And here we go again.
With the Law and Community Safety Council meeting later this week to see how much they can get away with in terms of changing the National Firearms Agreement, the next instalment of Adlergate erupted in Parliament.
As Malcolm Turnbull grows ever more desperate to break the unions and look for support for the very ABCC bill that caused the country to reduce his majority in the upper and lower house, he and Bill Shorten pointed the finger at David Leyonhjelm who stated he would refuse to support it after Michael Keenan and the Prime Minister reneged on the sunset clause deal over the 7 shot Adler shotgun.
Firearm owner Turnbull again trotted out that factually inaccurate, tired old “John Howard’s best achievement” line that we’ve heard ad nauseum since 1996. Sure, if you consider blackmailing states by withholding federal funding a “fine achievement” as Howard did and Malcolm himself did earlier this year. Jason Clare also tried to chime in for some cheap Facebook likes and to obtain some kind of relevancy with an emotive video rant. And then right on cue came the “totally not co-ordinated” standard media anti-fiream blitz, with the icing on the cake this “hyper lethal” effort from Fairfax journalist Mark Kenny. You know, the same guy that’s shitting bricks about Leyonhjelm having him, Fairfax and 18C by the balls at the Human Rights Commission?
However, it was Malcolm’s “set in stone until an appropriate reclassification by the states at COAG” quip that even Sigmund Freud heard from his grave.
So, there you have it folks. All the secrecy, denial of FOI Requests and refusal of any consultation process with firearm owners in the NFA Review laid bare. And what has this also done? It’s basically confirmed that every single Police Minister and Police Commissioner that has corresponded with the public on this issue has lied.
No, we’re not surprised. Neither should you be.
This even prompted that intellectual heavyweight Tony Abbott to tweet the following:
Oh you know, the same guy that originally negotiated the sunset clause? #epicfacepalm
In what appears to be little more than PR damage control Peter Dutton, the Immigration Minister of all people, appeared on Sky News to then claim that the Adler “will be a Category B firearm.” Again, with no justification or facts to base his claims off of exactly why this 18 month episode was even needed. Particularly when there are over 7000 Adler’s already in the country and nearly 80,000 lever action firearms already in NSW alone without incident.
Contrary to some, recategorisation of the Adler into Category B is NOT a win for shooters. It is in reality, more of the same old incremental, void of facts approach used by authoritarian gun control zealots globally – and tolerated by apathetic gun owners in Australia. All those who purchased the Adler on a Category A licence will now have to either surrender their firearm and apply for a Category B and shell out time and of course, money for something they should never have had to in the first place. How is that a win?
As aforementioned, the Adler should never have been up for discussion in the first place. The facts don’t support it in any way, shape or form and if it isn’t clear to you now then gun control is ideologically and agenda driven, well then maybe you never will.
This is also a dangerous precedent for further recategorisation of firearms (ie they’re testing to see how much they can get away with) as who knows what will be next? Cat B to Cat C? Cat D to E? It also may open a can of worms for import regulations.
The only thing consistent about the entire NFA review process is simple – their word is not worth a pinch of shit. Much like how they can’t stop Category E automatic firearms coming in through the borders illegally but are promising to “clean up the streets” over a 7 shot shotgun, that can be legally modified at the state level in it’s 5 shot form.
However, this same mandate-less approach from the government has also basically given a mandate to firearm owners. If the government won’t consult or involve with its stakeholders at all and actively goes out of it’s way to act and behave completely unlawfully, then we are under no obligation to comply. And they don’t have the cash for a buyback.
We won’t be handing anything back.
Or maybe just hand them in with the National Amnesty as every criminal in the country will be doing.
The government gave us their word they will be.