Monday, August 22, 2022

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen.

 Thoughts for The Week.

What you do in your lifetime will echo down through eternity”,
Marcus Aurelius.


All thinking people should by now know that the world is quickly ‘going to hell in a hand basket’. The doubtful should read some of the last few Editions of the Bulletin. Unfortunately there is no Saviour in sight, no Winston Churchill in the wings ready to lead the world to sanity. On one side we have a militant megalomaniac who wants to re create the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under his own name and on the other side we have a Socialist suffering from dementia bent on turning the western world into a medieval slum with no electricity or fuels. While the leader of the most powerful nation in the world ‘China’ calculates his moves, biding his time, bullies and lies, waiting to gobble up Asia and the world at the most opportune time.



Like Ukraine, we here in Australia are the meat in the sandwich and by far the most valuable and vulnerable, as we are un-armed, un-prepared and closer to China’s teeth. The realism of the above is now established fact. Unfortunately, I have been writing and predicting this situation for so many years, it has become boring, so it makes no sense to repeat it again in these bulletins.


We have no current defence against Missile attacks.


This monthly bulletin is very late, maybe we skip July and call this one August I have been working very hard on several firearm related projects which will ultimately bring joy to a lot of Australia’s firearm owners and make Australia’s future a little more secure.
War In the World Limits Our Ammunition Supply.
The news I wish to share this week is that I have been told by suppliers that the factories that produce Norma Ammunition in Sweden, Vihtavuori in Finland, and Nanno in Norway have all ceased all production of commercial ammunition and gone fully into military production.


Norma in Sweden.


Remington has recently been sold in the USA and they have appointed a new importer for Australia, but due to world events and the disruption from the factory to the suppliers full stocks of Remington will be a long way off.


Most of you who shoot regularly will know that since 2019, the Australian firearm trade has suffered huge shortages. Having forethought here at Owen Guns we tried to build a stock of ammunition and components (based on our 2 years of previous sales) we purchased mountains of stock. (including primers) During 2020 and the Covid 19 virus scare panic buying took a large chunk out to that stock, but with huge difficulty we replaced it, when and how we could. We also bought brand new Haas CNC machines so that we can manufacture very accurate brass, (Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, that has a higher malleability than zinc or copper,) projectiles. They upset /obturate into the rifling grooves, giving great accuracy, due to precise dimension, leave less fouling in your barrel and the expanding hollow points have an explosive effect on targets.
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We named them Whitworth bullets in memory of Mr Joseph Whitworth who did so much groundwork in the 19th century on ballistics, without him our industry would have remained in the medieval era.


However, now in August 2022 ammunition stocks in Australia are at very low levels, I am NOT saying this with any encouragement for you to get into panic buying mode, but to be sensible and buy as much as you can safely afford on a regular basis when it becomes available as these shortages have no end date in site.


An employee checks stamped brass cartridge cases at the Lapua rimfire production factory (Nammo Corporation)


During my travels I have visited many ammunition factories in the world and found factories in Yugoslavia reloading ammunition into Federal boxes and Sellier & Bellot and have been informed on many occasions by the ammunition factories that to keep a good range of cartridges, when any factory in the western world tools up to manufacture a certain cartridge that the other ammunition manufactures send their printed boxes and pays that company to make them for them. Likewise, they return the favour and all work together so that they all have a large range. Recently, when there was a problem with .243 Winchester ammunition and it had to be re-called I was told that Hornady had made it for them.


They can Sell All The Cartridges They Can Make. So Why Sell Components?
In the last two weeks I have had a discussion with a senior manager of one of the largest importer of ammunition and the news that he imparted was not good, he said that their was a large demand for ammunition and as they could sell a packet of 20 rounds of .308 for $49.50 USD, and they could sell all they can make, that they saw no future in selling components for reloading. He said that Australia at present had the cheapest ammo in the world and we could expect to pay a lot more in the future. In past periods of inflation and increases in ammunition prices we have been able to keep shooting by reloading. These days with virtually no primers available and no shotgun or pistol propellants it is becoming increasingly difficult and by what I hear in the trade the manufactures of ammunition are content to collude to eliminate components, so that they can sell more expensive loaded ammunition. In most of the world that might be more acceptable but in Australia we have land owners who have to by law dispose of millions of pests and vermin.


In WW2 When Australia had a factory that produced .22 ammo Government made special batches for farmers as no one else could buy it.


