Sunday, December 14, 2008

How's that gun ban working for Australia?

"Cops may get security guards for protection"

The ridiculous but very real news headline above is from Australia, which not so coincidentally has confiscated virtually all firearms (save single-shot long arms) from their peasants, beginning in 1997. As a result, the rate of violent assaults in that country has steadily increased over the last ten years, contrary to pie-in-the sky official expectations. The local criminals, who weren't obeying the laws already in place, no longer had to fear being shot by law-abiding residents and thus began to ply their trade with impunity. The graph below, compiled by Australia's own government, clearly shows the consequences of forcibly disarming the general public:

Violent Crimes, 1996-2006 (per 100,000 persons)

(Source: Australian Government, Australian Institute of Criminology, 9 May 2008)

Now it seems that crime there is so bad that even the police need guarding.

Maybe the Australians would be well served to revisit that disastrous ban, in light of these enlightening statistics.

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