In 1999, Australia engaged in the most massive gun control effort in history. Nearly seven hundred thousand guns were turned in by citizens, under a new and stringent gun control law. This is the first national experiment in serious gun control, in a society in which guns have previously been relatively freely available.

Initial statistics reveal the following new trends in this previously low-crime society:

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%

If these statistics prove valid, they should be a warning to gun control advocates that law-abiding citizens should not be denied gun ownership unless an effective means can also be found to deprive criminals of their guns.

The problem with such laws is that when large numbers of law-abiding citizens give up their weapons in societies that have allowed weapons possession, only the criminals remain armed.

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