The latest round of cringeworthy hypocrisy on semi-automatic rifles from the Australian media and Police:
What terrorism? This is Western Australia, not Western Afghanistan.
Arguably the last terrorist incident WA ever experienced was in 1993, when Gary Alan Hayes stole an Armoured Personnel Carrier from Karrakatta Army Barracks and rammed Police stations with it. That’s not to say that terrorism can’t happen again but then, that would be the fault of the federal government and it’s policies, would it not?
This is just the latest in the usual propaganda wank from your local Australian Police jurisdiction, showing off how they can supposedly protect you with the firearms they say they can’t trust you with. If the public safety situation is so bad that Police need the firearms they took from the Australian public, then what does that say about the chances of the average unarmed Australian citizen in an event such as this?
The usual questions arise – what are the training standards? Are they going to get these out more than once a year? Are any of these rifles going to go ‘missing’ again?
Note the hypocrisy of Tony Flack, acknowledging the need to “neutralize and respond to a threat as quickly as possible.” So as usual, the maxim of “try not to die until we get there” applies. WA Police stated last year that their response time in the metro area was at least 12 minutes. That’s an eternity in the terrorism world. A state that has had three mass murders this year alone isn’t really in a position to be lecturing the public about public safety.
WA has it (sorta) right with pepper spray being legal, although it’s use is a grey area. It’s a dog’s breakfast on anything else self-defence or firearm related and arguably, the California of Australia.
Get real, WAPOL. If you’re serious about protecting the public from terrorism and violent crime then you would recognise the right to self-defence is useless without access to the means, and come to the table on allowing non-lethal items being available for the public. No reason licenced firearm owners who can meet a similar standard can’t concealed carry either, even more backed up by the fact that most Australian Police only shoot once a year to requalify – far less than their Category H licence-holding counterparts who are legally obligated to do so.
Citizens can help law enforcement on this front, look what just happened in Illinois a few weeks ago:
“A licensed gun owner was hailed Thursday for his role in helping police in suburban Chicago stop a suspect who was firing an automatic weapon, officials said.
Officials commended the unnamed civilian for his actions as they stood outside a hospital where Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was undergoing surgery for four gunshot wounds suffered during the shootout, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there’s who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he’s also engaged in gunfire,” said Cicero police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr.
The concealed-carry owner then got out of his vehicle and began shooting at the suspect.
“He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of,” Cicero town President Larry Dominick told the Sun-Times.”
The Czech Government also has it right. WAPOL and Michelle Roberts do not.