You also have overall crime rates comparable to Western Europe....First, unlike America, Australia actually has homicide rates around what you would expect for a prosperous, well run western democracy (slightly higher than comparable European nations, but still lower than almost any US state - even the largely rural ones)......
no problem will do....Next time you talk about the impact of gun laws on homicide I not only look forward to you pointing out the dramatic drop in Australia, I expect it. You now have a much longer data set, not just the one the NRA likes. Ignorance is no longer an excuse.
hrmm nationmaster isn't giving me YOY comparisons but perhaps that drop in deaths are robbers/beaters not being shot?Additionally, in the 5 years after those laws were enacted firearms deaths from all causes in Australia almost halved. Be sure to bring that up too - looks like cause & effect (or perhaps causation & correlation only cut one way).
In a case of massaging numbers, what is the total number of robberies in 96 vs now? If as i suspect the number of gun crimes hasn't gone down, but non-gun crimes have gone up.And finally, in the decade to 2010 the percentage of murders caused by firearms has ranged between 16% & 9%. In the preceding 6 years it ranged between 17% & 31%. The use of firearms in robbery & attempted murder have also dropped, in the case of robbery dramatically (the figures to 1998 were all between 15% & 9%, since then they have not gone above 7% & been as low as 4.5%. In other words, gun crime is lower, in some cases quite dramatically.
Accordign to Nationmaster your nation ranks #1 for total number of crime vitims the US is 15th.... go figureNo doubt you can somehow spin this to prove that firearms restrictions in Australia have been a terrible mistake & that we should have followed the enlightened lead of our American cousins. By all means defend America's gun laws. If I lived there I'd probably want to be able to arm myself too. Not only has the horse bolted on sane firearms laws, it has died of old age. Just don't try to tell me that my nation's policies make me less safe - they don't. I have been walking around the streets of my ethnically heterogenous inner city neighbourhood in my LA - sized city at all hours of the night & day for almost 2 decades. I am cheek by jowl with drug dealers & prostitutes and in the shadow (literally) of housing projects. My mother worked in one of them for a decade. Neither of us have ever felt threatened. Murder is rare. I can't even remember any shootings here. If you want to trot Australia out as an example Z, use us as an example of the success of gun control.
Your very own government admits that the crime rate is up, in some cases dramatically. The AIC states page shows assault is way up from around 600 victims per 100,000 (1996) to well over 800 (2007). Some crimes like robbery peaked and have since receeded. My guess is the peak was the gun using criminals now beign un-opposed and the declien is thier eventual arrest. But the overall rate remains high, same with sexual assault, your nation leads the US by 2.5x in rape rates....I can not support the contention that less guns has had a detrimental effect (Gun ownership was low in any case) in statistical analysis.
Australian Institute of Criminology - Violent crime
Roosie, you did not prove crime rates where higher in the US, your source showed the opposite.
Per nationmaster the US is ranked 15th in number of crime victims behind
2. New Zealand
3. United Kingdom
In the UK 26% of the [population is a crime victim. In the US its 21%