As Americans debate within their own minds about guns, these points in Australia are submitted for education.
Confiscation of Firearms
In more than a decade since Australia has been stripped of their guns. The confiscation of guns in Australia was initiated by the government of Australia and the citizens were told to surrender their firearms.The law abiding citizens surrendered those weapons, but the criminals did not.Many records are kept by elected officials and then made public to Australians. The records only show the people who have reported any disruption of their safety by an intruder in a residence, business or recreational setting.There are so many instances that are never recorded or reported regarding guns held by people who illegally have guns in Australia.
Gun Control By Government
There was 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by the Australian government. The program was a costly one to the tax payers. The total cost of the confiscation and destruction of those weapons was $500 million dollars.Profiles in the government are selected according to crimes committed by a person. http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/0/B/6/%7B0B619F44-B18B-47B4-9B59-F87BA643CBAA%7Dfacts11.pdf If you want to check further, click on the link above.A problem with gun confiscation is that those guns are never given back to citizens and the actions caused by that government is not always the correct one for law and order to be seen and lived by all people.
Homicide is the unlawful killing of another person. Homicide does not include attempted murder or driving causing death in Australia.Some countries stipulate offences that are in the homicide category.Those unlawful acts are not considered in the tally here.Homicides are a figure Australia took notice of, to report statistics. At first the figure was 300% increase in firearm related homicides in 1997, however Snopes states that is over inflated and was only a 171% increase.Snopes can be relied on as much as a person will believe that source.Your own research will give you some more facts to consider in homicide and gun related crimes regarding Australia.
Crime Stats from the Australian Site
Guns confiscated in Australia have resulted in the greatest number of violent crimes being committed in 2010. At that time 171,083 were categorized as violent crimes with people who reported being a victim of a crime. The year 2001 was a peek year for robbery in Australia with a high number of 26,591 reported robberies. The numbers keep changing with new restrictions being put upon citizens regarding gun ownership.The government does not seem to realize it is the guns in the hands of the criminals that still keeps the gun related crimes continuing in that country since the years of gun confiscation mount.
Age and Offenses
Australia's record keeping shows males are considerably more the victim of robbery than females in 2010. This is for all age males up to the age of 19. Above the age of 45 and older,the distinction between male and female robberies were fairly equal.Heroin offences were high during 1996 to 1999 creating 14,341 arrests in Australia.There are numerous underlying causes in the records of the Australian government for crimes that are committed yet they frequently end back with guns being the root cause or some involvement.Record keeping in Australia is being looked at by many countries to determine the validity of weapon confiscation.
The idea of regulating firearms to this point is one that Americans have a very hard time grasping...it is very interesting to see what actually happens over time. Also...Australia does not really have borders that guns could easily be transported over...so it really would not be the same. H5