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Signatures on WH’s Gun Control Petition Skyrocket

Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 9:55 AM
It is a common fantasy that gun bans make society safer. In 2002 -- five years after enacting its gun ban -- the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime. In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner. Even Australia's Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime: In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent. Sexual assault -- Australia's equivalent term for rape -- increased 29.9 percent. Overall, Australia's violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 9:56 AM
Moreover, Australia and the United States -- where no gun-ban exists -- both experienced similar decreases in murder rates:

Between 1995 and 2007, Australia saw a 31.9 percent decrease; without a gun ban, America's rate dropped 31.7 percent.

At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8 percent: rape dropped 19.2 percent; robbery decreased 33.2 percent; aggravated assault dropped 32.2 percent.
Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:00 AM
So there is your proof that gun bans help no-one but criminals. So if your mother, sister, girlfriend or wife gets raped in the future, you have only yourself to blame for it for creating an environment that is more inducive to crime rather than a deterrent to it.
melfan Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 12:45 PM
Logic tells me that!

If I have a sign out front of my house that says "owner is armed and will use deadly force on any intruder" and you have a sign that says "I don't believe in guns so don't own any."

Which of those two houses do you thing the criminal will rob?

To drive this point home, everyone of these recent shootings happened in "gun free" zones!

A gun control petition submitted to the White House’s powerful online petition site, ‘We the People,' shortly after the CT massacre quickly surpassed the number of signatures required to get an official administration response. As of writing, the number of signatures reached 119,505 (and is growing by the minute), far exceeding the 25,000 required. The petition states:

The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered...