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    Australian Gun Law Update

    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 now available data
    from Down Under.

    It has now been one year (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 available:
    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 as compared with the last one year period when private
    ownership of a firearm was legal.

    (NB: the law-abiding citizens did turn in their personal firearms, the
    criminal element did not and thus criminals in Australia still possess
    their guns.)

    While data for the 25 years preceding the confiscation of privately
    owned guns showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms,
    this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months as criminals
    now are assured their victims will be 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.'


    This story of well intentioned government intervention in the rights
    of lawful individuals to own and possess firearms won't be seen in the
    mainstream US media or on the American evening news. Senator Obama who
    advocates a similar confiscation in the US will not be reporting any
    of this to you.

    But, 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.

    Americans may want to take note before it's too late!

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    That's about a decade out of date now.

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    Ya don't say. The thing I read had a date of a few weeks ago.

    Still relevant though.

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    I think their most draconian laws were passed in '96 and '97 or so. And you're right. They've been unhelpful.

    Edited: typo

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    Now why does this not surprise me? And I'm betting that it doesn't surprise any of you my Brothers and Sisters? Guess IF it comes down to it I personally will become a Non-law abiding citizen if they call for a voluntary turn in of weapons,,,IF I had any after the tragic boating accident
    ‘‘Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.’’ Thomas Jefferson

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    Where can I go to sign up to be first inline when our government demands we turn our guns in??? I want to be the firstformer gun ownerto live in a USA that has taken the first step in making my country a safer place. I regret that I have only one gun to give for my country...

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    .40 Cal wrote:
    Where can I go to sign up to be first inline when our government demands we turn our guns in??? I want to be the firstformer gun ownerto live in a USA that has taken the first step in making my country a safer place. I regret that I have only one gun to give for my country...
    Hmmm do I note a hint of sarcasm?
    ‘‘Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.’’ Thomas Jefferson

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    KansasMustang wrote:
    .40 Cal wrote:
    Where can I go to sign up to be first inline when our government demands we turn our guns in??? I want to be the firstformer gun ownerto live in a USA that has taken the first step in making my country a safer place. I regret that I have only one gun to give for my country...
    Hmmm do I note a hint of sarcasm?
    God, I hope so!

    I believe those figures came out the summer of 2008. We should see the 2 year stuff again this summer.

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    I'll give up thesecond amendment... bullets first!

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