In the midst of all the gun store closures in Queensland and WA, Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has dropped this:
There you have it. The inference that the most law-abiding section of the Victorian and indeed, Australian, community are just domestic abusers in waiting so therefore the government must close firearm businesses down and put more people on the unemployment line.
Meanwhile, liquor stores are fine to keep trading because the risk of exacerbated alcohol-fuelled violence that an economic depression will bring is a price worth paying. Sex shops are also fine to keep trading, because it’s about flattening the curve and social distancing and not politics.
ABS data (2018 being the latest available) for domestic violence
proves Neville a blatant
“For victims of FDV-related Homicide in 2018:
- More than half (53%) were female (75 female victims and 65 male victims)
- Over two-fifths (42%) were aged 45 years and over (60 victims)
- Close to half (45%) occurred within an Intimate partner relationship (64 victims)
- Most occurred at a residential location (92% or 130 victims)
- A knife was the most common weapon type used (45% or 39 victims) (Tables 22 and 23)”
With every family locked down in isolation, the kitchen seems the highest risk place to be. Her own Police Commissioner, Shane Patton, also admitted he had no data to support Neville’s ludicrous claim.
So far, it’s only Labor governed states that have implemented this measure but that will likely change. The excuse seems to be that it’s the National Cabinet’s decision to do this. Whether that is true or not is up for debate considering the make-up of said Cabinet and we’re not privy to that level discussion however, it also has to be asked who within Cabinet came up with this idea and/or who is advising them to close firearm businesses?
The shady Firearm Policy Working Group, who have been responsible for a conga line of restrictions, would surely have to be contenders here aside from Labor MP’s.
The suggestion that people are stockpiling is also ludicrous. Sure, there are a number of firearm owners that have purchased more than they would usually as they are generally unsure if firearm businesses would be forced to close and how long for – that’s prudent and nothing to do with paranoia. Further, the Australian dollar is dropping like a stone and supply chains are disrupted and with most ammunition now imported, prices are going to go through the roof in the next few weeks.
As of the suggestion of panic buying, that is highly spurious considering PTA requirements (especially for first time buyers) in every Australian state.
Let’s face it, along with the rest of the country Victoria is already staring down the barrel of a huge economic depression in the next 12 months and beyond. Stamp duty from the sale of real estate, the international student ponzi scheme and tourism are Victoria’s three largest money earners – all three of them are at a complete standstill. Cessation of income from firearm licencing and the relevant taxes and levies from the firearm industry, will further add to the Victorian government’s pain.
Call this move for what it is – a blatant, opportunistic attempt to take a shot at the firearms industry financially. We’ve already been attacked by the morally righteous banks who are denying service and accounts to gun dealers and QBE Insurance refusing to insure gun owners on ideological grounds. This is just political opportunism and a further attack on Australian firearm culture and especially the working class that Labor claims to represent.
It’s not all bad, the National Shooting Council and firearms dealers have announced they will be taking legal action against the Andrews Government and Victoria Police. Details of that will follow.
At least the mask has slipped completely off from Labor and Lisa Neville, if you hadn’t already noticed every other time.
One final thing that is worth mentioning – it is imperative that whenever the resolution of this current situation occurs that you support your local gun dealer as best you can in these harsh economic times.