What a time to be alive!
Upset about the outcome of the National Firearms Agreement and Adler fiasco last week, Gun Control Australia and a cavalcade of irrelevant names decided to pen an emotive, void of fact letter in the most left leaning, anti-gun publication in Australia. The group are not happy with the outcome, claiming it was “biased” and that gun control advocates were “locked out” of discussions.
That’s interesting, considering it took the Firearms Dealers Association of Queensland going on strike before they were able to get a meeting with Police Minister Bill Byrne. And aside from Troy Grant (who proved to be the lone voice of reason at COAG), no other Police Minister consulted with shooting groups.
Further, every FOI request into the NFA was actively denied by the Federal government yet according to Lee Rhiannon, the anti-gun crowd were allegedly able to obtain FOI documents about said proceedings? Yeh, that seems pretty “unbiased” to me.
Essentially the letter reads like this:
“We aren’t happy with the outcome as our 18 month brute force campaign of lies, mistruths and sensationalism didn’t work. So we’d ask for you to review the NFA again until we get the outcome we want. Because a group of 39 people who have no expertise on this issue and are in no way impacted by said laws, should totally get to determine the fates of over 1.2 million people who were consistently locked out of being consulted on laws that would have direct consequence to their way of life.”
Let’s have a brief look at signatories to this letter:
University of Sydney Emeritus Professor of Public Health (code for: authoritarian with no real discernible skills living off the public purse who specializes in banning things he doesn’t like, ie guns, tobacco and alcohol) Simon Chapman recently published further research claiming Australia’s gun laws had worked, etc. Anyone who bothers to read his latest “research” on the subject realises that conclusion of said study stated “Because of this, it is not possible to determine whether the change in firearm deaths can be attributed to the gun law reforms”. That’s also after he changed the definition of mass shooting from 4 killed to 5 killed by one or more assailants (after it was changed from 3 to 4 in 1997). Nothing like a good bit of intellectual dishonesty? What would you expect from a guy who claims to be an authority on the subject but did his PhD on cigarettes and advertising. Totally relevant.
Like all good intellectual cowards, Chapman will block you on Twitter instantly over a difference of opinion. Can’t be shown up to be an intellectual fraud in public now, can we? He also once called semi-automatic rifles “frightening death machines” and a pro-gun activist as “frothing” when the only thing “frothing” is the milk on Chapman’s latte.
The man with the most elusive academic qualifications on the planet who recently claimed on ABC Radio Perth that “illegal firearm imports are an urban myth” and that Australia has “no local firearms manufacturers”. Alpers seems to have taken a back seat these days as maybe even GCA have realised no one takes him seriously, and the bulk of the spokesperson duties has moved over to fellow signatory Charles Watson at Curtin University who, as pointed out by Justin Luke, is another academic fraud with his snout in the gun control funding trough.
The former Stalinist, once under surveillance by ASIO for supplying secrets to the KGB as well as having a drug dealing son and serving as former head of the Coalition for Gun Control. Yes another highly credible authority on the subject.
Ms Peters has returned to the University of Sydney and it is no doubt in my mind that she was brought back to help with this latest anti-Adler campaign. This is the same woman who along with Roland Browne produced a TV segment (cough, predictive programming, cough) in 1995 about “how easy it is to get a gun in Tasmania” and that Bryant was alleged to have referenced during interview. Neither were investigated nor held criminally culpable and the video has miraculously disappeared.
She’s also on the board of the George Soros Open Society funded IANSA but as George seems busy trying to steal the US Presidential election for Hillary Clinton and paying BLM activists to cause chaos, the money may have dried up and Ms Peters was forced back to the disarmament cause.
The rest of the list are predominantly a who’s who of leftists, union representatives and random list of authoritarian media and business figures and more than likely signed on for a financial incentive. Walter “being a victim makes me an expert” Mikac also makes an appearance right on cue. Spider Redgold of the “Erinyes Autonomous Activist Lesbians” is also a signatory. Yes, another household name and organisation when I think of firearms and totally relevant to this discussion. Obviously they are also against the LGBTI community owning firearms?
Would Spider Redgold be happy with the Catholic Church or Islamic Council adjudicating over gay marriage laws in this country? Imagine the outrage. But as usual, it’s only minority groups they like that get special treatment.
The strong union presence is interesting and the most interesting omission would be the Maritime Union of Australia – because revelations of illegal firearm and drugs trafficking on the docks might be a touch embarrassing to the Labor Party and the weight of the letter.
Perhaps Rita Mallia of the CFMEU would like to explain why she was a signatory? Considering that the same CFMEU who fought tooth and nail against the ABCC Bill, were saved by Senator Leyonhjelm who was not originally going to vote for it because of certain provisions (ie reverse burden of proof, etc). So a pro-gun Senator essentially saves the union movement and the CFMEU’s response is to call for more gun control out of spite? Especially as many of it’s members enjoy hunting and shooting? I’ll just let that sink in for a bit.
It’s also applicable to the CPSU whom also signed this letter, representing Australian Border Force (essentially the agency attempting to stop illegal firearms entering the country) against the Australian government, who have been locked in a pay dispute for 3 years.
Yes, we have officially hit peak derp in the gun debate in this country.
I’m sure there’s plenty of ammunitions left though, right Sam Lee?