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Gun Control

There is a lot of knee-jerk reaction to violence involving firearms. In a lot of cases, you have people like Rosie O'Donnell suggesting gun buy-back programs. With this type of program, people sell their guns to the police department or the local government, thereby reducing the number of guns in the hands of civilians.

It sounds so sweet doesn't it? "If we reduce the number of guns out there, we can save lives!!!"

WRONG!

I have said it before, and I will say it again. "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns." What happens when people are presented with a government program to turn over their weapons? Law-abiding citizens will turn them over. Those that have no interest in following the law will not.

There is evidence to back this up.

A new report from Australia shines the light on such a program. Australia enacted tougher gun control laws in 1996. Buy-back programs were a part of this. After 10 years, what do the statistics show? I quote:

"The introduction of Australia's tough new gun laws in 1996 has done little to reduce the rate of gun murder or suicide."

Need I say more? (Well, I'm going to say more anyway.)

Blaming law-abiding gun owners is not the answer to violence. Making it more difficult for the general populous (who has no intention of burglarizing, kidnapping, murdering, etc.) to own a form of self-protection is not the answer.

These knee-jerk reactions will only make it worse for those of us who must defend ourselves against the violence. If you want the real answer to the problem, take a look at our legal system which treats criminals with "kid-gloves." Take a look at the "victim mentality" that is idolized. Take a look at the demogoging of self-protection.

There you will find the answer.

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