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To:
Sen. Robert Menendez

March 16, 2013

 This discussion is about gun control in America, specifically about armed violence.
• After Australia’s 1996 sweeping gun-control measures. the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by FIREARM plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006,
• there was no corresponding increase in NON-FIREARM-related homicides.
• The drop in suicides by GUN was even steeper: 65 percent.
• Robberies involving a FIREARM also dropped significantly.
• MEANWHILE, HOME INVASIONS DID NOT INCREASE, CONTRARY TO FEARS THAT FIREARM OWNERSHIP IS NEEDED TO DETER SUCH CRIMES.
• And most spectacularly ---- in the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
• peer-reviewed papers noted that the rate of decrease in gun-related deaths more than doubled following the gun buyback, and that states with the highest buyback rates showed the steepest declines.
• A 2011 Harvard summary of the research concluded that, at the time the laws were passed in 1996, “it would have been difficult to imagine more compelling future evidence of a beneficial effect.”
• According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, the public's perception is that violence is increasing, but ARMED robbery has decreased by one-third since 2001.
• If homicide is the yardstick by which the level of violence in society is measured, then, by that measure, that violence is increasing in Australia cannot be substantiated since it continues to decrease.

http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/curre...

Below is another reference. Remember we are talking about about guns and a real-life Australian experiment.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/12...

Monroe Twp , NJ