Another Anti-RTKBA LTE in Roanoke Times:
Shootings will end when we take guns out of the equation - Roanoke.com
As I am still within the limit on frequency of LTEs, I can't respondShootings will end when we take guns out of the equation
Shootings will end when we take guns out of the equation
I am tired of reading about handguns and the assertion that everyone should carry a handgun so that he or she can protect themselves and others against a deranged shooter like Seung-Hui Cho.
Years ago, a deranged shooter in Tasmania shot and killed 30 people. Since this tragedy, Australia has had the good sense to outlaw handguns. According to the Australian Government Institute of Criminology, the total number of homicides by handguns has dropped 30 percent since 1999.
Life is precious, and the taking of a person's life is horrific. No law that permits the carrying of a concealed handgun is worth the taking of a life.
The argument has been made that if everyone at Virginia Tech had been permitted to carry a handgun, then Cho would have been shot dead in his tracks before he had a chance to shoot. Poppycock!
The only civilized thing to do is to abolish handguns and then there will be no need to carry one for protection. Unless handguns are abolished, tragedies like the one that occurred at Tech are destined to occur again and again, with innocent bystanders, including those with concealed handguns, being shot.
However, feel free to pick up the gantlet.
BTW -- he was cherry picking his stats. The same Australian Government Institute of Criminology reports:
Violent crime statistics
Homicide and kidnapping occur at rates of less than 5 per 100,000 each, and are difficult to distinguish on this chart.
The trend in the rate of recorded assault increased steadily from 1996 to 2006. The rate in 2006 was 829, compared with 623 per 100,000 in 1996. The 2006 rate was the highest recorded since 1996.
The rate for robbery peaked in 2001. Following a subsequent decline, the rate has levelled out to 84 per 100,000 in 2006.
The rate of kidnapping remained between 3 and 4 per 100,000 between 1996 and 2006.
The homicide rate was 1.9 in 1996 (which includes the 35�victims of the Port Arthur massacre) and was at its highest in 1999 at 2.0 per 100,000. By 2004 it had dropped to 1.5�and has remained stable since then.
The rate of recorded sexual assault increased between 1996 and 2006 from 79 to 88 persons per 100,000. However, the increase has been much less marked in more recent years.
Homicides in Australia 2004-05 : weapon type [Fact sheet]The weapons/methods used in the commission of homicide have remained relatively unchanged over the years. The figure below shows that while the most common types of weapons used in homicide in Australia are weapons of opportunity, such as knives or sharp instruments and hands and/or feet, weapon use tends to differ based on the gender of the victim. Females were more likely to be killed with a knife or sharp instrument (37%), followed by being beaten to death with hands and/or feet (27%). This pattern of weapon use was similar for male victims, although the proportion of males killed with a firearm in 2004-05 declined, with a firearm becoming the third most common weapon for male victims (19%). Fewer than one in 10 females were killed with a firearm in 2004-05.
Yep! confiscate the guns and use of guns go down, some.
Crime stay about the same, however.