Reader Dennis D. writes
The latest Australian gun grab attempt has now escalated even further with attempts to outlaw lever action shotguns, pending the release of the new Adler A110. The new Adler lever action shotgun has drawn over 7000 orders already by firearms owners in Australia prior to its release. A promotional video of the shotty and subsequent overreaction by far left groups has prompted the Firearms Policy Working Group, a shady think tank being deliberately kept out of the spotlight with total disarmament intentions, to move to reclassify these firearms from Category A to Category C . . .
This charge has been led by Victoria Police Commissioner Tim Cartwright, gun grabber sociopath extraordinaire Penny Wright and apprentice David Shoebridge. Because as always, the best way to solve a problem by people who don’t follow the law is to come down on those who do, and have already had to pass a criminal check to get a firearm in the first place.
As usual, not one shred of evidence has been provided to suggest that criminals are using this type of firearm to commit crimes and it remains a fact that lever action shotguns have never been used in a mass shooting in Australia. Ever.
Even more interesting and embarrassing for the grabbers is the fact that Victoria Police just last week announced that they are seizing illegal firearms from “prohibited persons” every two days at the rate of thousands a year. And just two days after that, two more drive-by shootings occurred in Melbourne. Awkward. But how about that gun control, eh? And of course, all those illegal guns were tracked by the new database, right?
This is the same Victoria Police that just two months ago at the last Senate Inquiry testified that the overwhelming majority of illegal firearms seized were from criminals who had imported them illegally. This is the same Victoria Police whose incompetence led to dozens of firearms thefts by criminals across the state, and then had the audacity to place the blame on poorly secured safes.
You can see the astounding lack of knowledge and corresponding level of ignorance on display from Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana in this interview, and in this article from Age journalist Liam Mannix (who obviously got his journalism degree by correspondence) deliberately trying to pass off the Adler as a semi-auto. It is a real concern when the Assistant Commissioner, you know the top of the heap on the side of the ones enforcing the law, cannot tell the difference between firearms or their respective categories. Moral superiority indeed.
Sensationalistic, unqualified opinions from self-appointed experts on firearms who make their arguments on shallow generalisations borne out of ignorance, is the general order of the day in the Australian media. Such is the level of ignorance towards firearms in Australia that should you tell the average Australian you are pro gun, a recital of reknown tool, “comedian” Jim Jefferies’ routine will follow as if it is scientific gospel.
As someone who wore the Australian Army uniform on deployment in East Timor and Iraq, this is an absolute joke. Somehow my, and thousands of others, ownership of an object that has been legal for the last 128 years, has now been deemed arbitrarily dangerous by a group of unqualified people. They would instantly designate me a felon and confiscate my guns even though I’ve been trusted with far better firepower for years.
Tim Cartwright and Steve Fontana are a disgrace to the Victoria Police uniform and should resign. Although it’s not surprising whose side they are on given Victoria Police’s outstanding history. That also goes for Penny “Australian Dianne Feinstein” Wright and David “kumbayah” Shoebridge, a coward of a man who just recently called for toy guns to be banned as they could be considered weapons.
Liberty is currently being trampled in Australia at a rate never seen before. The government has passed internet spying, an internet filter and citizenship cancellation in the last two months. Add to this two arbitrarily attempted gun grabs in the space of six months and it’s quite obvious to me personally what the motiviation is. Throw in the looming TPP and it’s as clear as day.
And just to make this clear: I will not be handing my lever actions in.
Australian shooters, Shooters Union, Sporting Shooters, everyone: it is time to unite once again. After 1996 we said never again. We reminded them of that earlier this year when they went for our handguns and were completely humiliated.
It’s time to make that reminder more permanent as the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.