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50 Random Facts About Guns and Gun Control

Written by The Informed Aussie
Published on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Globalist Report

gun posterTHE debate over whether or not Governments should tighten gun control laws around the world has escalated to the point were the lines between fact and fiction are more blurred than ever.

The following 50 random facts about Guns and Gun Control has been put together to provide you with an alternative view about the truth behind the gun control debate.

Some points are pro-guns, while others are anti-guns. Either way, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you believe governments should restrict the sale of guns.

Fact#1: In the United States of America, there were 3.59 gun murders per 100,000 people. This is the lowest it has even been since 1981 (Source: FactCheck.org)

Fact#2: In 2011, the firearms industry had a $31.8 billion impact on the US economy last year, up from $27.8 billion in 2009 (Source: Huffington Post)

Fact#3: Only 1.1% of background checks, a mandatory requirement of purchasing a firearm in the United States of America, were denied between 1994 and 2009 (Source: Business Insider)

Fact#4: Since 1982, there have been more than 60 mass murders carried out with firearms across the US, with killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. In most cases, the killers had obtained their weapons legally (Source: Washington Post)

Fact#5: In the United States, prisoners who committed their offence while in the possession of a firearm, on average received sentences of 18 years or more. Prisoners who committed their offence while not in possession of a weapon had an average sentence of 12 years. (Source: US Department of Justice)

Fact#6: After the gun buy back scheme in Australia following the massacre in Port Arthur Tasmania, the largest falls in firearm deaths occurred in states where more firearms were bought back. (Source: Do Gun Buybacks Save Lives? Evidence from Panel Data)

Fact#7: Immediately after the Australian Governments gun buy back scheme, accidental deaths caused by guns fell. However, 3 years later, that figure leveled out and then began to rise. (Source: gunsandcrime.org)

Fact#8: Australian Citizens do not, and never had, a constitutional right to own firearms. In fact, hand-gun ownership was restricted to certain groups who needed a gun for occupational reasons (Source: Snopes)

Fact#9: Countries and States with relaxed gun laws have lower rates of crime. According to FBI data, U.S. murders dropped nearly 40% to 14,478 in 2010 — a significant drop from 23,440 in 1990 — even as the overall population grew by 24 percent! (Source: Gun Owners of America)

Fact#10: In Australia, deaths caused by Guns has fallen from 324 in 2000 to 231 in 2010. However, during the same period suicide rates had only fallen from 2363 in 2000 to 2191 in 2008 (Source: http://www.gunpolicy.org)

Fact#11: Within four years, gun ownership in the United States of America exploded by 60.8% between 2007 and 2011 (Source: FactCheck.org)

Fact#12: In Australia, Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Australia are required to prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, hunting, target shooting, collection, pest control and narrow occupational uses (Source: http://www.gunpolicy.org)

Fact#13: Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population). (Source: American Civil Rights Union)

Fact#14: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day (Source: Targeting Guns, Dr. Gary Kleck, Criminologist, Florida State University, Aldine, 1997 )

Fact#15: 12 billion bullets are produced every year (Source: Amnesty International)

Fact#16: The murder rates in many nations (such as England) were already low before enacting gun control. (Source: Gun Owners of America)

Fact#17: Civilians own approximately 650 million firearms worldwide, roughly 75 per cent of the known total. Civilians in the United States own some 270 million of these. (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#18: In Japan, almost no one owns a gun. Most kinds are illegal, with onerous restrictions on buying and maintaining the few that are allowed. (Source: the atlantic)

Fact#19: In 2004 / 2005, Brazil destroyed 443,719 civilian firearms (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#20: Did you know that the United States of America rates 28th in the world for gun murders. Honduras rates number 1 (Source: Voice of America)

Fact#21: In 1942, Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” (Source: The Propaganda Professor)

Fact#22: In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated (Source: The Gun Zone)

Fact#23: Historians have pointed out, however, that the preceding democratic Weimar Republic already had restrictive gun laws, which were actually liberalised by the Nazis when they came to power (Source: Wikipedia)

Fact#24: Between 2004 and 2005 when gun controls were introduced in South Africa and 2011 / 2012,  gun-related crimes have decreased by 21.2%. (Source: Africa Check)

Fact#25: 3,500,000 Iranian civilians possess guns and the rate of private gun ownership in Iran is 7.32 firearms per 100 people. (Source: Al Arabiya News)

Fact#26: In Australia between years 2002 and 2003, more than 85% of firearms that were used to commit murder were unregistered (Source: SSAA)

Fact#27: According to the 2007 Small Arms Survey, of the Middle East nations, Yemen is the third country, Saudi Arabia is 6th, Iraq is 7th, Oman is 17th, Bahrain and Kuwait share the 18th place, United Arab Emirates is 24th, Qatar is 31st, Iran is 79th and Egypt is 115th. (Source: Al Arabiya News)

