Violent Crime On Rise In Land Down Under

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Australia has joined with the other English common-market countries, such as Canada, in establishing very strict gun-control and registration laws. A recent study in Australia has shown the following results:

In the past 12 months, 540,381 personal firearms have been taken from gun owners and destroyed at a cost to taxpayers of more than $500 million.

Homicides are up 3.2 percent, assaults are up by 8.6 percent; armed robberies are up by 44 percent.

Australia had been enjoying a steady decrease in armed robbery crime for the past 25 years. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how the public safety has decreased after "successfully ridding Australian society of guns."

Bob Wilson, Payson

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