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WA Premier closes all Gunshops

As many of our viewers will have seen by now , the farce that is the West Australian government has implemented a total closure of all gun shops in the state. The public “servants” have enacted this under the emergency powers act, signed today at 10:50 and delivered to gunshops an hour after, to take effect at 11:59 AM today.

This action is absolutely disgraceful, at a time when general retailers (including such establishments as the absolutely essential JB Hi Fi) are still permitted to be open. The clown like political machinations of the West Australian government are on plain display.

This action has been justified by the Premier, who claims that due to the closure of firearm ranges and clubs that there is no need for the stores to  be open. Furthermore he claims that exemptions will allow farmers to purchase ammunition.

These are blatant lies, the Premier should hang his head in shame and our organisation will not forget, nor forgive, his deceitful nature. Quite plainly, there is no exemption to allow farmers or other occupational shooters to purchase ammunition, firearms and other accessories; and to say otherwise is a bold faced lie.

Furthermore, to typify the shooting community as utterly dependent upon the operation of shooting ranges and clubs is another load of absolute tripe from the Premier’s office. Indeed in these trying times, where meat is hard to source from the shops with the grotesque panic buying taking place, many hunters will keenly be resorting to harvesting their own meat from properties on which they can shoot. This activity remains totally lawful, indeed hunting being a primarily solitary pursuit on large rural properties complies with the social distancing guidelines – more so than probably any other activity. 

This action is nothing more than a gutless attack on the shooting industry and sport, and one that is totally unjustified. If general retail was closed then certainly we could understand this move, however this is not the case. The shooting industry has been singled out for special treatment by a vindictive government, who are distinctly devoid of a spine.

As wryly noted by Beaton Firearms, this move is totally counterproductive to any notions of community safety, indeed forcing gunshops to now be unattended for months at a time is now spotlighting them as prime targets for burglars. However community safety or common sense, or indeed anything that could be confused for intelligence, has clearly not crossed the mind of the dishonourable Mark McGowan.

At a time when our communities need support, and should be trying to work constructively together to help manage such a massive public health emergency, the divisive move from the McGowan government is truly deplorable. We and our followers will be aggressively targeting the McGowan Labor Government come the 2021 West Australian election. 

Propaganda Extravaganza from Australian Media desperate to sell national firearms amnesty

One week removed from Lesley Podesta’s disgraceful comments on firearm ownership, the Australian media have been in overdrive trying to desperately sell the national firearms amnesty this past week.

Yesterday, both NSW Police and Malcolm Turnbull indulged in a spot of virtue signalling by both having press conferences about the amnesty. Turnbull made sure he had the token shot from the cameras of being shown a display of firearms by a Police member, that were either Airsoft replicas or firearms that could be owned legally anyway. Good thing Turnbull wasn’t asked to explain this shooting of a car dealership the day before.

NSW Police forgot to mention the last time they had an amnesty that hundreds, if not thousands, of guns went missing because they were being sold to criminals instead of destroyed. This was right after a barrel-less MP40 was seized in Sydney. We’re told the owner was just eager to get in early for the firearm amnesty.

Peter Overton stated on Nine News Sydney on June 21st that there were “250 million illegal firearms” in Australia. Now, while we put this down to a slip of the tongue, the most amusing thing was that Channel Nine immediately pulled the video and have not put it back on air on their Nine News Now website (probably because Overton feared being memed out of existence). Don’t worry, we screen capped it:

Yep, still not up.

To be fair, Overton was inspired how 93 million Americans die every single year from firearm violence.

The Daily Telegraph also deliberately tried to blur the lines between legal and illegal firearms, by claiming there were nearly 1 million firearms in NSW, and that somehow it was a bad thing that they were owned by law abiding citizens.

The Courier Mail went for the “think of the children” angle with a very poorly researched article about firearm accidents in the USA, completely avoiding talking about gang involvement being largely responsible for claimed deaths of children 17 and under, and concentrating on making everyone’s favourite pretend professor Philip Alpers feel important.

