The Los Angeles City Council approved a package of gun control laws in late 2008, placing new requirements on ammunition sellers and banning the sale of "military-style" ammunition in the hopes of further reducing the city's gun and gang violence. Let's face it. The problem with crime in Los Angeles is caused by too few firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens, not too many. Banning the sale of .50 caliber ammunition will do nothing to decrease crime just as all of L.A.'s other gun laws have done nothing to reduce crime. L.A. Police Chief William Bratton proclaimed that, "Unless you are out trying to kill Godzilla, and I think the last time we saw Godzilla was in the 1950s, there is no need for this type of weapon unless it is in the hands of the military or law enforcement," referring to the .50 caliber rifle. Unfortunately Bratton's argument falls flat since there are no recorded instances of a crime being committed with a .50 caliber rifle in the U.S. Perhaps this is because the .50 caliber rifle measures 5-6 feet long and weighs about thirty pounds. The average cost of a .50 caliber rifle is $5,000. Not exactly convenient for anything except target shooting at the firing range by sporting enthusiasts. Clearly Bratton should have argued for more police personnel, tougher sentencing for repeat offenders, and banning criminals who enter the country illegally. Bratton should have further argued that law-abiding citizens act as an extension of law enforcement by expanding the volunteer police force and providing firearms safety and tactical training for the general public. Any firearm that can be used to commit a crime can also be used to prevent a crime. The facts consistently prove that banning or restricting firearm ownership increases crime. This has been shown in every instance. For example, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore Maryland experience 8-10 times higher crime rates than similar cities with shall issue concealed carry laws. Crime has more than doubled in England and Australia where firearm ownership was banned in the late nineties. There is zero evidence to show a reduction in crime as a result of any gun or ammunition ban, restriction, or other harrassment. This is almost entirely due to the fact that: (A) Anti-gun laws do not affect criminals since criminals, by their very definition, do not obey the law; and (B) Criminals prefer unarmed victims. When facing the barrel of a gun, the criminal runs away. Unfortunately, the facts are irrelevant to anti-gun politicians. As long as L.A. voters continue to remain in the dark about their city's problems, crime will only continue to go up. Los Angeles sets the example for anti-gun politics so you can expect to see similar bills, including a huge tax on ammunition purchases, being introduced across the country. It's up to you to get involved if you don't want your fair city transformed into a haven for gang members, drug dealers, and other criminals.