Jan
22

Free Ammunition Arm Yourselves with Facts and Logic.

Free Ammunition Arm Yourselves with Facts and Logic.

“Men prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.” — Francis Bacon- (1561-1626) Philosopher, British Lord Chancellor

Most of us do not want to have anything to do with politics, most shooters are not active Labour or Liberal Party members, the majority of Australians have a natural aversion to politics in general but as soon as we purchase a firearm or begin shooting competition or hunting we put our foot into the political river and have to learn to swim against the current. Anything to do with firearm is politics, due to the fact that governments do not want you to have them, as they know that power comes from the barrel of a gun and want only their own sycophants to have them.
In days gone bye, law abiding shooters thought it only necessary to join a shooting organisation pay a fee, read about issues in the morning paper and leave the organisation to lobby for them, maybe sign a petition. If it did not work and they had to hand their treasured possessions in. Well, that was there organisations fault, they tell themselves, “I did my bit I paid my money and went to all the trouble to sign the petition”.
They don’t rejoin, they lost their property so they lost the reason to be in that organisation. Without ever thinking about why they lost.

“The news isn’t there to tell you what happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear or what it thinks you want to hear.” Joss Whedon,

The Australian media machine with government aid had a total monopoly on public information in 1997/1998 it was so strong it isolated, criticized, marginalised and destroyed all opposition to the mantra of Gun Control. That same sort of publicity machine is at full power in the USA at present and as well as punishing the innocent majority in the USA, the Law abiding Firearm Owners its power stretches across the world and punishes law abiding shooters in Australia. So much so, that we are forced to defend ourselves.  

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
 John F. Kennedy

The heavy propaganda filling our newspapers and airwaves is eagerly agitated by politicians with their own self for filling agenda’s, it gets to be so strong that keen life time shooters, who are sick of being punished, (identified as potential child killers) then walk in and hand in all their treasured firearms. Mostly regretting it for the rest of their lives.

“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, (Newsworld or CNN.)”  B.W. Powe,
It is common to see an appeal to emotion, particularly fear, in propaganda campaigns; an example of this can be seen in public health campaigns
These Anti gun (propaganda) campaigners rely on human psychology, looking particularly at how people behave in groups, to develop effective campaigns that will reach their audiences. Some are more sophisticated than others, and many rely on subconscious biases that are already present in the general population. These can be exploited to make people feel a threatened in a certain way, triggering the desired response to the campaign. Appealing to a person’s emotions, changing  people’s minds in a way that a thorough examination of the facts of an issue would not do.

Most of these news bulletins feature women speaking in seductive voices provide quotes and keep replaying photos of dead children. This can create a positive association with the information provided and provoke compliance with the directions of the campaign.
Propaganda will rely on forcing viewers to pick a side with the use of tools like black and white logic, where people are presented with only two available options, you are either a good or bad person if you do not accept how they see it, your bad, very bad. Another technique is a rhetorical proposition or trick which leaves the viewer with no way out. Such as, “If it only saves One Life, its worth it”, This ‘old stager’ was used against us in 1996 and was reiterated last week by Piers Morgan.  

“Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.”
Gil Courtemanche
Creators of propaganda will also create scapegoats, rely on stereotypes, and use labels or name calling to make the target of a campaign into a generic box called the “others” who threatens the familiar “us”. CNN and Sky place Law Abiding Firearm Owners into boxes using the same techniques as were used by Germany Hitler and Goebbels prior to World War II, where anti-Semitic campaigns were used against the Jewish public.

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
 Noam Chomsky,
Creators and producers often stick to one or two simple points and repeat them frequently to make sure they sink in. They rely on very simplistic explanations in the hopes of reaching people and making them internalize and repeat the message. As Ozzy Osbourne once said in an interview with the New York Times: “I keep hearing this [expletive] thing that guns don’t kill people, but people kill people. If that’s the case, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?”
The Anti Gun campaign media ignores the fact that if they sent just people they would still kill one another with the tools they were born with, their brains and their hands and feet. Instead, the Anti Gun media just keep repeating it. They chose to forget that he is a Satanist, has a group the Black Sabbath, encourages suicide in his songs, and is a self admitted Drug Addict. In 1981, Osbourne bit the head off a dove during a meeting with CBS Records executives in Los Angeles. Then spat the head out, with blood still dripping from his lips. On 20 January 1982, Osbourne bit the head off a bat while performing at the Des Moines, Iowa and had to be treated for suspected rabies. No, they promoted him as a peace loving pacifist, idolising him as being smart, because he is well off.

