Is the administration using the Sandy Hook tragedy to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty – global arms looting? Many other shootings have resulted in similarly cynical gun ban attempts around the world. Are gun laws to control guns or to control people?

The British Gun Grip

The 1987 English shooting in the town of Hungerford killed sixteen people before the shooter killed himself. Britain already had strict gun control laws, the public and even the police were unarmed. If gun bans decrease carnage, how come so many died? Many hours passed before armed officers came to the rescue.

In 1996, nine years later, a man with a history of mental instability walked into a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and murdered sixteen young children along with their teacher. He injured many others before taking his own life.

British results

Ignoring the obvious (the lack of guns in responsible hands had greatly increased the carnage), the British government instituted even tighter control over gun ownership.

The unfortunate results? Total failure, the British Telegraph newspaper reports that*:

“The UK is the violent crime capital of Europe… The total number of recorded violent crimes compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.”

In Britain, with a near-total ban on guns, home burglaries occur half the time while, in the US, break-ins make up only about 10 percent of break-ins. A study by criminologists Rossi and Wright found that American thieves fear armed homeowners more than police**.

The Australian Gun Grip

In 1966, six weeks after the 1996 Dunblane massacre, an Australian with a history of violence attacked tourists in Port Arthur, Tasmania, with semi-automatic rifles. He killed 35 people and injured 21 others.

Ignoring the painfully obvious conclusion that the lack of guns in responsible hands greatly increased carnage, the Australian government instituted even tighter control over gun ownership with the National Firearms Agreement.

Australian Results

Such a drastic action by the government must have been highly effective, right? No absolutely not! Once again, the evidence emphasizes the ineffectiveness of even more gun controls.

In 2008, the Australian Institute of Criminology reported a 9% decrease in homicides and a one-third decrease in armed robberies since the 1990s, but an increase of more than 40% in assaults and 20% in assaults sexual.

A 2003 study by the Brookings Institution found that homicides merely “continued a modest decline.” Firearm use rose sharply, but only one of the 117 firearm homicides used a registered weapon in the next two years. Suicides with firearms decreased, but suicides by other means increased.

They reported a “modest reduction in severity” of massacres over the next five years that involved knives, gas, and arson rather than firearms. Even, During the same period, deaths attributed to firearms in the United States fell almost ten times more than in Australia.

This video on the results of the gun ban, including commentary from Australian police, says it all.***

European Results

Supporters of a world government would gain clarity by exploring the enormous problems in Europe. The European Union has increasingly centralized controls over the entire continent, which has caused more and more citizens to be very unhappy with the EU.

European bureaucrats blithely ignore the wishes of individual countries while “harmonizing” (implementing) unpopular centralized laws and regulations that maintain that one size should fit all. But harmonization simply removes the benefits of competition, making government failure even more apparent. Very few European citizens are happy with the resulting decline in Europe’s economic performance.

The 2011 riots in Britain demonstrated how gun bans disempower you. Citizens were unable to defend themselves or their property from the rioters, and neither were the police.

Weapons provide protection against the most powerful

The US Constitution says that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” for a very good reason.

Look at the students massacred by the government at Kent State University; the innocent citizens murdered by the government in Waco and the increasingly inhumane treatment of protesters like the Occupy Wall Street group. That very good reason is to make sure you can protect yourself from both others and oppressive governments.

However, some politicians want to deny law-abiding citizens their right to defend themselves. They say gun bans protect you. But as United States Senate candidate Dan Bongino explains: “There is no such thing as gun control, only people control.”

Are President Obama and other gun control enthusiasts cynically using this horrible tragedy as another political opportunity? Are they trying to implement the UN’s global arms control agenda and repeal the US Constitution?

Increased dissatisfaction with federal control

The dissatisfaction with the growing federal interference can be seen in the United States. Resentment is growing over federal attempts to usurp powers legitimately reserved for various states. State legislatures in Arizona, Texas and Wyoming, among others, have introduced bills to emphasize their constitutional rights to ignore federal gun laws.

The backlash against increasingly powerful central governments shows the real problem. Thoughtful citizens increasingly recognize the endemic problem of government failure: government incompetence in the most fundamental government task: protecting both citizens and their property.

food for thought

“It is clear that the drafters… included the right to keep and bear arms among the fundamental rights necessary for our system of ordered liberty.”

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2010

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* Complete failure of the British gun ban reported in the British Telegraph newspaper:

** US burglars are most afraid of armed homeowners, can be found via:

*** Video detailing the results of Australia’s gun ban is at:

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