Monday, June 29, 2015

The destruction of Canada's "long gun registry"

...and the inconvenient continuation
 of Australia's

"In the 19 years since the announcement of legislation specifically designed to reduce gun massacres, Australia has seen no mass shootings. As Howard wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times in 2013, "Today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate."

Source:  Australian Institute of Criminology

By now it must be obvious to everybody except the Gun Lobby that military solutions to international disputes make matters worse, not better.  The Gun Lobby clings mysteriously to the belief that violence is very much a reasonable solution to civilian disputes, in the absence of evidence that such is the case.

So the numbers are not obviously up, except for sexual assault.

If you account for the growth in Australian population (to express the rate of violent crime per 100,000 population)

So what seems clear is that during the period that these statistics were collected, all forms of violent crime were lower in 2012 than in 1992, except for sexual assault.

Hard to believe that sexual assault increased because of decreased access to guns.

Fortunately, we have the Federal Court...