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
Joseph Goebbels

You may note, that the law abiding Firearm Owner is portrayed as an ultra right wing fascist type, even if it’s the ‘Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership’. No one can think of a the name of the many hero’s who have prevented a mass killing, but just about everyone can think of a name of the dead beat killer or killers. Due to the Anti Gun media campaign which with every detail describes their personal life, their likes their habits their politics, idolising them into a demi god status on one hand and demonising the NRA, or the Shooters Union, or the JFPO as right wing extremists who are supposed to love killing. Like the quote above they turn the square into a circle, they make black white and night into day. The bad guy who gets killed by the armed victim is never mentioned, nor is the hero, the media punishes the pillars of our community the licensed firearm owners and glorifies the Martin Bryant’s. They know that this encourages all the other deadbeats who want and need that glorification to repeat the performance. That is the way the enemies of our freedom work. Facts have no part of it they have an agenda with a timetable.
Please use the information on these website to spread around our own media network, the internet, emails, face books. Etc.

“It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.”Harold Pinter
Many Australians believe the lie that has been fed to them, that the Americans have a right to have arms and we Brits and Australians have No Bill of Rights, and No Constitutional Rights what so ever. Some, have been lied to so constantly that they do not even believe that Australia has a Constitution, others even law abiding Firearm Owners believe because the Anti Gun media machine has kept telling them, that as firearms are not mentioned in the Australian Constitution that we have missed out on that right. No one has convinced them that they are born with rights, no government can create or legislate and give a right. The documents that form our written Constitution such as the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Arbroath, the Petition or Rights, the Bill of Rights 1689 only attest, or state the rights that have always been present, the right to freely own property, the right to self defence, the right to free speech, the right not to have the government send its army through your front door on illegal searches, the right to Trail by Jury. As the reigning Monarch on their Coronation has to swear to uphold the Ancient Rights and liberties of the subjects then the Governors that she appoints can never have more power than the Monarch, the Monarchs powers are restricted by the oath so to is the powers of the Governor General. Without Royal assent no legislation has legal standing. The Bill of Rights in more places than one states,   

“By causing several good subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when papists were both armed and employed contrary to law;”

” That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law;”
This Bill of Rights was the predecessor of all other Bill of Rights they all acknowledge rights and rectify the abuse of them.
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp
Its old but it is still in force in every Australian States legislation, without it still standing, our Parliament would not have inherited the right of parliamentary privilege’
“That the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament;” that the amendment that protects our politicians from being sued so to try and remove the Bill of Right would image their own protection. It has never happened, they cannot divest themselves of the above 7th Amendment without losing the 9th Amendment. Any move to remove it would be un constitutional and unlawful, but if they can convince enough people that is does not exist then we have no chance of using it for protection.

The Second Amendment.
The right to bear arms in the USA means something as the Americans have kept it alive, in Australian it has been submerged, but is not quite dead. We drastically need to resurrect it as soon as possible. We all are all suffering under the campaign in the USA. We need every tool in our box to off set the coming deluge of public mis-information.

Now, you have thought about, why we lost, last time. What are you going to do this time?

In case you have not noticed we have email, we have the internet, we have Youtube, we have face book and still have radio talk back and letter to the editor and other media outlets now in the hands of millions of safe responsible shooters.
They have punished us, minimalised us, cajoled us, reviled us, fined us with licence fees, registered us and put us all on Crimtrac and we keep growing. In Queensland 16% increase per year, at the Gold Coast 32 % increase over 300,000 this year and still there are queues of people waiting to do the enforced legislation course. Our politicians are scared after the last Labour Police Minister received over 2000 submission on the last changes to the Act they are aware that they have a Tiger by the tail.
Hundreds or thousand of law-abiding firearm owners use our firearms safely and responsibly every day. We are mechanics, doctors, teachers, police officers, firemen, nurses, factory workers, and every other occupation you can name. We are a vast and too-often silent majority … and our rights are under attack again.
You have to be political they want your rights, they want your property and they want to take away your livelihood, your sport or your hobby. We need everyone’s voice to be heard!
Given the huge forces assembling against us, merely relying upon the lobbying efforts of a few organisations is completely insufficient. Law-abiding firearms owners must stand up and be heard. You cannot expect your local Gunshop or the Importers or the Dealers Association. This affects all of us, so we cannot stand idly by and rely upon others to fight on our behalf. Too much is at stake.

