Just received this in an email. Don’t know if the stats are right, but,,,,
“-— 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 6.2 percent,
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 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, while the resident is at home.
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 on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience speaks for itself. 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 too late!
Will you be one of the sheep to turn yours in?”
Snopes has that one listed. I’ve seen the Australian government’s reported figures and they don’t square with what you posted. My guess is, this is bait from progressives to bring light to the real numbers provided by the Australian government and made to embarrass conservatives.
All Freepers need to be made aware of the new favorite tactic by the progressive left. They post fake information to a blog that anyone who does not share their views would support. They then let comments accumulate until they have what they want, then take all those comments and use them as an example of how stupid the believers are. I’m sure there is a clever name for this tactic, probably something similar to “phishing”.
The tactic has been picking up steam and is going to be used a lot in the gun debate. They will be trying to compare the US to other countries using spurious data sets to support their gun ban agenda.