“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” – Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist in 1764.
The Australian population has been disarmed for a number of years. According to World Net Daily, their overall crime rate has seen an increase. See statistics here. I guess criminals aren’t too stupid. Jefferson’s statement quoting Beccaria does make sense.