Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday B.S. Roundup ~ June 14, 2013

It's Friday and you know what that means -- It's time for the b.s. roundup! I'm just going to address one topic today because I'm sort of taking a day off here at home to watch a French film and just read. So here goes:

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 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 andassaults 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!
Will you be one of the sheep to turn yours in?
WHY? You will need it.

Have you seen that one? With all those statistics included did you think it might be true that Australian gun control directly led to increased crime? Let's break it down a bit, shall we?

1. First of all, it hasn't been "12 months" since "gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to
surrender 640,381 personal firearms". There was a gun buy-back in 1997 but even before that, Australians never did have a constitutional right to own firearms. Handgun ownership was restricted to certain groups. And the buy-back didn't even take away all firearms from these groups; it primarily banned semi-automatic and pump action weapons. And even with the ban, if someone can demonstrate a need for them an exemption can be granted. 

2. Then there's that pesky little issue of statistics. The figures used in this are without context and sometimes inaccurate as well. For instance, there is the claim that in Victoria, homicides are up 300%. In 1997 Victoria had a population of 4.5 million and experienced 7 firearm-related homicides in 1996 and 19 in 1997. That's an increase of 171%, not 300% but even that number isn't significant. An increase of 12 homicides in a population of 4.5 million is not statistically significant. 

3. No matter what the results of a buy-back in Australia, it is not necessarily applicable to the United States anyway. 

Have a great weekend and don't forget:

Go forth and share the truth!

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