Roland Browne also popped up out of irrelevance on ABC Radio to state that he was “appalled that firearms could be sold during the amnesty.” Yes, the horror of firearms being sold legally. From the same guy that refused to disclose the membership and financial background of Gun Control Australia when asked to provide said details at the Senate Inquiry in 2015.

No one actually cares what you think, Roland.

However, it was this claim from Channel 7 Adelaide which had to be the pick of the bunch. A day after a drive by shooting in Adelaide, Channel 7 claimed that 365 firearms were stolen in South Australia last year and that 113 were recovered by Police. Well, that’s interesting because we went out and dug up the number of legally owned firearms in SA:

Cmmr STEVENS : In terms of the breakdown over financial years I do not have that information available, but I can say that at this point, the establishment for Firearms Branch as at 30 June 2016 is 25 sworn and 22.03 nonsworn.

Mr VAN HOLST PELLEKAAN: Thanks, commissioner. Minister, how many registered firearms owners are there in SA as of 30 June 2016?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS: Just for the sake of clarity, what was the question again?

Mr VAN HOLST PELLEKAAN: How many registered firearms owners in South Australia as of 30 June 2016?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS: This may not specifically answer your question but I think it will give you a pretty good indication. To 1 May 2016, I am advised there were 65,559 firearm licences and 300,510 total firearm registrations.

Mr VAN HOLST PELLEKAAN: Was the last number 300,510?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS: Correct, as at 1 May 2016.

Bear in mind, those are also last year’s numbers.

Yes, quite the “epidemic” with not even a fraction of 1% of the total of all firearms  being stolen, and even less of those are being recovered by Police. Really makes you appreciate the “effectiveness” of that firearm registry.

It wasn’t all the usual negativity and stupidity though. There was a positive acknowledgement of volunteer shooters efforts in the fight against feral cats in South Australia.

There was also this from the Border Mail which recapped the proposals that came out of the recent public land inquiry in Victoria:

 

Most surprising to me however, was Andrew Bolt’s position on the use of firearms for self-defence. You may recall the article we posted a few weeks ago where the Herald Sun praised an undercover Victoria Police officer for thwarting a carjacking with her handgun. Well, Bolt asked the question: why not the public?

Given Bolt’s recent dispatching of Antifa members that assaulted him outside a café in Carlton, it’s not hard to see where he stands on self-defence.  The comments under the article are also overwhelmingly in support of self-defence.

As the weeks roll on, I’m sure there will be more of the same nonsense from the Australian Government via the media, desperately trying to sell this blatant admission of failure of our firearms laws as some kind of “fight against terror”, with no attention being paid to our borders.

That, and Malcolm Turnbull desperately needing a distraction from his tanking poll numbers.

Invasive species: Australia needs to get serious about deregulating firearms and hunting

The past week has seen the debate about invasive species management fire up again, this time around feral cats.

As Fairfax reports, the Australian government announced that it has called for the destruction of 2 million feral cats out of the many more millions currently roaming the continent.

From the article:

“The federal government will unleash every weapon in its arsenal to wipe out 2 million feral cats – about a third of the population  – and will provide $5 million to community groups to serve as foot soldiers in the battle.”

So is any of this money going to shooters? From the looks of it, no. Imagine our shock.

The article continues:

“Other ways to cull cats being investigated include:

  • baits made from a “secret” recipe, some with a chipolata sausage;
  • guardian dogs, which can be trained to protect native species. Andrews said on his Facebook page that a farmer on Kangaroo Island had a dog that was protecting wedge tailed eagle and free-range chooks from #FeralCats;
  • using Indigenous hunters, professional trappers and shooters. Australia is the only continent that was cat-free until Europeans introduced cats, and 
  • training prey to avoid feral cats; and stopping repeat killers by using injectible “trojan” toxins – inserted into threatened species – that only activate when the cats eat the prey.”  

Why only indigenous hunters? That’s a touch racist don’t you think? And training prey to avoid feral cats? Really, how much is that going to cost and how effective is that honestly going to be? It’s also contradictory to suggest further baiting if just earlier in the article it was stated that cats were “ignoring baits already set for dogs.”

