Move over Chicago, Australia is about to become the poster child for gun control. Just like Chicago, Australia has made it extremely difficult for law abiding citizens to own guns for protection. And like Chicago, Australia is experiencing a huge increase in crimes committed with illegal guns. In Melbourne, they have experienced a gun crime every week for the past 21 months. And like Chicago, their answer is more gun control. Like Chicago, it won’t work.
One of the main targets for armed felons are the police:
A police officer has been shot in the head with a shotgun blast after attempting to stop a vehicle suspected to have been involved in a series of shooting and firebombing attacks on the homes of the Williams crime family.
A police van was shot as officers attempted to intercept a suspected stolen vehicle.
Members of the Hells Angels bike gang were believed to be behind bullets being fired into a police building in a suspected revenge attack.
Lawmakers are discussing such things as having another gun buyback and increasing sentences for people who commit crimes with guns. But that isn’t their real problem. Their real problem is two fold, just like Chicago. First of all there are no guns throughout the populace to discourage thieves from breaking into homes or robbing people in the streets. Look how carefully mass shooters in the United States look for gun free zones to unleash their carnage.
The second reason is also shared by the two. Lack of enforcement.
County Court Judge Lance Pilgrim said:
“I am now becoming an old ancient; when I first worked in the courts 54 years ago, 55 years ago … the maximum for possession of a handgun, first offence, was 12 months. Now look what has happened. In that time it has gone, if I am remembering correctly, from 12 months to seven years. That is a 700 percent increase.” Yet the penalty — severe as it sounds — is rarely enforced. The Sentencing Advisory Council indicates “less than half of criminals are ultimately sent to prison after being found guilty of possessing an unregistered firearm.”
In Chicago it’s even worse From the NRA:
In 2014 in Chicago, over 2,500 people were shot—nearly 400 of them fatally—and police seized more than 6,252 guns. Yet out of those 6,252 guns seized… federal prosecutors saw fit to pursue just 62 weapons prosecutions. In other words, for every 100 guns police seized, federal prosecutors made just one prosecution.
Increasing gun control is like mixing ketchup popsicles with men in white suits. It sounds real good until you put it into practice.