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Letter: We need to look beyond guns to find causes of violent crime
Responding to Mr. Michael Cornel's comments regarding the removal of guns in Australia as a "true portrait of gun control" (Letters, Dec. 17): The old saying of figures doesn't lie but liars figure. His comments give the reader a false impression that gun control is working in Australia and is a great solution. Australia's Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime: In 2006, assault rose 49 percent and robbery 6 percent. Sexual assault — Australia's equivalent term for rape — increased 29.9 percent .Overall, Australia's violent crime rate rose 42 percent.
January 4, 2013