The “toxin” is also a debatable idea – how do we know it won’t kill the host species?

Well, should we really be surprised at this considering how the politically correct bureaucrats have fared recently. The disastrous “suicide dingoes” at Pelorus Island backfiring spectacularly or the extravagant waste of money trying to sterilise kangaroos in the ACT both come to mind.

Just when we thought we hadn’t seen the end of the madness, SBS wasted more taxpayer money and aired this story on foxes for it’s inner city viewership, essentially a nice little fluff piece for Sydney Fox Rescue. Do yourself a favour and don’t read the Facebook comments.

Overall, it’s more of the same from the ideological bureaucrats: anything to avoid mentioning firearm owners as part of the solution.

Now, on the positive side of the equation. A community organised, three day hunt in Western Australia managed to cull 450 foxes, 11 feral cats and 10 feral pigs – all shot. Another example of how private enterprise and communities seem to do much better at looking after themselves than the federal government’s endless incompetent bureaucracy.

Take it from the farmers themselves:

 “Feral pest management can only benefit from an “integrated community approach” say farmers who just took part in a three-day hunt in Western Australia’s south-west. The event attracted recreational shooters from other parts of the state, including Perth, with 450 foxes, 59 rabbits, 11 feral cats and 11 pigs tallied at the conclusion of the hunt.

The issue of feral pests is one of growing concern to farmers across WA with reports of damaged crops and attacks on livestock rising.”

Now, imagine the potential results if these were regular events with licenced shooters coming together?

Public land hunting was touted at the recent WA Firearms Law Review after work by SFFP’s Rick Mazza. The above example is just a taste of what properly managed public land hunting could achieve in the invasive species battle.

However, the ABC just couldn’t resist having a go at hunters with this line:

“Some farmers present, who did not wish to be interviewed, said illegal hunters were also causing “just as much damage” as the pigs, often breaking fences, trespassing and leaving pig carcasses where they fell.”

So how could you know what the farmer’s opinions were if they did not wish to be interviewed? And yes, while a couple of recent examples of poor form from illegal hunting needs to be called out, claiming that a tiny minority of poachers are causing “just as much damage” as the estimated 24 million feral pigs and growing across Australia, is absurd.

With a federal government that is broke and proposing a tax on sugar as a revenue grab, under the guise of public health as always, public hunting on crown land under a reasonably priced permit system would go a long way for farmers, native species, shooters and the economy.

Baiting and trapping are both integral parts of the invasive species problem that must be included in a full spectrum approach. However, shooting is the most targeted, cost effective and above all, most humane form of cull. The current restrictions on firearms and hunting access areas only serve to facilitate the invasive species problem, not curtail it.

As you can see, the upcoming Great Forest National Park Proposal from the Daniel Andrews government is a potential invasive species management nightmare. The Andrews Government better be prepared to extend the fox and dog bounty if they move ahead with that ludicrous idea.

We have a choice now in Australia: invasive species or native species. Man has created the problem of invasive species in Australia. Man must take ownership of the problem and step in to correct the problem or risk losing it all.

Now speaking of that, can we have our semi-auto rimfires out of Category C? There’s some feral cats we’d like to go eliminate.

Or, as Ozzie Reviews suggests, perhaps air rifles be deregulated so the cane toad scourge, which has now reached northern Western Australia, be combated a little more effectively at a local level?

Nah, too much common sense, not enough Helen Lovejoy-esque hand wringing.

Queensland Police: COAG says NO to pistols for farmers

At a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing this week, we listened with interest as Police solicitors tabled a copy of the new National Firearms Agreement.  They were trying to take pistols off a man who has safely used pistols to destroy feral pests for a very long time.

Those Police solicitors bravely indicated that the Queensland Government had signed up to the new NFA. They indicated the Queensland Government intended to eliminate pistols for animal destruction in Queensland.  The Queensland Parliament hasn’t changed the law, but that doesn’t stop Police solicitors in crumpled suits from breathlessly huffing about COAG.

The decision is reserved.

