TTAG reader James writes:
First let me clear up something about Australia – we can still have guns! Lots of them, and good ones too, just not semi-auto rifles. A travesty, yes, but there are millions of registered (yes, yes…) firearms in Australia. I own two .303 Lee Enfields, a pump action .357mag and a few .22s). We’ve been copping some flak recently for the Aussie swimmers in the US gunstore fiasco. Most polled Australians thought it was a beatup over nothing, and many among us were angry that it has “officially” become “wrong” to be photographed with guns etc. Many interesting op-eds published, most supportive of an individual’s right to have their photo taken if they’re not breaking any laws. SO – now that that’s sorted, this was in theage.com.au today . . .
First, the video [click on link above to watch]. Trigger discipline issues. Forgivable? For argument’s sake, anyway.
Then the picture [above]. Fingers on triggers, guns pointed at the camera. Now this is definitely an “aggressive/threatening” photo, as even in “fun”, the viewer is literally looking down the barrel of the gun(s!). Not a good way to entice positive interest in the shooting sports.
Not to mention the inherent safety issues and ignorance of basic rules. Fingers on the triggers, guns pointed at the camera man (we can only hope he used a remote trigger for the shot).
I’m not suggesting the Chapmans are IGOTD’s, but if the swimmer photo was an outrage, then this one, which is much worse, should really be come down on hard. IMHO.