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Australia confiscates guns, crime goes up

ALAN C. EDWARDS, Carson City

It has been 12 months since Australia confiscated 640,400 firearms from its citizens. Has this resulted in an increase in the safety of the citizens and the reduction of crime as the politicians said it would or has there been an increase in crime as common sense would dictate?

Common sense wins the argument. Here are the results: Australia-wide homicides up 3.2 percent, assaults up 8.6 percent and armed robberies up 44 percent. The State of Victoria has an increase of homicides with firearms of 300 percent.

For 25 years, there had been a steady decline in armed robbery that has increased dramatically since the confiscation of firearms from the law abiding. There has been a drastic increase in break-ins and assaults on the elderly.

Tyrannical governments must have an ignorant and unarmed population to rule over successfully.