 We’re the Police, we’d never be loose with the facts

Queensland has a long history of licensing farmers and pest controllers to use pistols to humanely destroy animals.  Pistols are light, compact and ready take advantage of what is sometimes a narrow window of opportunity or a dangerous, confined space where it’s hard to move a rifle.

Around 2013, Queensland Police Weapons Licensing Branch started to end this practice.  There was no change to the law.  There was a simple written plan to verbally pressure farmers and pest controllers into withdrawing perfectly legitimate license renewals, even though those people had been safely using pistols for decades.

We’ve previously described:

  • How Police frequently use pistols to destroy animals and Police tests confirm that pistols are highly suitable for the purpose,
  • How WLB has spoken and written to applicants, telling them that it is “impossible to justify the use of concealable firearms to kills animals” merely because some older CSIRO reports about pest destruction use the world ‘rifle’ and not ‘pistol’.

Nowadays, the CSIRO and Commonwealth and State Departments of Agriculture work together to write guidelines for humane pest destruction.  Last year, the modern version of those documents were revised to replace ‘rifle’ with ‘firearm’.

The National Wild Dog Action Plan Implementation Committee, which includes academics and State and Territory representatives, receives federal funding to plan and advise on the elimination of wild dogs.  They wrote to the Queensland Police Minister in November 2016 and pointed out that, far from being “impossible to justify”, pistols could be quite useful in pest destruction:

“Firstly, the changes justify the preference for pistols over rifles when land managers seek to improve motor bike riding safety and where the location or position of a trapped animal requires the improved site picture of a pistol for a more humane kill.  Secondly, the changes justify a larger calibre firearm for a more humane kill where the location or position of a trapped animal prohibits a clear headshot.”

Please hold.  Your call is important to us.

We asked the Queensland Police Minister about the ‘rifle’ to ‘firearm’ change on 12 November 2016 and then formally applied to Queensland Police for a copy of the letter from the Wild Dog Committee.  Here’s what happened next.

When What
5 January 2017 Minister Ryan writes back and outlines the increase in rejections of pistol applications for humane pest destruction.

Year Rejections
2016 56
2015 62
2014 44
2013 30

The Minister invites us to contact Inspector Smith at Weapons Branch for further information.

6 January 2017 We write to Inspector WLB and ask:

Have you or your officers received a copy of correspondence to the Minister from the Wild Dog Action Plan Implementation Committee (Invasive Species Ltd) dated on or about 3 November concerning the occupational use of pistols in animal destruction?

18 January 2017 Inspector WLB writes back:

I do recall receiving some material regarding the ‘wild dog action plan’.  However, whether that was from you or another person, I do not recall.

18 January 2017 We write back:

The correspondence wouldn’t have been from me. Given the correspondence was only issued last November, it can’t be too long lost in the mists of time.  I would find it informative to know whether your branch received it and any notice you gave it.

24 January 2017 Inspector WLB writes back:

I wish to advise that on reviewing your request, regarding the ‘wild dog action plan’ and my previous correspondence in which I acknowledged receiving some material on this topic, as it turns out it was your ‘Right to Information’ request for information on this topic.

From a quick google search of ‘wild dog action plan’ this information is readily available.

The below link should assist.

http://www.pestsmart.org.au/national-wild-dog-action-plan/

15 February 2017 The QPS release documents showing Inspector WLB and other uniformed members of the Weapons Branch were involved in preparing a response by the Police Minister to the Invasive Species correspondence in November 2016.

 

 

The Weapons Licensing Branch had knowledge of the correspondence to the Police Minister in November.  The correspondence seriously undermines their extreme position against the use of pistols by primary producers.  We received a response on this issue that appears to be misleading – almost like the Weapons Licensing Branch are going to lengths to pretend that the codes of practice agreed by Commonwealth and State representatives haven’t been updated to say that pistols are suitable.

Given that the National Firearms Agreement was recently updated with a view to ripping pistols off all farmers and primary producers, we have to ask ourselves: if the Police haven’t been completely upfront with us, would they have been upfront with politicians and policy-advisers who drafted the new NFA?  Given the recent comments of the Queensland Police Commissioner on Twitter, is the Queensland Police Service an anti-firearms lobby?

