August 23, 2013

Aussie Gun Control

Australia's experience with gun control should be a warning to every American. After a questionable police response to the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, Australia went hog wild on gun control. It did not stop gun crime. It simply created a nation of made to order victims. Gun control is nothing but a safe passage program for criminals, creating game preserves for their predation.

From Breitbart:
As former Australian politician Tim Fischer turns the shooting of Christopher Lane into an opportunity to push a travel boycott until the U.S. changes its gun laws, police in Sydney launched "a new plan to tackle out-of-control gun violence" there.

The new action against gun violence was launched on August 21 and will pull together various police-sponsored gun control operations into one. The name of the new effort is Operation Talon.

According to the Ballina Shire Advocate, "over 9,000 guns have been taken off New South Wales (NSW) streets and 3352 people have charged" during previous operations in the last 12 months alone.

NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione explained: "There is no single source of gun violence... guns have fallen into the hands of organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred."

Not ironically, Australia implemented a massive purge of guns in 1996, which included bans on "assault weapons" and other semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. They also did forced buybacks and then entered into a strict licensing and registration agreement where certain single-shot rifles and similar firearms could be owned but only if the owner provided justification for the possession of such a weapon.

Yet 17 years after the implementation of gun control schemes that are very similar in many ways to those being pushed by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the NSW police department is launching a new operation to rein in gun violence.
As the article states, "over 9,000 guns have been taken off New South Wales (NSW) streets and 3,352 people have charged" in New South Wales. This province has an estimated 2012 population of 7.3 million persons, less than the population of New York City. Yet in a nation that has all but eliminated private gun ownership the government feels threatened enough that a new province-wide initiative is taking place to combat gun violence.

Like our war on drugs or the days of Prohibition, these laws don't work. Worse yet, they remove the only source of protection that some people have. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.


Le Loup said...

Our government are a very sad lot, & appear to be very ignorant when it comes to firearms. Even Flintlock muzzle-loading guns are classed in with breech-loaders. Soooo frustrating, nothing we can do. We just don't have a strong firearms association over here.
Regards, Keith.

sig94 said...

Loup - You have our sympathies. Perhaps enough people will get together and start one? If you don't have much popular support for gun rights, you're pretty much SOL from the start and that;s what it sounded like back in 1996 after Port Arthur.