Gun Control Australia’s grave standing bonanza on the back of the Las Vegas shooting ended today with Sam Lee having this to say:
The chair of the nation’s gun control lobby is urging politicians to be courageous and stop restrictions being rolled back – while revealing the horrific threats she’s faced from shooters.
Gun Control Australia chair Samantha Lee often receives threatening and degrading text messages and communications from gun lobbyists. She’s been a victim of online abuse with videos uploaded to YouTube showing gun enthusiasts shooting at images of her.
“There is a group out there that threatens, harasses and, particularly, that likes to target women,” Ms Lee told reporters on Thursday. “It is threatening, that’s the whole point of it, to stop people like myself speaking out against gun violence here in Australia and advocating for strong gun laws.”
Ms Lee said she’s seen such tactics work in the past with people unable to bear personal attacks. She wants Australia’s politicians – particularly the prime minister and federal opposition leader – to do more, arguing it shouldn’t be up to private individuals to lead the fight for better protections.
“If they are truly concerned about gun safety in this country then they should put their necks out and stand up for strong gun laws in this country,” Ms Lee said. Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for an extension of the commonwealth’s gun amnesty following this week’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas.
Mr Shorten also wants to see gun smugglers – who run criminal syndicates bringing illegal firearms into Australia – face life imprisonment. Malcolm Turnbull wants minimum five-year jail terms for gun runners.
But Ms Lee says that’s not nearly enough. “This is lazy, safe policy, it doesn’t step on any toes of the gun lobby. “We want courage. We want these men to come out and actually tackle the legal firearms market.”
So there we have it. The victim card has been played.
“There is a group out there” – which group, Sam? You can’t open the book and not tell the story.
Sam Lee has used the exact same tactic Lesley Podesta of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation did a couple of months back – out of actual arguments and unable to deal with organised, factual opposition from the pro-gun side of the debate, out comes the “I’m being bullied” and voila, victimhood. Pretty rich for organisations that have been privately funded to bully gun owners for the last 21 years to complain about “bullying”.
There are also plenty of female shooters in this country that think you’re a joke too Sam, so playing the gender card as well is irrelevant. Also kinda like female hunters being bullied to the point of suicide?
And advocating “stepping on the toes of the gun lobby” after complaining about violence? Deary me, it really is amateur hour at Gun Control Australia.
While we in no way condone threats or abuse, it’s pretty clear why this is happening. You can’t run a consistent, authoritarian campaign full of lies, mistruths and sensationalism with the end goal of restricting the freedoms of others, while at the same time avoiding any accountability or opposing views and not expect there to be some kind of backlash.
And as for Shorten and Turnbull’s posturing, who cares? Shorten is just doing the usual Labor virtue signalling and Turnbull is too busy taking more of Australia’s freedoms away and running the country into the ground, so who cares what he thinks? Both of them are rubbish.
You’ve more than made your bed Sam, you’re going to have to sleep in it some time.