Fact#28: In a study of gun ownership in selected nations, Canada’s level of gun ownership (21.8%) was similar to France’s (23.8%) and Sweden’s (16.6%). (Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Fact#29: In Canada, gun crimes costs $3.1 billion, or about $93 for every person in the country (Source: Huffington Post)

Fact#30: In 2006, 1,287 young people were accused of a violent offence in which a gun was used. They accounted for 2.8% of all youth accused of violence; in contrast, 1.8% of adults accused of a violent offence had used a firearm. (Source: Statistics Canada)

Fact#31: 66% of police chiefs believe that citizens carrying concealed firearms reduce rates of
violent crime (Source: National Association of Chiefs of Police, 17th Annual National Survey of Police Chiefs & Sheriffs, 2005)

Fact#32: The highest rates of gun violence in 2006 were found in Canada’s largest cities (Source: Statistics Canada)

Fact#33: In 2010, almost 3/4 of the world’s weapons have been supplied by six of the world’s most powerful countries: USA (34.84%), Russia (14.86%), Germany (7.43%), United Kingdom (6.57%), China (6.29%), and France (4%). (Source: Amnesty International)

Fact#34: Thailand ranks #1 for % homicides with firearms (Source: Nation Master)

Fact#35: 0.1% of all deaths for children between the ages 0-14 are from firearms, 0.6% are from motor vehicles, 5.3% are from being struck in beatings or bludgeoning, 6.0% from poisoning, and 42.6% from suffocation. (Source: 1997 National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics Report)

Fact#36: 18-20 year olds commit over 23% of all gun murders. None of these criminals are allowed to purchase a handgun due to their age under current law. (Source: U.S. Treasury and Justice Dept. Report, 1999)

Fact#37: During the Clinton administration, federal prosecutions of gun-related crimes dropped more than 44% (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse Univ. 1992-1998)

Fact#38: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that suicide by firearms is continuing to decrease from a high in the 1980s, however suicide by hanging steadily increased throughout the 1990s and increased for three consecutive years after the 1996 buy-back. (Source: SSAA)

Fact#39: Of the 250,000,000 annual self-defense cases using guns, more than 7.7% are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979)

Fact#40: In Iraq and Afghanistan, 250,000 bullets were fired for every insurgent killed (Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Fact#41: The world’s most expensive rifle is valued at $820,000 (Source: Bornrich)

Fact#42: The first firearm ever made was in 700 A.D (Source: Wikipedia)

Fact#43: Switzerland has relatively lenient gun control for Europe, and has the third-lowest homicide rate of the top nine major European countries, and the same per capita rate as England and Wales (Source: Gun Facts)

Fact#44: Since gun banning has escalated in the UK, the rate of crime – especially violent crime – has risen (Source: Gun Facts)

Fact#45: In 1919, before they had any gun control, the U.K. had a homicide rate that was 8% of the U.S. rate. By 1986, and after enacting significant gun control, the rate was 9% – practically unchanged. (Source: Targeting Guns, Gary Kleck, Aldine Transaction, 1997, at 359)

Fact#46: Handguns were used in 3,685 British offenses in 2000 compared with 2,648 in 1997, an Increase of 40%. (Source: Illegal Firearms in the UK, Centre for Defense Studies at King’s College in London, July 2001.)

Fact#47: Organized destruction projects have eliminated at least 8.5 million small arms since 1991, three-quarters of which came from armed services. An unknown number are also lost through accidental wastage. (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#48: Chinese police destroyed 113 illegal gun factories and shops in a three-month crackdown
in 2006. Police seized 2,445 tons of explosives, 4.81 million detonators and 117,000 guns. (Source: China Radio International Online, September 7, 2006.)

Fact#49: The Mexican attorney general’s office reports seizing a total of 29,000 weapons in all of
2007 and 2008, or about 14,500 weapons a year. (Source: The Myth of 90 Percent, William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott, Fox News, April 2, 2009)

Fact#50: A recent survey found that 26 per cent (1.95 million) of Swiss own at least one firearm. Published estimates of total firearm ownership vary extraordinarily, ranging from 1.2 million to 12 million (Source: Small Arms Survey)

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    An excellent Commentary-Column & Video Post to
    read, and watch …folks.

