(The following was E-Mail to S. O. F. by and Australian chief of police) (SOF Mag. Feb. 2002)
I thought you would like to see the real figures from down under. It has now been 12 months since the gun owners in Australia were forced by a new gun law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our government, a program costing Australian taxpayers more than $500 million.
The first year results are now in. Australia wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent. Australia wide, assaults are up 6.6 percent. Australia wide, armed robbery are up 44 percent (yes 44 percent). Any state of Victoria alone, homicides with farms are up 300 percent. (Note that wild law-abiding citizens turned them in the criminals did not an criminal still possessing 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 breaking-ins and assaults of the elderly. 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 data on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the state assembly disseminating this information. The Australian experience proves it. 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!