Hillary Clinton pointed at Australian gun-control measures as symbols of how to prevent bad guys from getting guns, but according to Australia .. their measures are allowing ONLY bad guys to get guns.
Australia’s Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, held a joint press conference to announce “We don’t tolerate gun smuggling in Australia and we know Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are engaged in it. We have been keen to send the strongest possible message from Canberra that we’re not going to tolerate people smuggling in guns or smuggling in gun parts. You’d appreciate that even one smuggled gun can do an enormous amount of damage.”
When politicians announce that they don’t tolerate something, it’s a fair bet that the something is completely out of hand.
“Police admit they cannot eradicate a black market that is peddling illegal guns to criminals,” the Adelaide Advertiser conceded a few years ago. “Motorcycle gang members and convicted criminals barred from buying guns in South Australia have no difficulty obtaining illegal firearms – including fully automatic weapons.”
That’s what every lawful gun owner fears. Only the criminals will have a way to obtain guns and ordinary citizens will be unable to defend themselves when bad guys crash through the front door or grab them out of their cars.
Many have pointed to Australian gun control as a success story. Australia’s New Daily reported some numbers that illustrate the opposite.
More recently, the country’s The New Daily gained access to “previously unpublished data for firearms offences” and reported a surge in crime “including a massive 83 per cent increase in firearms offences in NSW between 2005/06 and 2014/15, and an even bigger jump in Victoria over the same period.”
It would appear that criminals are on a crime spree – they get to rob, rape and pillage a population that the government has prohibited from defending themselves. It’s a sort of nationwide gun-free zone – and we know what happens in those.
Continuing to understand how Australia’s gun policy may or may not be effective, we look at a directly opposing model – the United States:
without Australia’s confiscation policy, the United States has seen its murder (including nonnegligent manslaughter) rate drop from 9.3 homicides per 100,000 U.S. residents in 1992 to 4.7 in 2011 and decline further, to 4.5 per 100,000 in 2014, the last year for which full data is available. During this time, the number of firearms in civilian hands increased by roughly 50 percent, to an estimated 300 million.
It may just be time for Australians to demand the right to self-defence so that they, like U.S. citizens, may protect their right to life, liberty and property.