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    “2013: It’s Going To Be A Rough
    Year……”

    [A Summary of Column]

    Make no mistake about it: to take away an
    American’s right to a semi-automatic rifle is to FULLY DISARM HIM. There is no
    Second Amendment; there is no right to keep and bear arms; there is no citizen
    militia; there is no liberty without the semi-automatic rifle! This is a line
    in the sand that is so important that no man or woman who believes in liberty
    should be willing to comply with any attempt by government to take away his or
    her semi-automatic rifle. There are some 50-75 million (a very conservative number)
    owners of semi-automatic rifles all across America. Each of us needs to make up
    our minds about this RIGHT NOW!……

    (See Commentary-Column Post via ….link below.)

    by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

    FYI.. As well; there is an excellent “Fact
    Sheet” regarding “Gun Control Fact Sheet” …its Web-page, ..is
    launched from within Baldwin’s Article-column.

    Baldwin’s Article-Post @—>>

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    http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin733.htm

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    (Approx. 3 min)

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTGM0ZOFRZI&feature=player_embedded

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    ~Ooden

    Qld. Aust.

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    Addendum….
    “Since independence in the fourteenth century, the Swiss have been required to keep and bear arms, and since 1515, have had a policy of armed neutrality. Its form of government is similar to the one set up by our Founders — a weak central government exercising few, defined powers having to do mostly with external affairs and limited authority over internal matters at the canton (state) and local levels.”
    ~Benedict D. LaRosa
    historian, author
    Source: Gun Control: A Historical Perspective, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 49 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).

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    “Those who have sought the most in gun control have sought the least in the punishment of criminals.”
    ~Robert J. Kukla
    Source: Gun Control

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    “In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.”
    ~Steven P. Halbrook
    Attorney, author
    Source: That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution Of A Constitutional Right, P. 83 (The Independence Institute 1984.).

    ~Ooden
    Qld. Aust.

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  • Ooden

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    Sorry Folks…. can’t help myself. ~Grin~

    Additional Quotes: FYI….

    Quotes Starts Here…

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    “A system of licensing and registration is
    the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.”

    ~Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    [Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870 – 1924), First Leader
    of the Soviet Union

    Source: Questionable: supposedly from “The
    Beginning of the Revolution in Russia”, Selected Works, Vol. I,
    International Publishers, New York, 1967, however, the quote does not appear in
    the text

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/jan/25.htm

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    “Any unarmed people are slaves, or are
    subject to slavery at any given moment. If the guns are taken out of the hands
    of the people and only the pigs have guns, then it’s off to the concentration
    camps, the gas chambers, or whatever the fascists in America come up with. One
    of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the
    Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a
    greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to
    defend themselves.”

    ~Huey P. Newton

    (1942-1989) Founder of the Black Panther Party for
    Self-Defense

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    “The most foolish mistake we could possibly
    make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all
    conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their
    own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply
    of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any
    sovereignty.”

    ~Adolf Hitler

    (1889-1945) German Nazi Dictator

    Source: Hitler’s Table Talks 1941-1944, Edited by
    H.R. Trevor-Roper (London: Widenfeld and Nicolson, 1953), pp. 425-426.

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    (Footnote: This Quote, is un-related to “Gun Control”, …but instrumental to
    highlighting Globalists, Elites and governments …their thrust for
    “power” towards…
    “Lordship” over the masses. Remember; it can be as swift as a
    “Coup-De -Tat, or Gradualism technique as per; NWO strategy.)

    “Most of the major ills of the world have
    been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual
    freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical
    zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of
    their own. The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and
    thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings
    by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on
    earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others – with the
    abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.”

    ~Henry Grady Weaver

    (1889–1949) American author, General Motors
    marketing executive who made the cover of Time in 1938

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    Acknowledgement:-

    Majority of these quotes (to which I am
    subscribed,) …are from –>>

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    http://liberty-tree.ca/

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    ~Ooden

    Qld. Aust.

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    Some
    Food for thought folks….. below …a collection of quotes, …some infers the
    necessity of “Arms” to rightly oppose “Tyranny,” …and secondly;
    ….”Arms” for defence against the lawless criminals who has no values
    of moral-decencies in their steed-like mentality of —”no rules of
    engagement” in their places of work.

    Collection
    of Quotes Starts Here…….

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    “Among
    the many mis-deeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act
    depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

    ~Mahatma
    Mohandas K. Gandhi

    (1869-1948)

    Source:
    An Autobiography, pg 446

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    (Footnote:
    Though this is not “Gun Related” …the fact they were an “Armed”
    against Royal-Tyranny makes it relevant.)

    “We
    come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge
    our wrongs and set our country free….”

    ~Sir
    William Wallace [Brave Heart] (c. 1270 – 23 August 1305) Scottish knight and
    resistance leader during the Wars of Scottish Independence.

