Update: as it turns out, this letter is 8 or 9 years old, but the statistics do check out.  The gun law in question was passed in 1996, and one year hence, the statistics bore out as outlined in this letter.  The current status of the law is unknown to me.

Got this in the mail from a co-worker today:

      Here’s a thought to warm some of your hearts…from Ed Chenel, a police officer in Australia…  

       Hi, Yanks!  I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under.  It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640, 381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million.
       
       The first year results are now in.  Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2%, Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6%, Australia-wide, armed robberies are  up 44% (yes, 44%)! 
 
       In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300%.  (Note that, while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not!  And criminals still possess their guns!)
       
       While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.  There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly.
       
       Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in “successfully ridding Australian society of guns.” You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State
 Assembly disseminating this information.
       
       The Australian experience proves it.  Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
       
       Take note Americans, before it’s too late!

/rizzn