Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts ... from Ed Chenel, a police officer in Northern Territory, Australia. Hi Kiwis, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Aussie. It has now been a few years since licensed gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a programme 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 and assaults 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 TV One evening news or hear your Prime Minister or the Minister of Police 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 Kiwis, before it's too late!
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