The Santa Fe purports to tell its gun owning majoirty of readers how Australia beat the “gun lobby.”
Oh, are you going to tell how Martin Bryant was, as many Aussies believe? They make a very good case, but that is beside the point.
The writer of this expose ignores a packed Australian parliament and a Prime Minister who has sworn to ban all guns other than single sots. All it took was a tragedy.
So, as the Australians have it, Martin Bryant was tapped for the job of patsy, and 35 Tasmanian’s lost their lives.
But the New Mexican’s writer knows nothing of this. He only knows what gun banners, the only gun lobby there is, have told only him. And they have ot told him of the consequences of that gun ban, a supposed “buyback” of property the government never owned.
He knows nothing of the lives lost, the crimes committed and of the once low crime rate that is now according the fourth highest in the world. So high it leas England, and trails only Venezuela and Brazil.
No, he knows nothing of the consequences of the tragedy he glorifies.
N.B. The latest rankings, most from 2014
Venezuela, 84,000 crimes per 100,000 population.*
Brazil, 54,000 crimes per 100,000 population*
Guatemala, 44,000 crimes per 100,000 population*
Australia, 36,000 reported crimes per 100,000 population
England, 32,000 reported crimes per 100,000 population.
And of course the United States, where we must do something about guns,
United States, 206 2.847.8 per 100,000 population.
* Police estimates
U.K. (England) from the Office of National Statistics, and Parliamentary reports.