Ignoring the pest problem

The scale of the feral pest problem is huge and you need only take a couple of days a few hundred kilometres outside the major capital cities to find more dogs, deer, pigs, goats, camels than you can count.  Pests are destroying rural industries.  Particularly the sheep industry, where dogs are viciously calculating in the torment the impose on countless sheep:

“He was one horrible piece of work. He was a big, strong, wild dog capable of getting the bigger sheep down and surgically removing their kidneys, only their kidneys and then letting them go and the sheep would run off and eventually bleed to death,” Mr Ali said.

“But it took hours for the sheep to die. This is not normally how dogs kill and attack sheep.”

The Police and Policy-making class are utterly indifferent to the real needs of farmers.  They’re coming to take everything off you (one pistol or lever-action shotgun a time).

So is the Queensland Labour Government.  Email the Minister today and to let them know this is unacceptable and then let them know in 2018 at the ballot box.

Written by A. Stanway

More Australian tax payer dollars at work: Pelorus Island Dingo trial backfires spectacularly

You thought the kangaroo sterilization program was a farce?

The infamous trial to use dingos equipped with 18-month suicide collars to eliminate feral goats on Pelorus Island near Townsville has backfired. Colour us surprised.

The Courier Mail reports:

“Two killer dingoes released on to a pristine Whitsunday island to eradicate feral goats have been lost by authorities, who fear they are eating endangered birds.

Wait for it:

“Hinchinbrook Shire Council introduced the dingoes to Pelorus Island, off the coast of Townsville, last year to kill off the local wild goat population, but there are now concerns the dingoes are eating the rare beach-stone curlews instead.

The council say they have been unable to comply with a State Government order to remove the dingoes as they cannot spot them in dense vegetation and their tracking devices are not able to exactly pinpoint their location.

So in true bureaucratic fashion, we’ve taken one problem and turned it into another. Not only are the dingoes are wreaking havoc on the local native species they now can’t locate them – and that’s not even getting started on the immense cruelty being inflicted on the dingoes via the poisoned collar “time bomb.”

The Beach Stone Curlew is currently listed as “Near Threatened” on the Endangered Species Protection List by the Queensland Government. In a twist of irony, it is already under threat from invasive species including dogs. So in essence, this experiment has just gone and thrown petrol on the fire.

What is the cost of this program? Well, there’s no publicly available information but one would guess six figures at least. This is yet another shining example of tax payer funds being squandered by political correct and unqualified bureaucrats, who remain ideologically opposed to the use of firearms in the ongoing Australian invasive species disaster.

This is all despite the Mayor of Hinchinbrook Shire Ramon Jayo and the ABC’s re-assurances six months ago that this program would be “the saviour of Pelorus island”.

From the article:

“We’ve also tried aerial shooting but the problem is there’s so much vegetation up on top that we can’t get a clear shot, so when the boys came up with this idea we just thought, ‘Well that’s perfect’,” he said.

Dr Lee Allen said: “The most amazing thing is to see the results of this. In a few years’ time you won’t recognise Pelorus Island.”

Is that right, Dr Allen? Well, obviously it wasn’t a good idea but you didn’t need us or most seasoned hunters to tell you that. A scenario like this is exactly the case for ground shooters.

That being said, some good points were raised by one of our readers. Pelorus Island isn’t exactly flat or forgiving terrain and not ideal for many hunters.

This is why when ground shooting teams are to be deployed for difficult jobs like this, the idea of a committee to select the best shooters for the job from relevant volunteer shooting organisations is a good one. Not just those who exhibit the best marksmanship and are available but also possess relevant local knowledge, fitness, experience and are the best fit for the specific job. It’s also a strong case for the deregulation of Category D semi-autos and suppressors being made available for recreational hunters when involved in mass culling operations. Not just by the ACT Government illegally.

As we’ve previously written about Australia’s invasive species problem is at crisis point and will only get worse if hunting laws aren’t relaxed. The current ideological bureaucrat opposition to firearms and recreational hunting, in favour of expensive and frankly hair brained schemes such as this, needs to end and a rational, inclusive approach needs to be implemented – if there is any chance to reverse the course our natives are currently headed in.

