VIA| Gun-controlled Australia is having a major problem with, wait for it, guns.
Innocent, unarmed people are dying because they aren’t able to protect themselves from the bad guys who manage to acquire weapons.
Hillary Clinton is in favor of Australia’s gun confiscation.
Will the mainstream media report the situation ‘down under?’
That was rhetorical, really.
From The Age:
“Melbourne is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of gun violence.” With these words, The Age this week began a three-day investigative series that should concern every citizen of a metropolis that has repeatedly snared the accolade of “world’s most liveable city”.
Our comprehensive package is about more than liveability; it is a matter of life and death. As gun-related crime has surged, innocent people have been killed in the crossfire, and more will be unless concerted action is taken by those who make laws and those who enforce them.
The facts are chilling and compelling. In as little as five years, gun crimes have more than doubled. Some very dangerous people are involved; in 2015 alone, more than 750 people with serious criminal convictions were caught carrying guns. That’s up a staggering five times since 2011. Shootings have literally become a weekly event. Crimes related to firearm possession have more than doubled in the past five years. The number of young criminals has rocketed; almost 1500 people aged between 20 and 34 committed a gun offence last year, more than twice the number five years ago. A culture of carrying, and using, guns is becoming worryingly entrenched in criminal circles.
The escalation rivals the Underbelly War between drug syndicates that shook the city between 1999 and 2005. Drugs are again involved, particularly illicit stimulants, but insidiously those with the guns are not only dealing the drugs, they’re consuming them, which adds to the volatility and danger.
What to do? We believe one important response would be to replicate the buyback policy then prime minister John Howard adopted after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, Australia’s biggest gun tragedy. Indeed, we believe the policy should be extended to some handguns, which were not part of an amnesty that nevertheless netted 700,000 firearms. Many of the illegal handguns on the streets today date from before 1996. And legal guns have been stolen from their owners and passed on to the illegal market.
How much more proof do we need that people are safer with guns?
H/T: Federalist Papers