Australia's latest gun amnesty raises questions

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Australia has some tough gun control laws, laws that some want to mimic here in the United States. They think that the Land Downunder has it right when it comes to guns and there’s no reason the Land of the Free shouldn’t follow their lead.

Apparently, the Second Amendment isn’t a thing in their version of reality.

Regardless, they want to see those laws passed.

However, do those laws really work as advertised? Well, Australia’s having another gun amnesty, if that tells you anything.

A national gun amnesty has been launched across Australia, with holders told to surrender their illegal firearms or face the full force of the law.

The three-month campaign is encouraging people to surrender any illegal guns in their possession and dob in neighbours, family and friends to Crime Stoppers.

It is estimated more than 260,000 unregistered guns are in circulation in Australia.

Home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, in Melbourne on Thursday to announce the amnesty, said there was no excuse for anyone in Australia to have an illicit firearm.

“Our message today is simple … hand it in,” she said in a statement.

“If you surrender it, you can do so without penalty. The alternative is a knock on your door from the police and the potential for serious criminal penalties, including imprisonment.”

But my question is, if gun control works so damn well, why are they having to do yet another gun amnesty?

This isn’t the first one, after all, they have had a few. One in 2016, as an example. They’ve also had gun turn-in events that were oh-so-impressive.

And this is after something like a quarter of a century of tough gun control.

It kind of makes you wonder what it would look like if Australia’s gun control laws were actually a failure, amirite?

Anytime the government there announces some kind of amnesty, it’s a tacit admission that their gun control policies didn’t actually work and they’re trying to deal with it. They’re counting on otherwise law-abiding people to decide it’s not worth prison time and to turn them in.

The problem is that those aren’t the people they need to be worried about.

Assuming these people have had these guns since before the new gun control laws, then it’s likely they don’t intend to use them for much of anything besides hunting, plinking, or self-defense.

The guns the government needs to be worried about rest in the hands of people who aren’t really worried about going to prison. After all, if they were concerned, they’d probably not be breaking any of the other laws that they’re breaking.

Gun control doesn’t work. It doesn’t work here and it’s not working in Australia.

Yet people still think we should go down that particular road, despite more firearms in circulation per capita than Australia had before they passed their anti-gun laws. Do they really think we’ll turn them in like good little sheep?

If Australians won’t do that, why on Earth would you believe Americans would suddenly comply? Sorry, not going to happen.