Step One: Please click on  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/Members/mailingLists/MEMLIST.pdf
as it is a full list of all Members of Parliament in Queensland, email address and phone numbers look yours up or send an email to all of them. These are the people that vote to place impositions on your rights. This is an easy way to tell your legislators you care more about your gun rights than his seat in parliament. Let him know you want his representation for less impositions.
If you prefer, you can phone them or write to them a more personal letter by snail mail.

Step Two: Get all your friends to help support our rights; pass this around and ask them to click on the link and send emails and letters too.

More: Many other elected officials have been looking for an opportunity to curtail our firearm rights and think they can win now if they move quickly while world emotions are high. In Canberra Julia Gizzard and her cronies and in many state legislatures across the country, anti-gun forces are gathering and conspiring in an effort to pass bad legislation that will go beyond anything we have ever seen. At least one state legislature NSW has already  passed a law enforcing the registration of all ammunition sales. That right not just showing your licence but recording name licence number and what you have purchased.
This will send a lot of local dealer to the wall as they cannot afford to pay extra staff to relay this information back to the government. Reality seems to be lost on politicians, so only votes count let them know, that you will be watching there vote in parliament on the subject closest to your heart.
 
Free Ammunition, Facts and Logical Argument.
More lawful gun ownership, less crime.

You will need Firearm Facts to pass to your face book friends you can always click on http://www.owenguns.com/magazine/  To use information from 75 other articles like this one.
As you have probably noticed the Anti Gun extremist media never let the truth get in the way of a good story, never believe what they say until you have checked the story from other sources on the internet such as actual coroners, court transcripts, and Bureau of Statistics and similar authentic reports. Even police reports are self interested but closer than the Anti Gun extremist media. Always, check out what they are not telling you, or compare what information is first released and then observe how they change it.

1. At first reports from the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting, first the .233 Bushmaster (so called Assault Rifle) was found in his car, he was found dead with two pistols within the school. So how did he shoot with the rifle and shoot himself and go back and put the rifle back in the car?
December 16, 2012, Erica Goode wrote a New York Times feature article titled “Rifle Used in Killings, America’s Most Popular, Highlights Regulation Debate.” A sub-title read “Lanza Used A Popular AR-15 Style Rifle In Newtown.” December 17, 2012, Kevin Johnson wrote a feature article for USA Today titled, “Main Gun In Newtown Also Used In D.C. Sniper Shootings.” December 19, 2012, Steve Almasy wrote a featured article for CNN.com titled “Newtown Shooter’s Guns: What We Know.” Almasy, allegedly quoting Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance, wrote, “the primary weapon used in the attack was a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type weapon.”  Due to corrections published on the internet late last week Connecticut Police admitted Lanza did not use the rifle only the pistols.

2. The Anti Gun media did not mention that the State of Connecticut already had a total ban on so called Assault Rifles. Neither, did they mention that when the Columbine High School tragedy happened the USA had a total ban on so called Assault Rifles. Bans never work, look at the Prohibition on alcohol and the later Prohibition on Drugs. Can anyone point to any of these Bans that work?

3. Tell your lawmakers, when drafting new useless firearms legislation, to consider . .

“There are no laws ever passed that have any effect on one who would shoot his mother.”
 CPT Ray Carney, SF
 U.S. Army (Retired)
He, or she is not going to take any notice of Assault Rifle Bans, or Gun Free Zones or parking regulations out side of the school, the only person who is going to stop him is another person with a gun and a bullet. As soon as they find out bullets are coming back the other way its over.
If the perpetrator did not use an Assault Rifle what is all the ‘who ha’ to ban 30 shot magazines? Why does America want to ban Assault Rifles, only 3.5 % of murders in the USA are committed with rifles the rest of the homicides have used handguns?  
We know they have other agenda’s but need not go into that here.  