The Reasons For The World Wide Shortages.
For the second time in a decade, demand for ammunition has outstripped supply in the United States. The first ammunition bubble was from 2012 to 2017. The next started in 2020 and has not abated. The data shows that between January 2020 and April 30 of this year, 5.1 million Americans bought their FIRST gun, following 2.4 million who did so in the year before (2019), this surge in overall gun buying was part of an estimated 16.6 million U.S. adults who bought a SECOND firearm in 2020, compared to 13.8 million in 2019. ‘The Trace’, a non-partisan group that tracks guns sales, estimates 2.3m guns were purchased in January alone. Sales, which had remained largely flat for the duration of the Trump presidency, jumped 64% in 2020, the group said. One could assume that was due to the new President Sleepy Creepy Joe.
A third data study, compiled by Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Centre and shows that 6.5% of US adults, or 17 million people, have purchased guns in the past year, up from 5.3% in 2019. Gun sales in the United States continue to explode and beat pre-pandemic levels. August 2021 saw the 2nd highest gun sales for that month, beaten only by August 2020 when the nation watched Democrat leaders allow Antifa and BLM to burn their cities with near impunity.
All these firearm buyers all wanted to buy a packet of ammunition, or more, with there firearms. Most thought that President Obama was the best thing for the US firearm industry but all the awards should go to President Sleepy Creepy Joe, he has given the firearm industry the best years since World War Two.
Still, all those increases are relatively small compared to the 400 million guns estimated to already be circulating in the USA, including at least 4 million AR-15s, commonly described as assault rifles.
The more Biden talks about gun restrictions, the more firearms are bought by American citizens. By this point, you’d think Sleepy Creepy Biden owns stocks and shares in the USA firearms industry.

Our Main Stream Media Has Been Glorifying U.S. Gun Law Victories.
However, after the latest Supreme Court ruling, it’s open season on all US gun laws.
The Supreme Court ruling expanding gun rights threatens to upend firearms restrictions across the country as activists wage court battles over all issues including age limits, and bans on AR-15-style firearms. The decision handed down in June already has led one judge to temporarily block a Colorado town from enforcing a ban on the sale and possession of certain semi-automatic weapons.


The first major gun decision in more than a decade, the ruling could dramatically reshape gun laws in the U.S. even as a series of horrific mass shootings pushes the issue back into the headlines. “The gun rights movement has been given a weapon of mass destruction, and it will annihilate approximately 75% of the gun laws eventually,” said Evan Nappen, a New Jersey gun rights attorney.
The Supreme Court decision struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need to get a license to carry a concealed gun in public, saying it violates Second Amendment rights. Several other states including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws expected to be directly impacted by the ruling.


In Massachusetts, for example, police chiefs can no longer deny or impose restrictions on licenses just because the applicant doesn’t have a “good reason” to carry a gun. New York quickly passed a new concealed-weapon law, but Republicans there predict it will also end up being overturned. In its New York ruling, the High Court’s conservative majority also changed a test lower courts had used for evaluating challenges to gun laws.


Judges should no longer consider whether the law serves public interests like enhancing public safety,” the opinion authored by Justice Clarence Thomas said. Instead, they should only weigh whether the law is “consistent with the Second Amendment’s text and historical understanding.”
The Supreme Court has ordered lower courts to take another look at several other cases under the court’s new test. Among them: laws in California and New Jersey that limit the amount of ammunition a gun magazine can hold and a 2013 ban on “assault weapons” in Maryland.
Gun rights groups are also challenging similar bans in California, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
The rifles at issue in this case are the sorts of bearable arms in common use for lawful purposes that responsible and peaceable people across the United States possess by the millions. And they are, moreover, exactly what they would bring to service in militia duty, should such be necessary,” a New Jersey lawsuit brought in June by the Firearms Policy Coalition says, referencing the language of the Second Amendment. The ruling also has come up in challenges to restrictions on gun possession for 18- to 20-year-olds in Texas and Pennsylvania.
The popularity of the current socialist Democrat Party with its leader in President Sleepy, Creepy Joe is on an ever declining ski slope, the coming November elections are going to remove the hair line Democrat majority and allow the Republicans to block any moves by the Anti Gunners. Sleepy Creepy Joe has no chance of re-election, so again it looks like our American cousins have had a reprieve, but we will have to wait until the US firearm market slows down and manufactures have surplus ammunition to sell, before we have a reprieve from high prices here in Australia.


Note.
If you have been waiting for more than a few days for your ‘Permit To Acquire’ in Queensland, contact Weapons Licencing (07) 3015 7777, confirm that they have received your application. If they cannot assure you that you will receive it in 24 hours, (if you have other firearms on your licence) please contact your Local State member of parliament, ask them to make a Ministerial inquiry to the Police Minister on your behalf, supply your receipt numbers and Licence numbers and the date of your application, mention that you are aware that the Police are in breach of the Weapons Regulations Section 101.
Weapons Regulation 2016, Current as at 17 June 2022
Authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel
Part 22 Acquiring or disposing of weapon
“101 Waiting period for decision on application for permit to
acquire
(1) This section prescribes the period for section 42 of the Act.
(2) The period is 28 days after the day the applicant lodged the
application for the permit to acquire the weapon.
(3) However, the period is the remainder of the day on which the
applicant lodged the application for the permit, if—
(a) the applicant already holds a firearm under a licence; or
(b) an authorised officer is satisfied there are exceptional
circumstances.
Point out to your local State MP that if you were a day late with you renewal under this same Act the police could charge and prosecute you, you would lose your property and have a conviction. Yet the police take no notice of time stipulated in the Regulations. Ask them, do we have a law for public and another set of laws for the Police? These State Members of Parliament of both parties are the people who vote to impose these restrictions on your life. No matter if they are Labour, Liberal or National all of them have a duty to re-present your issue to the Police Minister and to parliament. That is why they are called “Representatives”.
If they refuse, go to your local News paper, explain that the Representative is not doing his job as he has a duty to represent you even though he might disagree with your issue.
No one, including the police can complain about this means of bringing attention to your cause. It is everyone’s right to seek help from your member of parliament. You have been forced to pay for a right, that should be free. They have a duty to supply a  performance. You should have a remedy to see that they are prosecuted for there breaches of the Regulations in the same way that the Police would do to you. We are all supposed to be equal within the law of the land. If you would like to phone the man who is ultimately responsible for this mess, please phone the Police Minister Mark Ryan on 07 3035830o.


