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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Got Gun, Part II

Rich Somerville writes of 400 Barney Fifes, May 29, 2005
Mr. Butler wrote that the sheriff's office was so alarmed that a newspaper was checking out public information that it mailed a warning to Nevada County's 400 private pistol-packers.

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Even if The Union published the names (why not?), why are those Barney Fifes on the list so fearful?
Well here are some suggestions:
One year after Australia's gun-owners were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, including semi-automatic .22 rifles and shotguns, a program costing the government over 500 million dollars, the results are in...

OBSERVABLE FACTS, AFTER 12 MONTHS OF DATA:
• Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2%
• Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6%
• Australia-wide, armed-robberies are up 44%
• In the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300%
• Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in homicides-with- firearms, with sharp in crease in last 12 months
• Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in armed-robbery- with-firearms, with sharp in crease in last 12 months
• From 1910 to present, homicides in Australia had averaged about 1.8-per-100,000 or lower, a safe society by any standard.
It looks like the criminals forgot to turn in their guns. When criminals know you do not have a gun they feel much safer to use theirs. That is why we do not want a list of gun owners published in The Union.

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