By Dennis DeMartina
This is getting ridiculous. While it may come as no surprise to most, the Australian Government was forced to admit this week that their recent attempted gun grab has been in the works secretly for over a decade, thanks in part to documents from the Firearms Policy Working Group meetings. The arrival of the Akkar Mammut “triple threat” shotgun, pricey but popular with Aussie shooters, expedited this gun grab. Because, apparently, one extra barrel equals child-killing death machine assault gun . . .
As the huge backlash from Australian firearm owners continues against the government, and less than 12 hours after the release of the previous article outlining the dictatorial actions of Tony Abbott on the Adler shotgun, it seems I may have hurt the feelings of “journalists” in the Aussie media who are desperately trying to retain control of the anti-gun narrative.
The Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph (affectionately known as “The Anti-Gun Herald” and “The Daily Tyranny”), wheeled out not one, not two, but three desperate hit pieces in one day. Each was poorer than the next, demonstrating that even mail room staff are afforded the opportunity to try their hands at “journalism” at the SMH and the Daily Telegraph. Who said starting from the bottom was dead?
Of the three, however, there was one that lay deepest in the gutter, a masterclass of discrimination against firearm owners. Completely “terrified” that the number of legal firearms owners has increased by 10% across NSW, the SMH and Australian Greens MP David Shoebridge (more on him later) teamed up and decided to make public the location and number of firearms owners in Sydney. And that they are shockingly being used legally! (Firearm ownership is also going through the roof in Melbourne, because of “heirlooms” apparently).
Stopping short of advocating for all firearms owners to wear yellow stars (which I assume in this instance would be a picture of Shoebridge’s mug) the article features an interactive map where you too can locate where firearms owners reside by suburb. One can only imagine the outrage from progressive types if this kind of map showed the locations of ethnic minorities within the community. But hey, it’s the party of tolerance, AKA The Australian Greens, and as we should know, it’s not bigotry when they do it.
If Tony Abbott is claiming “national security” as his reason for intervening in the Adler dispute, then Mr Shoebridge and Mr Fairfax are quite blatantly aiding and abetting criminals who now have a “how to strike it rich” guide to stealing firearms. That greatly jeopardises the security of firearms owners and their families in Sydney, who are also not allowed by Australian law to use these firearms for self defense.
The SMH and Shoebridge should quite clearly be investigated for how exactly they got this information as I sincerely doubt it was “freedom of information”. And of course, the map clearly showed the location of every illegal firearm. We’re sure Mr Shoebridge and Fairfax staff would feel just delighted if their home address was printed, particularly given the lengths they went to protect their staff previously.
Although it appears obvious that this was an out-and-out fear campaign to try to sway public opinion, some may have missed that this was also a pathetic “we know where you are so hand them in” intimidation attempt against firearms owners.
It just goes to show, when it comes to tyranny: “One does not simply register their firearms.”
However, even more embarrassing for Shoebridge was that although firearm ownership has soared in Sydney, firearm and violent crime has not increased and is in fact down in most categories within Sydney last year. More good guys with guns, less crime? Who would’ve thought?! How terribly inconvenient for Mr Shoebridge and his usual baseless, emotive claims. He has big shoes to fill however, with gun-grabbing mentor Greens Senator Penny Wright recently resigning. He is however continuing the time-honoured Australian Greens’ tradition of glorious failure when it comes to firearms. Perhaps he’s troubled by the Greens’ being caught up in the recent Australian MP’s expenses scandal? Or the fact he’s a complete hypocrite by calling for drug sniffing dogs to be removed at music festivals because of “criminality”. Or an idiot for trying to ban toy guns.
Firearm owners took to Shoebridge’s Facebook page to gently remind him how heinously wrong he got it and the usual deleting of comments he didn’t like followed. Shoebridge’s conduct also drew the ire of Sporting Shooters CEO Tim Bannister, who took him out to the proverbial woodshed. Shoebridge later went toe-to-toe with Sporting Shooters President Geoff Davis on ABC Radio, channelled his inner Piers Morgan, and the usual game of “talk over the top when you’re losing the debate” transpired.
And of course, Shoebridge completely ignored the fact the Australian Federal Police reported this week that they have admitted they have “lost munitions and restricted weapons.”
To the surprise of no one, the ABC show was titled: “Gun law reform: are we forgetting Port Arthur?” How could firearm owners forget? That’s the crime that was never investigated properly. The crime for which the suspect was sentenced without ever standing trial (the first time in Australian history that has happened). And the crime for which every firearm owner in the country was part of the verdict and told to hand in their property. Who could forget any of that?
As this Aussie eloquently points out, Australian firearm owners remember and have had more than enough.