Do you know where the world's most heavily armed population resides? No, it's not the United States, but Switzerland. In Switzerland there is also a thriving gun culture (shooting contests for children ages 12 to 16 are quite popular) and one of the world's lowest crime rates. There are firearms in every household, and the heads of households are trained on how to use them. In 1997, Switzerland had 1.2 murders per 100,000 - about the same as Great Britain, which is often touted as a gun-control success story. Since this fact disproves their theory that guns cause crime, the gun control movement typically does not address it.
On the other side of the coin, we have Australia. Throughtout history, Australia has really never had a major problem with violent crime even though gun ownership is commonplace. Until April 28th 1996, when a lunatic shot 35 people in Port Arthur. An anti-gun uproar appeared immediately (even though guns have never been a problem in the past) and a law was passed making it a felony to possess semi-automatic firearms, even those used for hunting. The government confiscated these firearms from law abiding citizens, and these guns (in some cases rare collectibles) were destroyed. Gun Control and left-wing politicians said great things about the new law and anticipated a drop in crime.
As common sense would dictate, just the opposite
occurred. In 1997, (12 months after the new laws went into effect)
homicides jumped 3.2 percent, armed robberies were up a whopping 44 percent,
assaults up 8.6 and there was a 300% increase in homicides in the state
of Victoria. Prior to the new anti-gun laws, statistics showed a steady
decrease in armed robberies with firearms; now, there has been a dramatic
increase in break-ins, especially against the elderly.
In 1998, in the state of South Australia, robbery with a firearm increased nearly 60 percent. In 1999, new figures
reveal that the assault rates in the state of NSW has risen almost 20 percent. In fact, Great Britian has surpassed America in its overall rate of violent crime (per 100,000 residents). I'm not going to beat a dead horse here and explain why this happened, but you can put two and two together and figure it out. Hint: You can bet the armed criminals did not turn in their weapons...
I don't claim to be a genius, but it really doesn't require a genius to conclude that Gun Control is one of the top three scams of all time, the other two being multi-level marketing and Tae Bo.
'Among the many misdeeds of the British Rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. ' - Mahatma Gandhi