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Does Gun Control Really Work?!
Gun Control Commentary: by Alan L. Lund
With all the media induced frenzy over gun control, the 80,000 Million Mommies, and the President’s various plans surrounding the issue, I have to say that in reality gun control really does work. There are volumes of evidence to prove this. Before anyone gets the wrong impression (like, hey I thought this guy was opposed to gun control) let me explain how it works.
Gun control is an effective tool when dealing with crime. It has proven to have profound results. Why, in Australia alone gun control has had a dramatic affect on the crime rate. Don’t believe it?
Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent, prompting critics of U.S. gun control efforts to issue new warnings of what life in America could be like if Congress ever bans firearms. After Australian lawmakers passed widespread gun bans, (law-abiding) gun owners were forced to surrender about 650,000 weapons, which were later slated for destruction, according to statistics from the Australian Sporting Shooters Association.
The bans were not limited to so-called “assault” weapons or military-type firearms, but also to .22 rifles and shotguns. The effort cost the Australian government about $500 million, said association representative Keith Tidswell. Though lawmakers responsible for passing the ban promised a safer country, the nation’s crime statistics tell a different story:
Countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent; Assaults are up 8.6 percent; Amazingly, armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent;
In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent; In the 25 years before the gun bans, crime in Australia had been dropping steadily, now there has been a reported “dramatic increase” in home burglaries and assaults on the elderly.
At the time of the ban, which followed an April 29, 1996 shooting at a Port Arthur tourist spot by lone gunman Martin Bryant, the continent had an annual murder-by-firearm rate of about 1.8 per 100,000 persons, “a safe society by any standards,” said Tidswell. But such low rates of crime and rare shootings did not deter then-Prime Minister John Howard from calling for and supporting the weapons ban.
The statistics speak for themselves, and gun control works. The problem is “who” it works for. Everyone interested in the subject is by now familiar with John Lott’s work “More Guns, Less Crime”. Dr. Lott admits he had no interest in firearms until he began to research the affects of gun control on society. His conclusions led him to write a very exhaustive piece of research that proved that an armed populace is the greatest deterrent to crime.
States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%; and, If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and 12,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.
Conclusion, Gun Control doesn’t Work!