Australian tax dollars at work: ACT Government spends $612,000 to “sterilize” 135 kangaroos

The ACT government has revealed that a recent trial sterilization program to attempt to stem breeding of kangaroos within the state has cost $612,000 to date with only 135 kangaroos sterilized. That’s approximately $4,500 per kangaroo. From the article:

“The trial was announced by then minister Shane Rattenbury in early 2014 as a two-year project to vaccinate 500 kangaroos. A year later, in early 2015, then minister Simon Corbell said field trials were about to begin on about 200 kangaroos, with a two-year budget of $530,000.

Ms Wimpenny said in mid-2016, funding had been extended for a year, for a total over three years of $612,000 “plus some in-kind support”. It is unclear what happens after June this year.”

It continues:

“In 2015, Mr Corbell said it was already well known that the contraceptive, GonaCon, was effective when administered by hand, rendering kangaroos infertile for up to six years.”

It’s not even a permanent vaccine.

How many kangaroos in Australia? There are varying estimates and the last publicly available national figures from the Department of Environment were released in 2011:

kangas
Now comparatively speaking, a 40 box of 55 grain Winchester .223 costs around $50, approximately 80 cents a shot. For the price of 135 kangaroos being sterilized for 6 years at a cost of $612,000 by omnipotent bureaucrats, hunters could potentially eliminate 765,000 kangaroos and an actual impact on the problem would be made. Even allowing for the numerous variables associated with hunting, 50% of that number would be a significant impact.

But, remember who you’re dealing with – Australian bureaucrats.

It’s also perfectly fine to commercially harvest kangaroos for export but the thought of licenced hunters culling them to control their numbers and ethically harvest meat is apparently outrageous. This is also the same ACT government that was recently caught illegally using suppressors but suffered no consequence.

The same Bambi effect met Bob Katter MP recently when he called for hunting safaris to cull the out of control crocodile population in North Queensland. It was also on display when the NSW government announced a cull on brumbies in the Blue Mountains. Some of those responses on the Sunrise FB page really are worth a look. Or not.

So whose idea was this? Aside from the ACT Government, you might want to ask the Australian Society for Kangaroos and ask them why aren’t they footing the bill? We already sort of know the answer to that.

This is precisely what happens when you let emotional Animal Rights Activists dictate policy – the same ilk of people that advocate rehoming foxes and sterilizing feral cats and releasing them, without addressing the small fact that the cat still has to eat.

The kangaroo population has exploded mainly because they enjoy protected status and a lack of natural predators. Unfortunately, the prevailing ideology in Australia (key word: ideology) when it comes to wildlife management seems to be that species will observe arbitrary, invisible human constructed boundaries and regulations. Or in simpler terms “don’t worry boys, the feral animals can’t get you in here – this is a national park. There’s three staff covering the entire area and there’s sign posts, we got you covered.”

This nonsense ideology only exacerbates the problem and the Greens and their ilk have a lot to answer for. But, being the Greens, accountability and responsibility are forever the domain of someone other than themselves, they just want the ‘credit’ – especially when they’re calling for snipers to protect penguins.

Logic would dictate that aside from the kangaroo issue, invasive species would be best dealt with by introducing a deregulated, reasonably priced permit hunting system, relaxing restrictions on access to hunting areas (ie crown land) and relaxing firearm regulations for licence holders.

New Zealand has it a lot better –permits, hunting tourism and has turned some of it into a business model while at the same time doing their best at protecting the environment. Rugby is still not the only thing New Zealand does better than us, although the horrors of 1080 are a blemish on their record.

Sure, there’s a definite place in species management for sterilization. However, the overarching reality with the current kangaroo issue and invasive species overall in Australia is quite simple: Man created the problem – man must step in and correct the problem or lose it all. That means, animals must be culled in number, in order to restore the balance.

Whether or not the ACT program continues remains to be seen. However, the justification for said expense at such small ROI needs a serious rethink when there are cost effective alternatives available.