4. The Anti Gun extremist media use Australia’s 1997 socialist engineering experiment in confiscation and registration to beat shooter with in the USA. They also are using false information to prop up this failure to encourage our government to continue with further legislation.  
But these changes have done nothing to reduce gun-related deaths, according to Samara McPhedran, a University of Sydney academic and co-author of a soon-to-be-published paper that reviews a selection of previous studies on the effects of the 1997 legislation. The conclusions of these studies were “all over the place,” says McPhedran. But by pulling back and looking purely at the statistics, the answer “is there in black and white,” she says. “The hypothesis that the removal of a large number of firearms owned by civilians [would lead to fewer gun-related deaths] is not borne out by the evidence.”

Arm yourself with the Facts.
Firearm homicides in Australia were declining in 1990, before 1996 and the decline has simply continued at the same rate since. McPhedran says. (In 2002-3, Australia’s rate of 0.27 gun-related homicides per 100,000 people was one-fifteenth that of the U.S. rate.) Of course, it’s possible there might have been a spike in firearm homicides, and one or more Port Arthur-style events, if not for the gun law reforms. “It’s very easy to raise what-ifs,” McPhedran counters. “The what-ifs are interesting as discussion points. But, ultimately, for policy making, we have to deal with what Is.”
And suicide by firearm? Here again, rates were falling pre-1996. And while the decline gained speed after 1996, suicide by other methods began declining then, too. McPhedran and coauthor Jeanine Baker say suicide needs to be examined in a broader context that includes growing public awareness of mental health issues and increased use of antidepressants.
While these figures have been decreasing firearm ownership, and firearm numbers in Australia have vastly increased since 1990 so more guns means less crime in homicides and suicides.

5. Gun Control Equals More Crime, means exactly that. Gun Control, does result in drastic crime increases. Statistics prove that time and time again. Chicago USA is the perfect example. A city with the strictest gun laws in the nation, had 532 homicides in 2012.
If somebody wants to do harm to another, they’ll find a way. Whether it be a knife, gun, bat, pipe, wrench, or a rock! Imposing useless, and proven ineffective gun laws on citizens, accomplishes one thing. It creates defenceless victims.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ooa98FHuaU0#!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hR3t7j2tUec

6. According to world renowned criminologist Dr. Gary Kleck from Florida State University, guns are used to stop some form of criminal assault approximately 650,000 times per year! That’s roughly 12,500 times per week! Dr. Kleck further elaborates that a net decrease in firearms availability, does NOT yield any decrease in homicide, suicide, assault, rape, or burglaries. Actually, the exact opposite occurs. Dr. Kleck has determined that it actually creates substantially more victims.

 7. Obama and  Piers Morgan on CNN ran out the old rhetorical trick, “We should do something, if it only saves one life its worth it.” ignoring the facts that it would cost more lives, but the answer to that question is.  “Guns are tools of mankind in the same way that motor cars are. When a drunken driver in his car runs through a bus stop, and kills ten kids, do we ban the motor car, do we ban alcohol, do we try keep drunken drivers away from motor cars??”  Making people stop and think is as important as giving them the facts and if they are not made to first think then the facts will not penetrate until that event occurs.

8. Likewise, with this one. “Thank goodness for John Howard’s Gun Laws, We don’t have massacres in Australia.” The answer to that has to be quick and straight off.
“We still have massacres in Australia just different ones, we have Doctors killing 15 or so patients in Bunderburg, we have several people killing 15, or so people poisoning the panadol, we have another person who killed 15 backpackers at Childers. We have a person who killed 11 people in the Whiskey A Go Go massacre. We have the Chinese national who killed the students at Monash University. We have the Bali Bombers massacring Australians. People kill when they have evil in their hearts, that is what needs changing, until we fix that people will keep on killing.

