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Gun Crime ‘Out of Control’ Despite Strict Australia Laws

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- 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.

The lesson: criminals do not pay attention to gun bans. They never have and they never will.

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  • 9 User comments to “Gun Crime ‘Out of Control’ Despite Strict Australia Laws”

    1. chris B on August 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM said:

      Well we have a firearms problem here in Australia, yet they continue to hammer the legitimate shooters.

      No guns have “fallen” into criminal hands. The crims ignore the laws and import or make the guns themselves.

      The politicians and police just don’t understand that criminals will ignore them. hahaha.

    2. They know that the criminals will ignore the laws. In the USA where conceal/open carry is allowed crime is much lower then places where it is not allowed. If you cut down on crime the police will loose some of their funding. That IMHO is one of the factors in taking away guns from legal owners.

    3. Hopalong on August 22, 2013 at 6:44 AM said:

      Hope, it dose not happen here.

    4. Rob Davis on August 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM said:

      You can tell Anti-Gun idiots the facts until you’re blue in the face, and they will never get it – I honestly think they have a mental condition that prevents them from understanding logic. Stupidity? Hoplophobia? I don’t know but we need to start screening anyone that runs for office for conditions like Hoplophobia.

    5. Buck Crosby on August 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM said:

      Ignorance and stupidity in politics thrives in every country , and as soon as you let your guard down you become less of a citizen and more of a slave .

    6. oldgringo on August 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM said:

      Only 10% of the drugs smuggled from Mexico into the US are ever caught…That leaves a whoping 90% that escape the law…If we could stop this 90% figure from entering into this country…Gun violence would be reduced accordingly by 90%…Won’t happen…The CommieCRats like their drugs to much to want to give them up…Meanwhile the Mexican Drug Cartels profit heavily thanks to the druggies in this country…I’m not talking about low profile druggies…Just the opposite!…”When will They ever Learn?”…Peter, Paul and Mary

    7. In England they have purged the country of legaly owned guns and self defense in your home is in practicallity banned. What has happened? England has the highest violent crime of the European Union and jsut about 4 times the violent crime of the US. Take your pick. We have no guns and violent crime so go to England. We have at least 300 million guns but low violent crime compared to a more homogenius popullation in England. Yse, we have killers per gangs and drugs in socialist havens like Chicago and Detroit but we have good guys useing guns for self defense in preventing crime many more times than for crim CDC. Clinton

    8. “The figures for the 15 years after the gun laws were introduced to 2011 – the most recent available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – show the average annual number of gun-related deaths was 280.”

      “The average figure for gun-related deaths in the three years before the National Firearms Agreement was introduced was 513 deaths per year.”
      [source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-23/katter-wrong-on-gun-deaths/4904576

      Wikipedia's summary of the changes:
      "Historically, Australia has had relatively low levels of violent crime. Overall levels of homicide and suicide have been in decline for several decades, while the proportion of these crimes that involved firearms has consistently declined since the early 1980s. Between 1991 and 2001, the number of firearm-related deaths in Australia declined 47%.[26] According to a 2011 report from the Australian government, “…the number of victims of homicide has been in decline since 1996″. There were 354 victims in 1996, but only 260 victims in 2010, a decrease of 27 percent. Also, “The proportion of homicide victims killed by offenders using firearms in 2009–10 represented a decrease of 18 percentage points from the peak of 31 percent in 1995–96 (the year in which the Port Arthur massacre occurred with the death of 35 people, which subsequently led to the introduction of stringent firearms legislation).”

      Firearm suicides have fallen from about 22% of all suicides in 1992[27] to 7% of all suicides in 2005.[28] Immediately following the Buyback there was a fall in firearm suicides which was more than offset by a 10% increase in total suicides in 1997 and 1998.[citation needed] There were concerted efforts in suicide prevention from this time and in subsequent years the total suicide rate resumed its decline.

      The number of guns stolen has fallen from an average 4,195 per year from 1994 to 2000 to 1,526 in 2006–2007. Long guns are more often stolen opportunistically in home burglaries, but few homes have handguns and a substantial proportion of stolen handguns are taken from security firms and other businesses; only a tiny proportion, 0.06% of licensed firearms, are stolen in a given year. Only a small proportion of those firearms are recovered. Approximately 3% of these stolen weapons are later connected to an actual crime or found in the possession of a person charged with a serious offence.[29]

      The post-Port Arthur Massacre gun laws sure look like they helped: fewer people are dead. I can’t think of any other reasonable way of judging their success or failure.

    9. yeah i looked it up this is old, crime spiked slightly the year after and then decreased over the next decade and they never had another mass shooting… though they never had crime like we do in America and guns were already illegal for most people and the ban was only for military style riffles which you can still get if you can prove you have a need so this is false

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