Thursday, June 5, 2008

Gun Bans Increase Violent Crime

Nice article describing the net result of violent crime increasing in areas that institute gun bans.

. . . In 1996, following the tragic mass murder at Port Arthur in Tasmania, in which 35 died, Australia's national and state governments agreed to a massive gun confiscation. Beginning in 1997, over 643,000 firearms were "bought back" by the national government and destroyed, at a cost of over half a billion Australian dollars.

The effect was almost immediate: Gun crime went up.

In the first two years after the buyback, armed robberies rose by 44%, assaults by 9% and murders 3% . . .

H/T to Cam on NRA News.

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