9. Piers Morgan following the great tradition of Anti Gun extremist media claimed said he had researched the statistics and  that Britain had only 39 murders in 2011 Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America stated there were 970. Figures are very difficult from Britain and England and Wales have one system of assessment and Scotland has another so the figures for Britain including Scotland, England Wales, and N Ireland are a combination. Add that to Piers Morgan may have forgotten to stipulate that he was only adding in England and Wales and only murders committed by persons using a firearm the confusion only thickens. In the UK. Police minmalise murders by counting multi murders as one complaint of murder. When they had a shooting in Cumbria of 12 people that’s a score of one. As Piers Morgan never explains the truth then it makes it difficult to combat, that is why they chose to use figures like that. Piers lives in the USA not just because he is facing heavy legal problems of fraud in the UK but also the USA is a safer place to live.
The vast majority of people in England do not own guns only 6%. Guns are heavily restricted. Morgan sees this as one of the reasons crime is low in England. At least that’s what he’s been trying to pass off to his low-information viewers . .
Britain as the most violent country in the EU . The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.
In the UK, there are 2,034 violent offences per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.
Great Britain’s violent crime rate is nearly four times that of the United States.
The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.
The Telegraph on July 2, 2009:
“The UK had a greater number of murders in 2007 than any other EU country — 927 — and at a relative rate higher than most western European neighbours, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.” “Overall, 5.4 million crimes were recorded in the UK in 2007 — more than 10 a minute.” Consider that many are never recorded as people are aware that the Police do nothing except record it.

http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/01/englands-crime-rate-nearly-four-times-higher-than-united-states/#ixzz2ITFYwKqP
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196941/The-violent-country-Europe-Britain-worse-South-Africa-U-S.html#ixzz2ITKwwUw6

10. Of course Firearm registration, Gun laws, if anything can be deduced from statistics show that More guns Less Crime, or More Gun Laws Increase Crime. If looked at from a National basis.
Look at countries with strict firearm registration  
Jamaica 52,2 per 100,00
Mexico 22.7 per 100,000.
Brazil 21.1 per 100,000
Australia 1. per 100,000
In comparison with countries that have a high firearm ownership with a good ethics on the rights to self defence.

United States 4.8 per 100,000
Switzerland .07 per 100,000
New Zealand .09 per 100,000
Israel             2.1 per 100,000
You can see that miss reporting is the name of the Anti Gunners Game.

11. In Washington D.C  guns were banned in a 1976 city enactment they prohibited anyone
other than law-enforcement officers from carrying a firearm in the city. Residents were even barred from keeping guns in their homes for self-defence. Some in Washington who owned firearms before the ban were allowed to keep them as long as the weapons were disassembled or trigger-locked at all times.
‘According to the law, trigger locks could not be removed for self-defence even if the owner
was being robbed at gunpoint.
The gun ban had an unintended effect it emboldened criminals because they knew law – abiding residents were unarmed and powerless to defend themselves.
Violent crime increased after the law was enacted, with homicides rising from 188 in 1976 when the ban started to 454 in 1993.
The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department also waged a war on firearms by creating a special gun recovery unit in 1995. The campaign meant that officers were obliged to spend time searching otherwise law abiding citizens. In 2008 Supreme Court in Columbia v Heller. The Judge opinion said that citizens were guaranteed a right to keep firearms that
were in common use in their homes for self-defence.

The Washington DC council passed emergency legislation in September 2008 amending
the gun ban to allow ownership of semi-automatic handguns for home defence. Since the gun
ban was struck down, murders in the district have fallen from 186 in 2008 to 88 in 2012. I believe that little story says it as it is.

12. Thanks to Face book and emails a short small campaign was successfully completed during the Christmas period. Bunning’s had been allowing a north Brisbane Shooting club to raise funds by running a sausage sizzle on their car park. Due to the tragic shooting in the USA Bunnings informed the Shooting club that they had to stop. That Bunning’s would not support an arrangment with any shooting clubs. Alerted by http://www.facebook.com/OwenGuns#!/OwenGuns and other sites I and thousands of other emailed Bunnings on their complaints page and told them that they would not purchase anything from them, or their companies other stores such as Target, etc until they changed their policy. This was the result.
From: Nicole Baker
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:06 PM
To: ron owen
Subject: Bunnings Community Involvement
Dear Ron,
 
We have taken the opportunity following recent feedback, to revisit our nearly two-decade long approach to store-based community involvement and I wanted to let you know that as a result of this we have made a change.
 The change will allow our stores to provide support to sport shooting clubs, but only where the club does not engage in activities that target live animals.
 Thanks again for taking the time to email us – we value the feedback and I trust this email clarifies our position.
 Regards,
Nicole

Nicole Baker
Community Involvement Manager
I followed it up with this one but have had no reply I still believe the above is a victory for shooter and shows that our networks are growing more powerful with shooters numbers and communications skills.

