When Port Arthur is stated within the first 30 seconds you know which way it’s going, but that’s no surprise.
The ABC’s latest piece on firearms aired on the 4 Corners program (program being the operative word) on Monday night and as expected it was the same biased, formulaic drivel that we are used to.
It was essentially targeted at NIOA, KAP and SIFA due to their recent lobbying work at the Queensland state election and the Flick’Em campaign.
In other words, a section of the Australian community lobbies politically to protect their own interests because they feel they are being treated badly and you should be outraged. Yes, god forbid people who actually know something about firearms be involved in the process. How is that different from any other lobby group?
They also followed up with this article:
“The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA)’s corporate members have bankrolled its activities with more than $1.2 million since late 2014.
Its members are directors of local firms Nioa — which calls itself Australia’s largest privately-owned supplier of small arms and ammunition — Raytrade, Outdoor Sporting Agencies and the Australian offshoots of international gun manufacturers Winchester and Beretta.
SIFA is leading a fresh bid to lobby governments over gun laws, 22 years after the Port Arthur massacre which saw the states and territories sign up to the National Firearms Agreement.
It has sponsored “shooting days” for federal politicians and donated tens of thousands of dollars to firearms-friendly political parties.”
Wow, a whole $1.2 million.
If the ABC was interested in providing a balanced view of this complete non-issue, then they would also hold Gun Control Australia and the Unions’ feet to the fire about their continued financial and political involvement on the other side of the fence.
They would also ask the question of the amount of financial backing and unrelenting media access the anti-firearm lobby has had in this country for 22 years. Oh that’s right, Gun Control Australia refuse to disclose their financials and membership, even in front of a Senate Inquiry in 2015. Alas, the ABC did not explore that at all but Rebecca Peters already admitted her financial backing from billionaire George Soros earlier in the year.
Twitter was full of the usual narcissistic reactionaries feigning outrage on something they didn’t know anything about, but that’s par for the course. The ABC also followed up with a Yes/No poll asking “Do you think Australia’s gun laws should be changed?” on their Facebook page which could easily be filtered with a “Do you actually know what the gun laws are in Australia?” to the No respondents.
Michelle Fernando did her best to avoid mentioning that she knew about her sister’s condition and failed to report it, let alone the fact that she stole a firearm from a gun club – but somehow that’s entirely the fault of gun owners. She also lied about the P650 option being available to shooters since 2008 – it’s been available before then.
And the fact that the ABC continue to cite fake professor Philip Alpers as any kind of ‘expert’ sums up their credibility, but that’s rarer to find in Ultimo these days than a non-soy drinker.
This latest piece is essentially a result of the major parties, the Howard-era prohibitionists and the legacy media being scared that they are well and truly losing the information war on firearms. This is exactly why the Gun Safety Alliance rebranding nonsense happened and now this latest outburst. For around 20 years they have not had any real organised opposition to their one-way program of indoctrination on firearms, and now the push back is coming in fast and accurate they don’t know what to do expect play the same old trick.
The whole premise of the 4 Corners program was the usual schtick of only groups the ABC approves of can lobby to protect their interests.
Gun lobby money bad, anti-gun lobby good.
If the ABC is concerned about private organisations using $1.2 million of their own money to lobby for their interests, then Australians have every right to be concerned about over $1 billion of their own money being used to lobby by the ABC on a variety of issues they don’t agree with and were never asked about.
And the fact that Australian journalists continue to attempt to lord it over people who actually know something about this topic, makes them look even more ridiculous.
The case to defund the ABC only gets stronger by the day.