Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Just received an email from a contact LEO in the USA. It was supposedly initiated by an Australian LEO and gave most unfavourable statistics relating to compulsory buy back of firearms by the Australian Government. The bottom line was that firearm deaths were much increased and the offenders were criminals with unlicensed weapons. So the message was from Australia to America, do not go the way of us.. Support your right to keep an arsenal, and forward this email on. Now I do not mind bullshit. Have won awards for it, but I was interested enough to do some research. The paragraph below is from Federal Statistics. I like guns, wish I could own one. But thats the way the cookie crumbles.
According to the Homicide in Australia: 2001-2002 National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) Annual Report, despite an overall increase in homicide victimisation in 2001-02, there was a decrease in the number of recorded homicides where the type of weapon used was a firearm. Between 1 July 1989 and 30 June 2002 there has been a gradual decline in the use of firearms to commit homicide. Firearms were used in 26 per cent of homicides in Australia in 1989-90, compared to 14 per cent in 2001-02. This represents a 25 per cent decrease, and is the lowest proportion of homicides committed with a firearm since the inception of the NHMP in 1990. The most common type of firearms used to commit homicide in 2001-02 were handguns (56 per cent) and in most cases the firearm used in the homicide was not registered or licensed to either the victim or the offender.
Total homicides and firearm homicides, 1989-90 to 2001-02