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After One Year

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 real figures from Down Under. 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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SgtKnuckles said:
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Just out of curiosity I googled "Ed Chenel Australia" and found that this "letter" goes back to at least 2001. Australia's gun legislation started in 1996 or 1997.

Statistics are interesting creatures...
 

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I have family in Australia, and you can tell an Australian even by email... this email was written by a Norte Americano.
 

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high5apparatus said:
I have family in Australia, and you can tell an Australian even by email... this email was written by a Norte Americano.
That was my thoughts too! the guys I know from Aussie land, do not use some of the terms. However, it is possible that it was rewritten by someone here in the states, or maybe the guy was a transplant.
 

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Robby said:
That was my thoughts too! the guys I know from Aussie land, do not use some of the terms. However, it is possible that it was rewritten by someone here in the states, or maybe the guy was a transplant.
None the less, it is a good thing to know. Hopefully our government will pay attention to those statistics.
 

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paulrabe78 said:
None the less, it is a good thing to know. Hopefully our government will pay attention to those statistics.
Yeah as they have us line up at police headquarters with all our guns. They just pray there will be no revolt, or hiding of weapons. I hope I am wrong, but kind of doubt it.
 
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