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    Is the US the new Australia?

    I just found this on WND's website and think we should make a concerted effort to contact our officials here in the states and do whatever we can to make sure this does NOT happen here. This article is pretty long but well worth the time to read. Following is an excerpt and the link to the article is at bottom here.


    Samara McPhedran and Jeanine Baker, who had their 2006 study published in the British Journal of Criminology, concluded that the Australian experience of reducing gun ownership, banning certain firearms and imposing onerous regulations hasn’t resulted in a safer society.

    Based on the paper, the head of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn, said, “I too strongly supported the introduction of tougher gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre. The fact is, however, that the introduction of those laws did not result in any acceleration of the downward trend in gun homicide. They may have reduced the risk of mass shootings, but we cannot be sure because no one has done the rigorous statistical work required to verify this possibility. It is always unpleasant to acknowledge facts that are inconsistent with your own point of view. But I thought that was what distinguished science from popular prejudice.”

    An Australian Institute of Criminology graph produced for the 10-year anniversary of the gun reforms in 2006 suggests the buyback and subsequent reforms had little to no effect on the murder rate, leading to a spike in knife-related homicide. Although last month, the AIC distanced itself from this graph and claimed gun reform had been successful.

    Setting aside these statistics, it remains clear from the revelation that there are more guns in Australia today than there were in 1996, and the festering undercurrent of drug gang-related killings in Sydney and Melbourne since the early 2000s, as well as the almost daily reports of neighborhood shootings, that the criminal element remains armed, despite the reforms.




    http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/catastrop...-gave-up-guns/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmeierholtz View Post
    I just found this on WND's website and think we should make a concerted effort to contact our officials here in the states and do whatever we can to make sure this does NOT happen here. This article is pretty long but well worth the time to read. Following is an excerpt and the link to the article is at bottom here.


    Samara McPhedran and Jeanine Baker, who had their 2006 study published in the British Journal of Criminology, concluded that the Australian experience of reducing gun ownership, banning certain firearms and imposing onerous regulations hasn’t resulted in a safer society.

    Based on the paper, the head of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn, said, “I too strongly supported the introduction of tougher gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre. The fact is, however, that the introduction of those laws did not result in any acceleration of the downward trend in gun homicide. They may have reduced the risk of mass shootings, but we cannot be sure because no one has done the rigorous statistical work required to verify this possibility. It is always unpleasant to acknowledge facts that are inconsistent with your own point of view. But I thought that was what distinguished science from popular prejudice.”

    An Australian Institute of Criminology graph produced for the 10-year anniversary of the gun reforms in 2006 suggests the buyback and subsequent reforms had little to no effect on the murder rate, leading to a spike in knife-related homicide. Although last month, the AIC distanced itself from this graph and claimed gun reform had been successful.

    Setting aside these statistics, it remains clear from the revelation that there are more guns in Australia today than there were in 1996, and the festering undercurrent of drug gang-related killings in Sydney and Melbourne since the early 2000s, as well as the almost daily reports of neighborhood shootings, that the criminal element remains armed, despite the reforms.
    One of the signs of intelligence is the ability to learn... preferably from the mistakes of others. We have nobody in Washington who - if they possess such a quality at all - is willing to unleash that intelligence against Barry the Bankrupter, for fear of................. what? Oh yeah - I forgot for a second that anyone who disagrees with Obummer's policies, and Marxist-Socialist philosophies, will immediately be labeled a racist, by the left-wing media. Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"?

    The "spike in knife related homicides" is also borne out in England/Great Britain/the U.K. (did I get all the confusing names?), where it has been reported that (since the Draconian gun restrictions, similar to those of Oz) there are, on an average day, 347 knife assaults reported to police. Those who wish to perform unkind acts upon their fellow man, will find or make an acceptable tool with which to perform those acts. This strongly suggests that the "weapon of choice" is the weapon that is available. Attacked by someone with a baseball bat? Just blow your whistle, that'll stop 'em in their tracks! Just my 2˘ worth. Pax...
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