Sometimes, as Americans, it’s important to look at other countries that have gone forward with gun control measures to realize what is at stake and what kind of world the gun control zealots would have us live in. Today, I want to take a look at Australia, who much like England, enacted a gun ban but who are taking the arduous steps to regain what they have lost.
First, the facts. Australia has more violent crimes since the gun ban was instituted. 5 years into the ban the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged that there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in the commission of crimes. Plainly put, as if it’s a surprise to anyone with common sense, CRIMINALS DON’T FOLLOW THE LAW. Unfortunately for the law abiding citizens of Australia, they do and have had to pay dearly in the past 15 years for it.
In 2006, year 9 of the gun ban Australia saw the following increase of crimes with a firearm:
-armed assault rose 49.2%
-armed robbery rose 6.2%
-rape at gunpoint increased 29.9%
-overall violent crime rate with use of firearm increased 42.2%
So, when you disarm the law abiding, the criminals still ignore the laws and you get an overall sky rocketing of gun related crimes by an increase of nearly 50%.
But I thought gun control was supposed to prevent crime? Some gun control zealots probably are thinking that the US with our 2nd Amendment freedoms must be worse in regards to crime over that period.
Well, let’s take a look at a comparison to the US and Australia from the time period of 1995 – 2007 then.
-In Australia the murder rate decreased by 31.9%. Not bad, the gun control zealots would tout this as a victory. But in the US, the murder rate decreased by 31.7%.
-In Australia, as I mentioned previously assault rose 49.2%, robbery by 6.2% and rape by 29.9%
-In that time the US saw a DECREASE of those crimes by 32.2% (assault), 33.2 %(robbery) and 19.2 %(rape)
So, during that time frame, where Australia implemented a gun ban while the US saw gun ownership increase there was a similar decrease in murders by a rate of approx 30% in both countries. But while the US decreased in crime across the board by HUGE margins, Australia saw a dramatic increase of violent crime against an unarmed populace. Australian women are 3 TIMES more likely to be raped than American women. That is gun control in action my friends, disarm the lawful so the criminals gain control.
But there is hope in the land down under. Queensland is the first state to look into easing the restrictions currently facing potential gun owners. Of course, against all logic, reason and evidence to the contrary the Police have been adamant about opposing this saying such reductions in bureaucratic red tape would have the streets run red with blood.
Currently, while Australians can get some firearms, mostly shotguns or rim fire rifles the steps necessary in getting the license to do so is arduous and takes anywhere from 8 months to a year. But that doesn’t seem like enough red tape for some.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said ”If anything we shouldn’t reduce red tape for gun owners, but increase it”.
Now, as Americans we have heard such nonsense before and we fight against it. But remember, we still have our weapons and we are looking to maintain ground and at times forward the recognition of our innumerable right in the eyes of the government. Our Aussie cousins have had that right denied them and, like Oliver Twist, are coming up to the gruel master and asking for some more. And people like Ian Leavers response is a disdainful, “MORE?!? Actually, here’s the scene with limited modification:
‘Please, sir, I want some more of my rights.’
The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralyzed with wonder; the boys with fear.
‘What!’ said the master at length, in a faint voice.
‘Please, sir,’ replied Oliver, ‘I want some more of my rights recognized.’
The master aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with the law; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.
The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,
‘Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more gun rights!’
There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.
‘For MORE!’ said Mr. Limbkins. ‘Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after we gave him a meaningless appearance of rights?’
‘He did, sir,’ replied Bumble.
‘That boy will be shot,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. ‘I know that boy will be shot.’
Nobody controverted the prophetic gentleman’s opinion. An animated discussion took place. Oliver was ordered into instant confinement; and a bill was next morning pasted on the outside of the gate, offering a reward of five pounds to anybody who would shun Oliver Twist and his want of rights. In other words, five pounds were offered to any paper who wanted to shun Oliver Twist and demonize his request for more.
Outside of changing what he was asking for and the part about the media, that is the scene from Dickens classic. How fitting it is. How the government, any government, would react with condemnation and fear at the thought of someone who dared ask for more than what the government ruled that they have. How quickly and harshly they come down on someone who simply asks for their rights given to them by natural law be recognized by the state.
But that is the truth of the matter in Australia. They have to ask for their rights back and I hope for their sake they can get them. In America we have the right written out and we fight to keep it. I am thankful for that, as it is better to fight to keep what you have than it is to come hat in hand and ask for what you should have.
Best of luck to our Aussie cousins and let it be a tale of warning for gun owning Americans.