The Australian media has continued it’s assault on firearms on the back of the Las Vegas shooting.
Leading the charge were the authoritarians at Sunrise with the usual misleading statistics, sophistry and moralising from David Koch and Sam Armytage. Not worth anymore of our time, you can go watch for yourself.
They also didn’t mention that surprise, the Mandalay Bay Casino was yet another gun free zone:
Neil Mitchell was at it again. Just a week removed over his outrage over David Dunstan having his guns seized after defending his property, he jumped right back on the Alannah and Madeline Foundation payroll and levelled the usual pretentious posturing at a Nevada firearms dealer. Mitchell wouldn’t dare going up against Colion Noir, Larry Pratt or any of us because he likes his targets soft and picking a random firearms dealer who fits the 3AW listenership stereotype of a “bloody Yank” is crucial to his reputation, or lack thereof.
And right on cue, the smug condescending overtones of Waleed Aly arrived to tell us that “we need to talk about it.” He also accused the NRA of not responding, which is incorrect because they and Gun Owners of America always do after the facts become clearer. If Waleed ever musters up the courage to go toe-to-toe with Colion Noir then I’m sure school will be in session.
Waleed’s neurolinguistic phrase of choice during this particular emotive litany was “it will happen again.”
“It will happen again.” Like terrorism Waleed? Or you not being on the show the night after another terrorist attack happens (just like Edmonton and Paris at the weekend) because you’re an intellectual coward? Much like when 88 people were run over and 434 injured by a madman with a truck in Nice last year, but hey that didn’t count because it wasn’t the offendarati’s method of choice to virtue signal over.
As usual, the Project had their infograph which looked sophisticated but wasn’t really. In similar fashion to the Project’s misrepresentation of Cassie Jaye and the Red Pill documentary, Waleed lied by omission and what he didn’t tell you that is although the firearm supply has doubled and carry rights in the United States have liberalised, the long term per capita murder rate has dropped massively since 1993:
As usual, the Project Facebook team did a great job of blocking and deleting dissenting comments. Because reasons.
But after all that, seriously, enough.
The usual anti-American media onslaught is nothing new however social media, while being both a blessing and a curse, has amplified this. A cursory glance of Australian social media the last couple of days has turned just about every Australian into a firearms expert, lawyer, forensic psychologist and criminologist. They all want “tougher laws” but ask most of them and they don’t know the laws in Australia, let alone the United States.
What they don’t talk about is the African American homicide rate and their tragic disproportionate representation in it’s crime statistics, because apparently that’s racist. They won’t talk about the plethora of socioeconomic causes of crime in general, which are globally consistent and the simple fact that a population base of 320 million people with many concentrated in large population centres, is generally going to be predisposed to more incidents of crime.
The facts aside, what seriously gives Australians’ the right to lecture Americans about their own country? We don’t appreciate others doing that to us, so why is the inverse socially acceptable?
If you like American culture but don’t like firearms, cool, don’t like them – that’s how freedom works. You also have that albeit unnecessarily overly-restrictive choice in Australia and many other countries which have far more liberal firearm laws and a comparable level of crime to Australia, such as New Zealand, Czech Republic, Switzerland and so on.
The irony with all this America bashing is that Australia is completely dependent on US protection geopolitically through ANZUS. If we decided to go it alone do you think our bench rest bolt actions would stand a chance against Indonesia or China (although lacking force projection capabilities but not far off) if they really wanted to kick things off?
Further, Australians’ need to look in their own backyard first.
We have the highest energy prices in the world. Our housing is becoming unaffordable for our next generation. Our wage growth is stagnant. We have insane levels of household debt. We have an unsustainable immigration ponzi scheme which no-one wants to debate. And we have politicians and corporate interests acting in their own self-interest and selling our country out at will.
And when it comes to matters of firearms and self-defence we have absolutely no business jumping on the moral high horse: we’re too busy punishing good people for protecting their families from the criminal element, an invasive species problem that is out of control and illegal firearms all over the place thanks to our wide open borders, while some of our politicians walk around with tax payer funded armed body guards and tell us firearm self-defence is evil.
The USA does some things better than us, we do some things better than them. So what? They have a large population with a raft of social issues on a scale we can’t fathom, why the moral grandstanding?
The gun control narrative in Australia has unfortunately created a subculture of smug, sanctimonious lemmings who would rather believe slogans and emotive memes from the likes of Occupy Democrats than face any real examination of the data, the correlative and causative factors and the dissenting arguments, not least of which the actual effectiveness of Australia’s so called National Firearms Agreement, especially in the years preceding it’s implementation.
When you have people believing the emotive wank of the likes of Jim Jefferies and Waleed Aly, over the respectable work of Dr Samara McPhedran and others it shows you the debate has a way to go.
But don’t worry, I’m sure the smug moralising “will happen again.” Safest bet there ever was.