The Australian Government has kept up it’s propaganda drive for the national firearms amnesty, flooding the mainstream media with a wave of “feel good” amnesty stories to validate Justice Minister Michael Keenan’s vanity project.
Tasmania Police claimed that 154 firearms had been handed in across the state in the first week of the amnesty. No details were provided what exactly was handed in and where, not even so much as a photograph.
NSW Police claimed in The Land that 50 firearms had been handed in to Oxley Firearms Station and 25 to Tamworth. The infograph in the article again points out the perspective of just how few that is, given the recent increases in legal ownership ib regional NSW.
The pick of the action came from WA Police. A whopping total of 4 firearms and 115 rounds of ‘ammunitions’ were handed in to Albany Police. WAPOL later claimed that 130 firearms had been handed in during the first week of the amnesty.
It’s kind of redundant when most of these were 99% likely to be from deceased estates and not a threat to the community in the first place, and also when you see how many firearms there are already in WA that aren’t causing problems anyway:
A view of the comment section under their thread showed that most of the public are displaying a general cynicism toward the amnesty as well. WA Police only outdid themselves with this video featuring one of their own:
Well, perhaps WA Police might wish to refer to their own firearm safety booklet:
Sure, the firearm was likely empty (at least you’d like to think so even with the magazine in). However, this doesn’t send a very good message to the community, is quite the double standard and was quite frankly, unnecessary. I don’t see that kind of activity going down very well on any range across the country with a licenced firearm owner. We all know the consequences for a licence holder.
Perhaps WAPOL should focus less on PR and more on trying to locate the 100+ stolen firearms from Barry’s which apparently they still have “no idea” where they are.