Aside from the usual garbage being spouted by Philip Alpers, the Darwin mass shooting has offered a chance for the usual opportunists to use the event as an emotional catalyst for further gun control.
This time, it’s a spot of bullying targeting gel blasters:
“A Queensland gel blaster seller has been ordered to vacate their shop after a backlash from shopping centre customers who deemed it “intimidating” and “in bad taste”.
CQ Blasters opened its store in a Rockhampton shopping centre on Monday, but were asked to leave by centre management on Wednesday after a series of complaints from shoppers.
Gel blasters, which look like real weapons, shoot water-filled gel pellets. They are often used by players navigating outdoor obstacle courses — much like paint ball.
CQ Blasters co-owner Damien Geyer said the centre’s response was counter to the experience they had in-store. We were absolutely shocked, devastated. We were given 90 minutes’ notice [to vacate] and it was a huge blow,” Mr Geyer said.
“The first few days we have just been super busy, a really positive response from the community. So to hear this at the end of the day, I mean, we’ve only been open three days.
“[We’ve been] bringing lots of people into the centre who wouldn’t have normally been there — lots of business for the centre.”
But customers on their way to do their grocery shopping were not impressed by the new store.
“I’m not happy about it, especially after the Darwin shooting,” Rockhampton resident Louise Dern said.
“It’s quite intimidating — I didn’t expect to see that.”
Who are these Helen Lovejoys’ lodging complaints?
Allentown Shopping Centre management apparently thinks selling toy firearms is bad because ‘harm’ but are quite ok with Liquorland having a tenancy.
It’s not all bad news as CQ have managed to find a new store at short notice, but they should never have been forced out in the first place.
And then there’s this garbage:
So where is it coming from? Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan, who had a whinge in the Courier Mail last week calling for “tighter regulations” because essentially Jackie Trad more than likely told him to.
Absolutely ridiculous but again, not surprising from Queensland Labor.
Jackie Trad and Mark Ryan have a bone to pick with the LAFO community and they seem to be manifesting that through targeting gel blasters. Their entire residency in parliament has been wave after wave of attacks on the firearm community, only to be frustrated nearly every time. The Queensland election is also not far off, and Labor are quietly afraid of what happened in the federal election happening in Queensland, hence the backflip on Adani.
Quite simply gel blasters are toys: harden up and stop wasting the public’s time and money on frivolous rubbish.
Australia: where “guns aren’t toys” but toys are guns.