Australian Gun Ban Facts?


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Lightninstrike
January 22, 2009, 05:30 PM
Hope this is not a repeat. Can anyone validate the facts in this email? Sent to me by a friend, not sure if it is real or Memorex.

From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia.

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!

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solareclipse
January 23, 2009, 01:55 AM
Actually guns there aren't banned per se... but rather highly regulated following several rampages that took place in recent years.

The emphasis is towards prohibition of carrying and towards guns sports, hence why most weapons are of the target variety (long slides and barrel models, comp versions etc).

Then again there is the mandatory registration.

But when you look at it, UK laws are far more restrictive than australian.

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