"But the fact is that the laws put in place after the Port Arthur gun massacre have been steadily chipped away for decades through pressure on politicians by a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia."
Samantha Lee, Director of Gun Control Australia (GCA).
As I understand it there has been no weakening of our present gun laws in Australia, & from what I understand, the blame for this last shooting where a father shot his two teenage children lies with the NSW Firearms Registry & a certain gun club, both failed to follow proper procedure & because of this a person who should not have been allowed to own a gun was in fact issued with an "H" class restricted gun licence!!! But who will pay the price for this incompetence? Well us of course, the law abiding licenced gun owners of Australia!!! And what are we going to do about that? Well nothing of course, this is Australia not America!
I have in the past started two petitions regarding poor firearms policy that I wanted changing, & very few licenced gun owners could be bothered to sign those petitions. So, the ball is now in your court. You can continue to sit back & say "she'll be right mate" & lose further freedoms & human rights, or you can get off your backsides & start petitioning the government & fighting for our Human Rights!
"Gun Control Australia (CGA)" may well be concerned with public safety, but the problem is that they know very little if anything about firearms, & they can't see past their mandate to disarm law abiding licenced gun owners. Instead of looking at the problem sensibly & using some common sense, they continue down the same path, inconveniencing law abiding licenced gun owners & ignoring the fact that criminals will ALWAYS HAVE GUNS!
Gun violence like any other violence is a societal problem, & it will not be solved with further inadequate pointless gun control. We, the law abiding gun owners are doing all we can, we have our guns locked up, even though it means that land owners can no longer do their job of controlling feral animals properly & protecting our livestock. The predator is long gone by the time we get the gun safe keys, unlock the safe, unlock the other safe with the ammunition, & get out of the house!!! What you could be doing though is writing a decent sensible policy for the control of firearms that works for everyone concerned. We can't do the impossible, we can't stop criminals from committing crimes, but we could make sure that the penalties for criminals using guns FIT THE CRIME! We could fix all the useless mistakes in the present firearms legislation, & we could petition for some decent sensible self defence laws!!!
People need to stop depending on the government & the police service for their own safety & the safety of their families. We NEED to be able to protect ourselves. Those two teenagers should have been able to defend themselves, their Mother should have been able to protect them, but our present laws made this ILLEGAL!!! Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/an-assault-on-our-right-to-selfprotection/news-story/f743f8b76f21a586a6efb2396c9b2f8d
I suggest you all stop talking about these unjust laws & do something about it. Samantha Lee said we have "a well-resourced, well-connected NRA-style gun lobby here in Australia", she is wrong!!! We don't have anyone who is powerful enough to reverse the present gun laws or to stop further unjust useless gun laws. We need to take responsibility & do something about this before it is too late!!!