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It has now been 16 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year statistics are now in: Australia-wide: Homicides are up 3.2 percent. Australia-wide: Assaults are up 8.6 percent. Australia-wide: Armed robberies are up 44 percent.. Victoria-wide: Homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, so 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 criminals now are guaranteed that their prey are unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. 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. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this data on the U.S. evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Originally posted by network dude
I am still very interested in hearing from the people who live with this law. I am very much for protecting our 2nd amendment rights and also an advocate for gun safety. Perhaps I was missing something, but I thought Australia had a mild crime rate compared to the rest of the world. I also have a big issue with not being able to have a gun when 90% of what crawls around could kill you. Some of the spiders there are big enough to need more firepower than a 22LR.
Forgetting the fluff snopes put on this, are these numbers a good representation of the way things are?
Originally posted by Retrovertigo
reply to post by network dude
Given you started your thread @ 01.38am Australian Eastern Standard Time its hardly surprising you've only had one reply from an Australian on the subject of the OP
Originally posted by polarwarrior
People here often say well "at least if I get in a road rage incident or something I know the other guy isnt going to pull a gun out"
Originally posted by ghostsoldier
You know I heard there was a conspiracy behind the Port Arthur massacre to bring this law into existence.