Less than 24 hours after the incident at O’Reilly’s, our favourite Alannah and Madeline Foundation stooge, Neil Mitchell, was flailing his arms about on 3AW in faux outrage and calling for more gun control.
Have a listen here:
Kudos to Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP Daniel Young for keeping a cool head and bringing some semblance of sanity to the debate amidst Mitchell’s victim blaming bonanza.
Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana also joined in later to assure listeners that no machine guns had been stolen:
Wonder if your personal motto “just be compliant and call Police” worked to the public’s advantage here, hey Steve?
Mitchell employed all the usual linguistic tactics, calling dealerships “armouries”, talking over the top of Mr Young, pulling the false need argument and laid on the contrived fear at the beginning of the segment where he listed several legal gun shops in suburban Melbourne, as if they were all ISIS sleeper cells ready to commit the next Bataclan Siege.
Mitchell’s claim that the victims’ are “the people who will get shot with these guns” is absurd and a deflectionary tactic because he couldn’t answer Young’s correct statement that the victims’ were indeed the store owners.
Mitchell then suggested that we should store “firearms at a secure location and have mock firearms in store for customers to sample”. Mr Young knocked it out of the park, but for Mitchell to suggest further centralised storage, and therefore a concentrated target when that has been repeatedly shown to not work, is ridiculous.
Mitchell didn’t even know what a Ruger was. Really, AMF? This is the best shill you have?
Well, what can you say really? More of the same anti-firearm, agenda driven garbage from Neil Mitchell, in between licking the shine off the boots of Victoria Police.
First of all, why someone needs a firearm is none of your authoritarian business. This argument is completely moot and just inane authoritarianism. Why do we need so many journos who mislead the public all day, every day?
Mitchell has been banging on about the violent crime wave in Melbourne almost daily for the last 2 years. To his credit, he’s been one of the few that has kept it accurate and honest as to the causes of said crime.
However, the great hypocrisy of Mitchell was laid bare last year, when he infamously told a caller that was prepared to use any means to defend himself against a home invasion, to “just be compliant and call Police.”
Good one, Neil. It’s ok if Police have these firearms for their own protection to show up 20 minutes too late to write up an insurance claim, but it’s not ok for the law abiding public to protect themselves and their families with them, from the same violent crime you’ve been whingeing about for the last 24 months.
We could also prevent these robberies from happening by arming dealers like they do in the US, but that would be heresy in Australia, where anti-gun ideology eclipses common sense:
Do we need Neil Mitchell in the gun debate? No, we don’t. But Neil needs the AMF money and the status of being the so-called “man of the people”.
Just not when it’s in defence of your life and family.