Dear Nicole
On behalf of the Firearm Owners Association of Australia please thank your directors for reviewing their decision to discriminate against Shooting Associations. I am sure that the members, many thousands of men and women, will welcome that decision with their purchasing  power. Please note, as far as we are aware there is no association in Australia that uses live animals for targets.  There are hunting associations, but these hunt individual free animals that are feral introduced species that are contrary to environmental considerations.
Yours
Ron Owen
National President
 Bunnings Group Limited
6-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Locked Bag 3004, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Phone: (03) 8831-9625
Mobile: 0459 826 491
Fax: (03) 8831-9878

E-mail : nbaker@bunnings.com.au

We need further to do these more often so that commercial industry recognises us a force rightfully far stronger than the greens or other minority groups. They have to realise we are a united force. That knowledge will quickly be transmitted to the Anit Gun media and the politicians.  

13. Another example of how we Law Abiding Firearm Owner can make our presence felt by the forces that are set against us is by responding to this next travesty.
 SSAA NSW tried to submit a article to the Sydney Morning Herald, to counter the miss information and lies that has been put forward by that newspaper, and was told that it had to be modified before publishing…
 
Diana Melham  Executive Director SSAA (NSW)
“I’ve been speaking with the Editor of the SMH Opinion page, and we had sent through a submission for their consideration. We figured it was both timely given the Prime Minister’s recent remarks, and topical given the continued coverage they have given to anti-gun campaigners in the last 2 weeks.  Sadly, they rejected the article unless they were able to make wholesale changes. I’m not talking about a few words here and there. I’m talking about entirely new paragraphs of text, and changing the word ‘firearms’ to ‘weapons’.
 
We’ll have the UNEDITED article on our website shortly and I’ll link it here.
 http://www.ssaansw.org.au/index.php/home-page-articles/342-focus-on-illegal-guns
I’ve worked in the media for over 10 years, and honestly I am stunned by this. Not so much that they wanted to make a few cosmetic changes but to add complete paragraphs is just ridiculous.”

The SSAA letter seems a fair balanced, well written article, there is no point writing to the Sydney Morning Herald and telling them that you will not buy their paper anymore. Media do not care, the way to get their attention is through their advertisers, in the same manner as in 1997 when thousands of shooters complained to Toyota about John Law’s tirades against firearm ownership. Toyota eventually found that it sold a lot of 4 wheel drives to shooters and John Laws lost their advertising account. Vodafone advertise on the Sydney Morning Heralds website so why not inform them that you will never look at using their services until they stop advertising with a newspaper that discriminates against shooters and against the truth being printed.  Advertisers are very switched on to the spending of their advertising dollars and will immediately raise this with the Herald.
   
http://support.vodafone.com.au/EmailEnquiryForm?lid=support:email-us

We can also complain to the Press Council by email ‘ info@presscouncil.org.au ‘ or by phone 02 92611930.  Or for further information see: http://www.presscouncil.org.au.

In the last week the Sydney newspapers have been quoting Professor Philip Alpers and Anit Gun extremist as complaining that there are more guns now in Australia then after the great 1997/98 Buy Back when a supposed 640,381 firearms were handed in. Besides him, nor anyone else having an idea on how many firearms were here prior to the buyback, how many were imported, how many were manufactured by Lithgow, Sportco, and Fieldman, or how many came over from Europe in personal possessions since the first fleet. He probably did not even know about the Government sales of over 600,000 to they public and the ABS import statistics, more than five million firearms have been imported from 1934-97.
280,000 L1A1 SLRs were manufactured by Lithgow many were eventually sold to the public.
Maybe Philip Alper did not count the 125,594 firearms imported into Australia during the 6 month buyback period.
Even if they have import figures from 1997 to 2013, they have no idea of how many were manufactured here in Australia or how many illegal imports. Dealing with the Australian Police with firearms for nearly 40 year would leave a lot of doubts that there records of registrations individually and in firearm dealers stores would be anywhere near accurate.
This was just a Anti Gun beat up to piggy back and dance in the entrails of the publicity coming out of the Obama camp. Make hay while the sun shines on the world anti gun stage, the blind leading the blind. Apparently the Sydney Morning Telegraph had a poll on its web site, “Do you want to reduce the number of Guns in Australia”, thousands voted, not one of them knew how many guns were here before or how many guns are here now, yet they vote.
Phil Alpers calling himself a professor is fraudulent as he is no more a Professor than you or I. Refer to http://www.ssaa.org.au/research/2005/2005-07-22_philip-alpers-a-most-dubious-researcher.html   

Focus on the illegal guns !!
 
