The Therapy Sessions
Friday, October 03, 2003
CDC Criticizes Gun Control
A federal review of the nation's gun-control laws finds no proof that they work
No study was necessary here. We need only look at Britain or Australia. Both countries have enacted some of the strictist gun laws in the world (at least for democracies: dictatorships always have the highest level of gun control).
Crime has exploded in both countries, as armed criminals find easy prey in an unarmed population.
GUN crime has almost trebled in London during the past year and is soaring in other British cities, according to Home Office figures obtained by The Telegraph.
And in Australia:
Australia's gun legislation was the most up-to-date in the Pacific region, the survey said, with average annual firearm imports dropping 66 per cent since gun laws were tightened in 1996/97 after the Port Arthur killings.
However in the 2001/02 financial year Australian customs officials seized 812 illegally imported firearms with hundreds of thousands believed to have made it onto the market.
And from 1999 to 2002 the number of robberies involving firearms in Sydney's most populated areas rose by 34 per cent, while handgun homicide has grown from 13 to 50 per cent since Martin Bryant killed 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in Tasmania in April 1996.
One particular type of crime - home invasions - are particularly common. A home invasion happens when a thief breaks into a house, subdues the owner and takes what he wants (steals everything of value, rapes the women...etc).
This particular type of crime in the US is relatively rare: convicted criminals say that nothing scares them more than confronting an armed homeowner.
Could there be a connection?