On Sun, 25 Jun 2000 23:00:15
+0930, Theseus Peter McLean wrote:
Hi! Just a short
note to let you know how disappointed I was to see you circulating the
misinformation re: gun control in Australia. The "statistical data" you
express was supplied, presumably, by the NRA. Their campaign to derail
gun control in the U.S. was televised in Australia and roundly condemned
here for its inaccuracy and distorted statistics. Please check primary
sources before running such stories. What Americans choose to do about
gun ownership is your business, but make your choice based on facts not
offensive fiction. Yours sincerely, Theseus McLean. Adelaide.
Webmasters reply: Thank you very much
for your letter. I am very surprised to hear that this data is not
correct. Can you please tell me what the true numbers in crime are.
Today, here, a newscast was talking about how the officers want the guns
off of the streets. Two days ago one of the neighbors cows was loose
in the road, I was forced to call the police because of the dangers of
an all black cow on the road at night. I was privileged to talk to
the officer for almost an hour. He said that 8 out of 10 officers
here are for people having guns, assault guns were ok and even concealed
weapons were something that the police wouldn't mind. What
is the truth? Do the officers want guns off the street or do they
want more people to have guns?
I will place your letter
on this page as an opposing view and I really appreciate it.
I do know that having a gun saved my behind twice so far. I'm glad
that I have one.
If you have any more
information on this matter or more comments please send them to me.
I'm just looking for the truth.
C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster
from Newark on Trent, England. We too have suffered
the confiscation of our personal handguns by Government decree.
On the local, (Nottingham)
news tonight, I noted that there had been 13 incidents of shootings involving
hand guns in two local areas, (thought to be drug related), the Police
response is to put armed Officers into the area.
It seems that the
Police can only carry out their duties if they are armed, but honorable
and law abiding citizens are not allowed the means to defend themselves.
I hope that this situation is not repeated in the U.S. We have a rising
tide of burglary, (in occupied premises), since the hand gun ban, and I'm
sure that you would suffer similarly if the anti - gun lobby has it's way.
Good luck! Gordon
Gun Law Failure Australia Crime
Increases After Guns Are Confiscated Orange County
Register Letters to the
Editor Section 8/4/99:
It has now been
12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender
640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the
government more than 500 million dollars.
And now the results
are 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 (yes, 44 percent). In the state
of Victoria, homicides with
firearms are up 300 percent.
Figures over the previous 25
years show a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms (changed
drastically in the past 12 months). There has been a dramatic increase
in break-ins and assaults of the elderly. Australian politicians are on the spot
and at a loss to explain how no improvement in "safety" has been
observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended
in "ridding society of guns." Bet you won't see this data on
the evening news or hear your governor or members of the state
Assembly disseminating this information. It's time to state
it plainly: Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and
property and, yes, gun-control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens.
Take note, Californians
and other Americans, before it's too late!
Info from an anonymous
A reply from the webmaster about gun ownership.
Thanks for the great link. Even though I am a gun advocate and
guns have protected me and my girlfriend from being beaten three times
now it doesn't mean that having guns makes the average population safer.
I always like to hear the truth even if it isn't the truth that I believe.
But, I do know that showing my gun to the cowboys who we clearly overheard
talking about how they were going to rape her and beat me stopped them
dead in their tracks and their reply to me was, "yes sir, no sir, thank
you sir." The punk kids that were going to beat me after I
turned them for stealing my stereo system were also stopped when I pulled
out a Mini-14 with banana clips. The man that was trying to break
into my van ran like hell when I stuck a 357 magnum in his face was stopped
by my having a gun. The dog that was going to jump me also knew what
a gun was and stopped in his tracks. I can read all of the statistics
but I do know that owning a gun stopped people from hurting me.
But there is one more thing. When I sold my house in California,
I looked at my Mini-14 and said, why do I need this. The truth is,
living in California, I needed a gun, but living in Illinois, I don't
need a gun.
Thanks a lot, I placed a link on the first page of the gun control
pages. I do believe one reason I need a gun, however, is because
scum bags also have guns.
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