As predicted, in the aftermath of the O’Reilly’s robbery of which details remain sketchy, the soft lobbying efforts to “tighten Australian gun laws” have begun with Police Minister Lisa Neville and the Agenda Broadcasting Commission hot off the mark:
“The Victorian Government is considering tightened security requirements for gun stores after more than 50 firearms were stolen from a Melbourne shop on Monday. A gang of four masked men, including one armed man, stormed the gun shop in Thornbury about 11:00am and threatened the attendant before fleeing with the guns in a stolen car.
Victoria’s Police Minister Lisa Neville described the incident as “incredibly unusual” but said she would discuss whether tighter legislation was needed with Victoria’s police chief and gun shop owners.
We have [legislation] in terms of licencing and how [guns are] stored,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
Yes, the old make things more illegal. Because we need more laws to cover our supposedly “world class” gun laws to stop this from happening again as it did in South Morang and over in WA with Barry’s Firearms.
Daniel Young of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party nailed it yesterday when he stated that “it doesn’t matter how much security you have, if someone puts a gun to your head you’re going to open that safe or do whatever they tell you to.”
And what is with Labor, the so called workers’ party, targeting businesses and jobs? The firearms and shooting industry in Victoria is massive with 80+ firearm stores, and hunting alone was worth $439 million to the state’s economy alone in 2013.
Typical Labor – anti-firearm, anti-Australian workers, no ideas but just ban and tax. This is just more of the same from Victorian Labor beginning with the infamous Cain government law changes in the 1980’s.
The Combined Firearms Council of Victoria have done some great work highlighting the flaws in the proposed new laws by Lisa Neville. The slippery slope of consequences that Firearm Prohibition Orders can basically be slapped on anyone and draw innocent people in by association, is huge.
Neville’ s new laws also include a proposal to disarm 90% of the security industry, which will only make things like this more common.
Call it for what it is – back door firearm legislation aimed at the dealers and law abiding firearm owners by an opportunistic Labor government. If Neville and Daniel Andrews had any sense, they would start putting the hard word on crooks and allowing people to protect themselves. But as we’ve seen over the last two years, they have been weak as water on crime and it’s no surprise that criminals are taking advantage of this situation nearly every day. It’s also cynical of Neville and Victorian Labor to want to ram home these gun laws without proper consultation, much like the current Westgate Tunnel fiasco which Andrews has started without proper consultation, much like the whole East-West link thing, huh Dan?
If you want to stop dealers being targeted, then it’s simple:
- Make it easier for firearm dealers and their staff to carry firearms for personal protection and for protecting their business. We protect money, banks, politicians and government buildings with them so there’s no excuse for not protecting firearm dealers and indeed, law abiding citizens.
- Actually hand out hard sentences for criminals who commit these robberies
- Let Victoria Police do their job and assist them to recover the stolen firearms
- Quit victim blaming – unless you want to ascribe the same line of argument to every other victim of violent crime, e.g. Jill Meagher, Masa Vutkovic, etc
Until then Lisa, get out of the way and let Victoria Police, the once great service that you and your ilk have turned into a wet lettuce when it comes to criminals, recover these firearms and apprehend those responsible. And after that, you can make sure the weak Victorian judiciary comes down hard on the crooks responsible. If you’re not willing and able to be reasonable and do that, then resign and let someone else do the job.
Because collectively punishing everyone who had nothing to do with it along with victim blaming the innocent, will guarantee you get turfed in November.
Get back to being a workers’ party and stop trying to take guns off the working class.