Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
No "right to bear arms" in Australia
I am unfamiliar with the letter that you are referring to and suggest that perhaps a search on the internet might be fruitful...
From what you have said, I wouldn't place too much credibility in the author of the letter however, as Australians have never had "the right to bear arms"...there is no mention of such in our Constitution that was passed by the Brittish Government in 1900 (and came into force on 1 January 1901)...and there was certainly no such right (or Constitution) existing prior to this... Any attempt to suggest that a rise in crime statistics is related to gun control is a nonsense an I would refer anyone who wishes to argue this to the Australian Bureau of Statistics and in particular the National Crime Statistics Unit...25 years in policing at senior levels, I have heard the various pro shooters associations try to use such arguments and they don't 'hold water' so to speak. There are way too many demographic variables involved including unemployment, immigration, cultural issues etc etc and many many credible academics have written on such...to try and just use the increase in gun control to explain any increases in crime rates...what absolute rubbish!
We have tight gun control laws across all of Australia where you must be licensed to carry a gun. There are various types of licences ranging from those who need a firearm for their employment (such as security guards) through to sporting shooters. Hand-gun licenses are much more difficult to obtain and you must be a member of a pistol club. Long-arms you must have a reason for having them (such as being a farmer and controlling pests) and/or be a member of a gun club...
I am very well aware of how passionate many of those in the States are about their "right to bear arms" and I would really prefer that the Australian & New Zealand forum is not utilised to discuss the pros & cons of gun ownership in the USA and strongly suggest that any such discussions are contained to the USA forums...
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Last edited by onions; Apr 7th, 2007 at 7:42 pm.