“‘Draconian gun legislation was passed in the heat of the moment.
… As a result of stringent gun laws (really a ban on firearms) in Australia, all semiautomatic firearms (rifles and handguns) are proscribed, including .22-caliber rabbit guns and duck-hunting Remington shotguns. …
‘At a cost of $500 million, out of an estimated 7 million firearms (of which 2.8 million were prohibited), only 640,000 guns were surrendered to police. What has been the result? Same as in England. … Crime Down Under has escalated.
‘Twelve months after the law was implemented in 1997, there had been a 44 percent increase in armed robberies, an 8.6 percent increase in aggravated assaults, and a 3.2 percent increase in homicides…'”
Anti-gun laws don’t stop crimes from happening; they increase them. Tolkien warned us in The Return of the King:
“‘It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two, Master Warden,’ answered Eowyn. `And those who have not swords can still die upon them.'”
And they’re dying and hurting in Australia. And New York, where the Sullivan Laws of 1921 really work well, too.
As Heinlein put it, “An armed society is a polite society.”