The man responsible for the biggest ever wipeout of the Nationals’ primary vote is at it again, this time spruiking more anti-gun drivel as part of a Monash University alumni event:
In other words, three left-leaning anti-gun spruikers are getting together in an echo chamber on behalf of the most left-wing university in the most left-wing city in the country, to nod furiously in agreement with each other for an hour. Identical to Sam Lee and David Shoebridge’s stunt at Politics in the Pub months ago.
Donald Betts is a former Democrat Senator from Kansas, so no guesses as to his leanings on firearms. It’ll be interesting to see if Mr Betts is keen to discuss the disproportionately high homicide rates of the African-American community vs the rest of the country. I doubt it.
If you’re in doubt as to the views of Andrew Saindon, here’s what he said about the landmark DC vs Heller ruling in 2008:
“Andrew J. Saindon, a D.C. assistant attorney general, argued the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to the right to carry. Mr. Saindon claims the carry ban prevents crime and increases public safety. Echoing a favorite argument of local politicians, Mr. Saindon asserted, “The District is a unique place. It’s the seat of federal government, home to hundreds of politicians … and a proven target of terrorists’ attack.”
Yep, another anti-gunner. Government officials are already protected in Washington DC by, oh I don’t know, guns?
Three simple questions for the panellists:
Will the panel also discuss the 46% drop in the firearm death rate in Australia in the 16 years before John Howard got anywhere near the PM’s office?
Will Tim Fischer provide an accurate, non-waffling explanation about how the non-legally binding National Firearms Agreement has any relevance at all, given the legal flavour of the event?
I doubt it, given there’s no pro-gun counter balance on the panel, as is standard.
Call this event for what it is – the usual, self-aggrandizing, echo chamber wank about apparently how much better Australia is at regulating firearms than America, while avoiding any real in-depth discussion about the complex myriad of socio-economic, political, historical, cultural and other factors that render this simplistic, binary argument completely irrelevant.
The event claims to be exploring this side of the debate: “in particular, this panel will focus on what makes Australia and the US distinct both legally and culturally in the context of gun regulation.”
Well, we could have told you that for free and saved you the trouble of listening to Tim Fischer.