-- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2002 4:03 AM
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 7:52 PM
From: Ed Chenel, a police officer in
Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now
been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381
personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia
taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent In the state of Victoria alone,
homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens
turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with
firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals
now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in
break-ins and assaults of the elderly.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after
such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian
society of guns." You won't see this data on the American evening news or hear your
governor or members of the state Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and
property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note
Americans, before it's to late!
FORWARD TO EVERYONE ON YOUR EMAIL LIST! DON'T BE A MEMBER OF THE SILENT MAJORITY AND LET
THE VOCAL MINORITY LET THIS HAPPEN IN THE U.S.