“There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time.” – Former US President Ronald Reagan.
 
The issue of gun control is a topical one at the moment. Recent tragic events in the United States have caused many Australians to look at our own firearm laws.
 
And much has been made of a recent study showing that Australia has the same number of firearms today as we had in 1996 – before the horrific Port Arthur massacre. But an important point is being overlooked in these discussions.
 
Each of those firearms is a legal firearm. It is owned by a licensed, law abiding, firearm owner who has met and complied with some of the strictest gun laws anywhere in the World.
 
As I speak with non-shooters I often hear that Australia is developing some kind of American gun culture. Nothing could be further from the truth.
 
The truth is that here in NSW we have very strict laws which govern our sport. A person who wishes to legally purchase a firearm has to first show a genuine reason such as target shooting, hunting or collecting to obtain their firearms licence. They are also required to complete a theory and practical based firearm safety test and undergo an extensive police background check. They must also prove to Police that they have the facilities to store a firearm safely, and agree to regular police inspections of their safe storage.
 
The checklist for people wishing to purchase a handgun is even more rigorous with a six month probationary period where an applicant is required to attend regular practice shoots while under the strict supervision of Club officials.
 
Applying for a firearm in NSW is a lengthy process which can easily extend past twelve months.
 
What we need to focus on is illegal firearms.

The law makers that we entrust with these important decisions should be guided by one key question in relation to firearms.
 
Will this law stop criminals from obtaining illegal firearms?
 
Unfortunately, the answer is too often – no.
 
Just last year we learned that more than 200 illegal firearms had been sent through a suburban Australia Post office. In recent weeks we have all been shocked to learn about a small group of criminals working in Customs and Border Protection – our front line of defence against the very illegal firearms that we are seeing used in crime after crime after crime.
 
And earlier this week a senior NSW Police officer acknowledged that the illegal import of firearms was a major challenge for law enforcement.
 
SSAA NSW represents more than 44,000 members throughout the State who are subject to some of the strictest firearms laws in the World. We have athletes who have represented Australia at the highest level of international competition and juniors who hope to one day reach those lofty heights.
 
But every time they hear of a new shooting incident, they are left worrying what new laws the Government of the day will come up with to attack their sport.

As a member of the NSW Government’s Firearms Consultative Committee, SSAA NSW want to work with the Government on sensible and effective firearms laws.
 
But we must focus on the criminals with illegal firearms. We must make it harder for them to get their hands on illegal firearms. And when people are caught with illegal guns, we must make sure the punishment fits the crime.
 
Because no one wants illegal firearms off the street more than licensed, law abiding firearm owners.
 
Diana Melham
 
Executive Director
 
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW)

Comments

  1. Nothing here that I disagree with. I have been using social media to raise awareness, but the best defense is numbers. Get One person a month involved in shooting. If every shooter does that, we will have a big enough base to make politicians think twice about attacking shooters.

    • Vic Belbin says:

      I agree with you on this, but there is one serious problem in Tasmania where I come from. I believe that there are already enough legal firearm owners in Australia to be able to sway government thinking in normal circumstances, but do you believe the circumstances are normal. There is a massacre at Port Arthur and the Governments response to address this issue, is to impose a tax (firearm registration fee and restrictions as to type of firearm) on legal gun owners who have committed no offence. I we, as a minority group in Australia today were treated the same as other minority groups (without naming any of them) the government, State and Federal would be paying us to own firearms. You can rest assured that the Anti-gun Lobby in Tasmania that is driving the Government agenda will not be satisfied until no person can afford to keep a firearm in this State. The claim is that new legislation will be to address the issue of firearms theft and criminal activity in Tasmania, so again they attack the legal firearm owner. Is this because they have lost control of the criminal element in this State and rather that apply stricter penalties to them, the further penalise legal firearm owners, or is there some hidden agenda that I am too dumb to grasp? In my view, the firearms issue in Australia is less about firearms than it is about control. I believe that we should be using social media more, so that the governments can clearly assess the possible voter backlash for treating legal firearm owners in such a tardy fashion.

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