Democrats keep beating the drum of gun control, arguing that less guns mean less gun crime. And they point to nations like Australia to make their case.
But recent news coming from the land down under puts a monkey wrench to that idea.
It was reported on Wednesday that a rash of gun violence along Australia’s famed Gold Coast is a major concern for authorities as the Commonwealth Games approach.
In the past week two men were shot, and one killed, and a house was inundated with gunfire in the region, the Courier Mail reported.
The latest firearm incident happened on Wednesday night when a house at Arundel was fired at in a drive-by shooting.
Acting Inspector Matt Ward, of Surfers Paradise CIB, said the three shootings were not connected and were targeted rather than random attacks.
But he said the spate of shootings was concerning.
“I’d suggest one (shooting) is a high number for any community … certainly three is a concern to us,” Ward told the Mail.
“For that reason, we will give it our close attention.”
“Police are doing quite a lot in this space at this point in time,” Ward said.
He said that a task force was created last year to combat illegal guns.
But that flies in the face of what leftists have been saying for years.
They have made the case that taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens would negate the need for these type of task forces, because when you make guns illegal gun violence will magically stop.
The same way crack and heroin use stopped when those substances were made illegal. The same way prohibition got people to stop drinking alcohol.
And Coast Mayor Tom Tate wants to increase police presence for the game. Added police for the gun violence that is not supposed to happen after the public has been disarmed.
Mayor Tate said the number of Coast shootings was ‘well below’ other major cities.
He said police had told him the shootings were not random but rather part of a ‘territorial’ turf war by ‘drug perpetrators’.
“The way I look at it, the wider community, we’re in safe hands from the police,” he said.
Cr Tate said he would like more police but understood there were budget constraints.
“Do you want (it) safer? The answer’s always yes, we want more police,” he said.
“For the Commonwealth Games, the state’s reputation and the city’s reputation is at stake and the numbers of police will increase accordingly.”
The mayor believes the citizens are safe in the hands of the police, but the fact is that police rarely arrive as a crime is occuring. Rather, they generally arrive after the crime has been committed to gather evidence in order to apprehend the perpetrator. That is not a knock on police, it is a statement of fact that there is no way for them to be everywhere and know where a crime is going to happen before it does.
In 2015 a local CBS affiliate described resident’s frustration with how long it takes police to arrive to a scene.
Records obtained by the I-Team show that in fast-growing Frisco, the average response time has increased from about 5 minutes five years ago, to more than 6 minutes today.
In McKinney, it takes 6 minutes, 24 seconds – more than 30 seconds longer than in 2011 – for police to arrive at your doorsteps.
In North Richland Hills, the average police response time for priority one calls was 6 minutes, 9 seconds, more than a minute longer than in 2011.
And in Dallas, it takes an average of 7 minutes, 38 seconds for police to reach you in an extreme emergency – more than a minute longer than five years ago.
Again, it is not the fault of police who have suffered cutbacks in both finances and manpower. But when seconds count police are minutes away.