Hillary Clinton has said Australia’s 1996 gun ban—and subsequent confiscation and destruction of over 650,000 guns from pump shotguns to rimfire .22 rifles from lawful people like you—is an idea “worth considering on the national level.”
Australians beg to differ.
Today, 20 years after Australia’s gun ban, gun crime is skyrocketing in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. And now politicians are talking about passing new gun-control laws to further disarm law-abiding Australians.
Since 2011, according to the Australian newspaper The Age, gun-related crime has doubled there:
“Crimes associated with firearm possession have also more than doubled, driven by the easy availability of handguns, [banned] semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and, increasingly, machine guns, that are smuggled into the country or stolen from licensed owners.”
Indeed, politicians have passed law after law in Australia to make gun crimes doubleplus and tripleplus illegal over the years. As County Court Judge Lance Pilgrim told The Age, “When I first worked in the courts 54 years ago, 55 years ago … the maximum for possession of a handgun, first offense, was 12 months. Now … it has gone, if I am remembering correctly, from 12 months to seven years. That is a 700-percent increase.”
Yet for all of Australia’s harsher laws and supposedly stiffer sentences, prosecutors and courts too often don’t enforce them when it counts. As The Age points out, according to Australia’s Sentencing Advisory Council, “less than half of criminals are ultimately sent to prison after being found guilty of possessing an unregistered firearm.”
Right now, Despotoski said, he and others don’t know what, exactly, the government will push by way of new anti-gun laws.
In Victoria, there’s talk of another “amnesty” to get citizens to hand over firearms that were banned in 1996 but not yet confiscated. There’s also talk of new powers for police, including warrantless searches for prohibited persons and new “prohibition orders.”
Might Australia seek to ban handguns, as the United Kingdom did? “It very well could happen,” Despotoski said. “If they think they can get away with something, they will.”
So when Democratic presidential nominee Clinton says the Australian gun ban would be “worth considering on the national level,” remember what that means—and on Nov. 8, vote to save your right to defend yourself and your family.
Basically, it is exactly what I have been saying for about twenty years… gun control doesn’t do anything to the criminal element, only the law abiding element. And when it comes to antis, there is never enough gun control. Mark my words, if the antis got every gun on Earth and had them all destroyed, it would not end. They would just start on knives and move from there.