A little chart from Australia, showing after the gun ban in 97 that homicides with knives went WAY up. We should ban steak knifes too?
Australian Institute of Criminology - Homicide weapon statistics
AUSTRALIA: MORE VIOLENT CRIME DESPITE GUN BAN
On the other hand
snopes.com: Australian Guns Stats
Once again, the problem is not with guns, my hunting rifles are designed to kill, period! As are ALL guns, what I kill with them is up to me. Not sure how many rattle snakes I killed with my hand gun growing up on the farm, but I'm sure it saved my life more then once. You yourself have stated that you carry an automatic pistol in the outback. These types of crimes are more of a reflection of our society as a whole, the availability of any type of firearm is going to do nothing to change that. I simply cannot advocate any more nanny state laws, because a few nut jobs use weapons to murder people. Unless we are talking about going back to un-rifled muzzle loaders, which by the way, can still kill you.