by Alan L. Lundy
With all the media induced frenzy over gun control, the 80,000 Million Mommies, and the President\'s various plans surrounding the issue, I have to say that in reality gun control really does work. There are volumes of evidence to prove this. Before anyone gets the wrong impression (like, hey I thought this guy was opposed to gun control) let me explain how it works.
Gun control is an effective tool when dealing with crime. It has proven to have profound results. Why, in Australia alone gun control has had a dramatic affect on the crime rate. Don\'t believe it?
Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent, prompting critics of U.S. gun control efforts to issue new warnings of what life in America could be like if Congress ever bans firearms. After Australian lawmakers passed widespread gun bans, (law-abiding) gun owners were forced to surrender about 650,000 weapons, which were later slated for destruction, according to statistics from the Australian Sporting Shooters Association.
The bans were not limited to so-called \"assault\" weapons or military-type firearms, but also to .22 rifles and shotguns. The effort cost the Australian government about $500 million, said association representative Keith Tidswell. Though lawmakers responsible for passing the ban promised a safer country, the nation\'s crime statistics tell a different story:
Countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent; Assaults are up 8.6 percent; Amazingly, armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent;
In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent; In the 25 years before the gun bans, crime in Australia had been dropping steadily, now there has been a reported \"dramatic increase\" in home burglaries and assaults on the elderly.
At the time of the ban, which followed an April 29, 1996 shooting at a Port Arthur tourist spot by lone gunman Martin Bryant, the continent had an annual murder-by-firearm rate of about 1.8 per 100,000 persons, \"a safe society by any standards,\" said Tidswell. But such low rates of crime and rare shootings did not deter then-Prime Minister John Howard from calling for and supporting the weapons ban.
The statistics speak for themselves, and gun control works. The problem is \"who\" it works for. Everyone interested in the subject is by now familiar with John Lott\'s work \"More Guns, Less Crime\". Dr. Lott admits he had no interest in firearms until he began to research the affects of gun control on society. His conclusions led him to write a very exhaustive piece of research that proved that an armed populace is the greatest deterrent to crime.
States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%; and, If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and 12,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.
Again I will say it: gun control works (for the criminal). Tell me how you feel when you take your family out to eat or just an afternoon at the mall and are forced to sit at a stop light where thugs happen to be hanging around on that particular corner. If you live in a state where the gun laws are hyper-oppressive, and being the model law-abiding citizen (ready-made-victim) you are, odds are great that you are not armed. Knowing your state law prohibits you from practicing self-defense, do these seedy individuals have greater confidence in approaching you? Think about it.
Here in America we are in the pre-ban phase of gun control. The tighter the gun control restrictions become, the higher the crime rate goes up. Washington DC and Chicago, IL are two examples of rigid gun control law that have led to an exploding crime rate. The arguments of both cities as to why this has happened crosses the line of stupidity. \"Guns are being brought in from other areas and used to perform criminal acts in our city\" is what you get from both mayors of these crime infested metropolises. Duh! Criminals don\'t close the doors and have going out of business sales, they just choose to operate in areas that offer the least amount of resistance and our benevolent government seems all to happy to oblige.
Several years ago California required law-abiding citizens who owned one of those wicked looking \"assault\" rifles to register with the state. This was done with the state going out of it\'s way to guarantee these law-abiding citizens that their second Amendment rights were not being infringed and that this was not a pre-confiscation maneuver. Later when the state was proposing stricter gun control measures and banning so-called \"assault\" weapons one politician made the statement that we now have all the names, let\'s just go to their homes and take them. I like what one person has called this; People Registration, because that\'s what it is.
Watch closely those countries that have recently banned citizens from defending themselves from common street criminals. The \"real\" criminals are not far behind and they want more than your wife\'s jewelry or that forty bucks you have in your wallet. They want more than what that of a sick mind requires in order to fulfill a rapists needs.
Guns are less available now in this country than they have ever been. There are more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights than any time in history. Laws that make the law-abiding jump through any number of hoops just to exercise a right are written in volumes. Certain weapons have been banned in many areas of the country. Gun control is here and according to the gun grabbers crime should be all but eliminated. Yet we have a growing ATF and FBI. We have a military style local police force that is becoming more and more beholding to the federal government. Why?
There has been a political ideology in place for years that seems to float from one society to the next and it has historically sought to destroy and dominate those who disagree with it. It has found a home here in America and has been allowed to flourish under our form of government. This ideology has chosen it\'s side and controls the very foundations that we depend on. It has perverted every social institution in the land and made that which was abnormal the norm. It has created enemies of the state by influencing government to take a side on issues where the government is required to remain neutral. Bill Clinton may be out of job in six months but his party will still be in Washington, and no matter what happens in this coming November\'s election, this ideology has infected both parties now. They both see the possibilities and political advantages that will come from an unarmed populace!
The \"real\" criminals don\'t necessarily show their true colors immediately, but in the end they always do. And they always eliminate their opposition. History doesn\'t lie:
\"In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.
\"In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians were rounded up and exterminated.
\"Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others were rounded up and exterminated.
\"China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.
\"Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians were rounded up and exterminated.
\"Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians were rounded up and exterminated.
\"Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million \'educated'people were rounded up and exterminated.\"
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
So don\'t tell me gun control doesn\'t work! The numbers prove it!
The big lie is about who gun control works for!