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The figures from “down under “(Australia)

are in, one year after the absolute confiscation of all firearms

occurred as the result of the country’s strict new gun control. It has

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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 the

government; a program that cost Australian taxpayers more than $500

million.

After the first year, Australia-wide: Homicides are up

6.2 percent, assaults are up 9.6 percent, and armed robberies are up 44

percent — yes,44 percent!

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly while they are in their own homes.

In

the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are up 300

percent! While law-abiding citizens turned in their guns, criminals did

not, and thus they are still in possession of them. The criminals are

nearly guaranteed that their “prey” is unarmed!

Australian

politicians are “at a loss” to explain how public safety has suffered,

after such monumental effort and expense was expended in “successfully

ridding the Australian society of guns!”

To that question, I

can only mutter ”DUH!” The Australian experience speaks for itself:

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and

gun-control laws really affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Christine Olson

Deerwood

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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