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04-19-2009, 8:52 PM
Hello Calgunners,
Check this e-mail I recieved from a friend of mine tonight Subject: Australian Gun Law Update
UPDATE;This could be made up and or unverified.

Australian Gun Law Update


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
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 %)
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.

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

04-19-2009, 8:53 PM
i think this has been posted before and the stats were false. do you have a source for them stats? its on snopes http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

04-19-2009, 9:06 PM
huh....sorry,it was the first I had heard of this........thanks for the heads up