Yeah, France and Germany did too!!
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 5:00:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 5:23:47 AM EDT
Thanks for the information, Time for Americans to wake up and listen
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:03:38 AM EDT
After the sword ban, now everybody carries baseball bats. I guess next they will ban "sticks" and everyone will have to start carrying rocks!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:04:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By stargazer111:
After the sword ban, now everybody carries baseball bats. I guess next they will ban "sticks" and everyone will have to start carrying rocks!



Nah, the next big thing will be boards with nails in them.

They'll get bigger boards with bigger nails, until they make boards with nails so big that they'll destroy the world!


Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:47:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shotgunner45:
Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...

From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures
from Down Under. 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 our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides
are up 6.2 percent, Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent ; Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not! and
criminals still possess their guns!)

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey
is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and
assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.

The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note Americans, before it's too late!

shotgunner45



People really should check Snopes before posting this stuff:

www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp
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