    Statement
    before the Battle of Stirling Bridge (11 September 1297), as quoted in History
    of Scotland (1841) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 121

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    “[T]he
    police do not and cannot protect law-abiding citizens from criminal violence.
    … This thought may not occur to wealthy people who can shelter themselves in
    low-crime enclaves and who care not at all about their less fortunate
    neighbors. But no one knows it better than the police, who scrupulously
    preserve their own right to carry firearms on and off duty (and often after
    they retire as well) even while some of them advocate disarming those whom the
    police cannot protect.”

    ~Nelson
    Lund

    Source:
    The Past and Future of the Individual’s Right to Bear Arms, 31 GA LAW REV. 1,
    61-63 (1996).

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    “Laws
    do not curb the lawless. After all, that’s why we call them ‘lawless.’”

    ~Joel
    Miller

    Editor
    Real Mensch

    Source:
    Mensch Notes, April 21, 1999.

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    “[T]he
    next time you read or hear about a murder victim, a rape victim or an assault
    victim, I want you to preface it with the word ‘unarmed’ so that murder victims
    become ‘unarmed murder victims’; this is especially true in rape. How many
    times have you read, ‘An unidentified woman, heavily armed with a
    semi-automatic weapon was raped by a man wielding a knife.’ No answer is
    necessary, right?”

    ~The
    Liberty Pole

    Source:
    A Letter to L. A. Times Advertiser Big 5., October, 1997.

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    “Gun
    control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We
    have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates.
    It’s quicker to pull your Smith and Wesson than to dial 911 if you’re being
    robbed.”

    ~Lt.
    Lowell Duckett

    President
    of Washington D.C.’s Black Police Caucus

    Source:
    made in reference to a meeting between police and city residents held to
    discuss what firearms were legal for self-defense within D.C. March 19, 1996;
    quoted in the WASHINGTON POST, front

    page,
    March 22, 1996.

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    “Switzerland,
    on the other hand, insists that every male of military age must keep a powerful,
    fully automatic assault rifle in his home. Every home must be armed — by law
    – and some even keep mortars. Yet Switzerland has one of the most law-abiding
    citizenry, the lowest crime rate, and least violence of any country in the free
    world. And it has remained free for over a thousand years. Compare it to New
    York and Washington where handguns are completely banned. In fact, in
    Washington, Chief of Police Maurice Turner recently said that the District of
    Columbia gun ban law had completely failed, and he has called for armed
    citizen’s police auxiliary to help restore order.”

    ~Donald
    S. McAlvaney

    Source:
    Toward a New World Order, 56 (2Nd Ed. 1992).

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    “To
    preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always
    possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”

    ~Richard
    Henry Lee

    (1732-1794)
    Founding Father

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    “Guns
    are used for self-defense somewhere between 800,000 and 3.6 million times per
    year …. Using firearm crime and defensive gun use figures most favorable to
    advocates for stricter gun control, … the benefits from defensive gun uses
    exceed the cost of violent firearm crimes … by between $90 million and $3.5
    billion. Using the most credible estimate for defensive gun uses, the benefits
    range from $1 billion to $38 billion. Putting these dollar figures in more
    human terms: Guns save lives. The fact is that the best defense against
    violence is an armed response. For example, women faced with assault are 2.5
    times less likely to suffer serious injury if they defend themselves with a gun
    rather than responding with other weapons or by offering no resistance. …
    [P]ersons defending themselves with guns during an assault are injured only 12
    percent of the time, compared to 25 percent for those using other weapons, 27 percent
    for those offering no resistance and nearly 26 percent of those who flee. …
    [F]irearms are the safest, most effective way to protect oneself against
    criminal activity — which is why American police officers carry guns rather
    than going unarmed or merely carrying knives.”


    H. Sterling Burnett

    Source:
    Lawsuits Against Gun Industry Make Us Less Safe, SHIELD, p. 51 Summer
    1999.(Policy Analyst for National Center for Policy Analysis)

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    “The
    right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person,
    and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall
    not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit
    the carrying of concealed weapons.”

    ~Montana
    Constitution

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    “All
    persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their
    families, their property and the state.”

    ~New
    Hampshire Constitution

    Source:
    Part First, article 2-a.

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    “Every
    citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”


    Connecticut Constitution

    Source:
    Article First, Section 15.

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    “The
    people have a right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. And as, in
    times of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be
    maintained without the consent of the Legislature; and the military power shall
    always be held in an exact subordination to the Civil authority, and be
    governed by it.”


    Massachusetts Constitution

    Source:
    Part of the First, article xvii.

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    YouTube
    Video @—>>

    (approx.
    3 min “Lack of Gun Control” complainant).

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNdIBZWhzO8&feature=player_embedded

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    Rgrds
    to all…

    ~Ooden

    Qld.
    Aust.

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