The disconnect between City and Country

One thing I have said for a number of years now is that the disconnect between city and country has grown so wide that you could almost describe it as chalk and cheese. Those in our rural and farming areas know that not much has changed apart from the advancement of technology to make their jobs less laborious. Meanwhile, in the cities, it seems to be a case of me, me, me.

Many people have been drawn to the cities over time due to work, school, etc and therefore only know the city and suburbs. In the cities it seems to be a case of ‘how can I advance myself and get a better outcome for me/ my family?’ as compared to the country, where the general idea is ‘a mate needs a hand, I’m off to help, they’d do the same for me.

Not that long ago, a great many people that lived in the city still had connections to rural land. “Pack your bags kids, we’re going to the farm this weekend.” Today, it’s the reverse, or at best, “Let’s go glamping!” What the bloody hell is that? You want a five star hotel in the bush?

The gap has grown so wide that city people have no idea where their food actually comes from or what kind of troubles a farmer faces when it comes to stock or crops.

For some of us that live in the city or suburbs, we love getting out and going bush. It’s cathartic to us and we love it. Not all of us that enjoy this are shooters, but the shooters sure do help. We take out feral species that threaten our native fauna and we’re proud to do our bit for the country’s ecology and remove anything from rabbits up to camels. We save farmers and the Government hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum and usually at our own expense.

That’s what I call ‘giving back’!

Meanwhile, back in the cities, where the ‘sanitised’ youth have been raised – they have no idea. The ongoing insanity over the Adler 110 being a prime example. Recently in The Daily Telegraph, they did their ‘Street Talk’ section where they asked random (yeah, right) people their thoughts on the Adler:

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Do you notice the average age of these ‘random’ people? Looks to me like 19-24, would that sound right? How much rural contact have they had do you think? How much do you think they know about the plight of landholders? City-centric people have no idea about the issues surrounding farmers. It is no concern for them. Coles & Woolworths stock everything they need!

Let’s have a look at Louise’s comment. “unnecessary trouble” you say? Can you be more specific? Are you aware that the 5 shot version is legal and can also be legally modified? Who will cause this “trouble?” Law Abiding Firearms Owners? I don’t think so. A fact 100% backed up by the Senate Inquiry last year, of which Paul Murray was the only Australian journalist to bother to go and check these facts.

Max says “we haven’t had a massacre in 16 years!” I hope Max isn’t at university, he can’t even count!

Alexis: “This specific gun”? Oh, you mean the Adler? Is it because it’s black? The IAC, Pardus, Uzkon and Chiappas don’t count though, do they?

Dennis was almost close. He said “Why don’t you just leave it as it is?” All shooters would be happy with that, but then, like the ‘sanitised’ people I mentioned earlier, has no bloody idea and states “I just don’t think we need guns.”

All of these people are uneducated in firearms and this is unfortunately often what sways public opinion. People who know nothing, but feel compelled to have a very loud opinion. When was the last time they ‘went bush’?

We have all heard recently that ‘only farmers need these guns’ or ‘farmers & professional shooters have a legitimate reason.’ Sorry, that doesn’t fly with me. As I mentioned earlier, it’s the recreational hunter, who at their expense, assists landholders without reward. Sure, the SSAA run culls occasionally, but that alone won’t do much. The Government reducing the amount of funding to combat pests does less and less each year.

I say to you: who is the most beneficial group of people when it comes to assisting our farmers and country? Who gives the most in return? It is the recreational hunter, who does it for free. To continue to do our job (at no cost) we need the Adler and others of its’ ilk in our arsenal. In fact, we could even go further and demand that Category C firearms be returned to us. The first to whinge in the next rabbit plague will be the Government. “The farmers didn’t do enough!” they’ll cry as the environmentally deleterious 1080 poison is rolled out across affected areas. This in turn will take out many non-target species and our precious fauna will be again at risk.

The above is one possible scenario. Should any firearms owner let the Government get their way because of mass media hysteria?

You know the answer.

 

Written by a bloke who lives in the suburbs, but loves going bush.