“There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.”
Ron Owen

Email owenguns@spiderweb.com.au

Thursday, June 2, 2022

New South Wales must have similar legislation to Queensland, that protects the police but not the public.

 Thoughts for The Week.

What you do in your lifetime will echo down through eternity”,
Marcus Aurelius.

The Police are Not Responsible for your Defence, its Your Responsibility to Defend yourself and your Families.
I have just perused the 853 pages of the Queensland Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 Current as at 25 March 2022 to investigate if the Queensland Police had any responsibilities to defend members of the Queensland public. There are hundreds of references to the word Protect in this Act, but all are to Protect the Police from Criminal responsibility, or protect police information, or protect State building, but nothing for the general public, they are only to be policed. Yes, they can serve notices under the Child protection Act, Domestic Violence Act and call round and collect your firearms under the Weapons Act, but in all truth ‘you’ are responsible for your own protection and hopefully you feel responsible to protect your own families and even the other families in your community.

Why did I do this you might ask?
At present Police in Uvalde, Texas, are facing a barrage of criticism for delays in confronting the shooter who slaughtered children and teachers last week. Officials admit law enforcers screwed up; worse, they impeded parents who wanted to intervene, leaving the crime to be ended by agents who ignored police orders.
At the same time some USA politicians rush to gain prominence on Tv & Air time, dance in the entrails of the dead and wounded blaming  weak Gun legislation.

Jacob Albarado an off-duty US Customs and Border Protection agent

Jacob Albarado an off-duty US Customs and Border Protection agent, had just sat down for a haircut when he received the horrifying message from his wife, Trisha, a fourth-grade teacher at the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.
“There’s an active shooter,” she wrote. “Help,” she sent before sending a chilling: “I love you.”
He immediately leaped out of his seat, grabbed the barber’s shotgun and sped off toward the school. When he arrived at the school the local Police had been on the site for an hour.
Distressing videos have emerged in the aftermath of the massacre showing desperate parents outside the school begging with officers to storm the building while the madman remains inside with kids. Some parents were ready to take action themselves, and officers are seen in the clips holding one parent down and shoving another.
We’re parents! Take him the f—k out!” one mother begs an officer in a video obtained by the Washington Post.
Instead of taking on the killer ‘Ramos’, local police tackled, pepper-sprayed, and handcuffed parents rather than allow them to take action at which officers balked.

Angeli Rose Gomez, the police handcuffed her, but once released she jumped the fence to save her two children.

“The police were doing nothing,” said Angeli Rose Gomez who was briefly arrested for challenging official indecision. “Once freed from her cuffs, Ms. Gomez made her distance from the crowd, jumped the school fence, and ran inside to grab her two children,”. “She sprinted out of the school with them.”
Angeli Rose Gomez’s children gave her a personal stake, which is why she was willing to run into Robb Elementary School; other parents scuffled with police for the opportunity to do the same.
“You know that they are kids right?” one angry man yelled at cops, who appear to be standing their ground. “They’re little kids, they don’t know how to defend themselves… 6-year-old kids in there, they don’t know how to defend themselves from a shooter!”
During this time, 19 policemen were waiting for ‘back up” and the order to enter the school classrooms. Eventually, a Border Patrol team that drove 40 miles to get there were told were told by local police to wait and not enter the school. Jacob Albarado took no notice and fearlessly rushed into Robb Elementary School with his barber’s shotgun took on the killer and rescued dozens of children and his daughter. His daughter, a second-grader, was locked inside a bathroom while his wife hid under desks with her students. However, it was too late the 18-year-old crazed gunman Salvador Ramos had already murdered 19 children and two teachers.

Uvalde, Texas, Elementary school, not the perpetrators, but the students who were lucky enough to escape from the murdered and the police.

This Problem Affects People Worldwide.
Like Queensland, the Police in Uvalde, Texas, do not have any legal obligations to protect the people .”Nothing in the language of the Due Process Clause itself requires the State to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens against invasion by private actors,” Quote -Chief Justice William Rehnquist for the majority in DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services (1989).
That may be thought reasonable as nearly all police officers who don’t have personal stakes in the incidents to which they respond, and it’s asking a lot to expect them to put their lives on the line for strangers. Where as others would think that is was a large part of their job.

Whenever Politicians Scream Out For Even More Stupid Gun Laws.
Remember, It Could Be the Police that shoots you.
Like the Lindt Cafe siege December 2014 when a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café. Police did nothing for 16-hour until police officers from the Tactical Operations Unit began shooting through the café door.

Lindt Cafe Sydney,When Police put themselves ‘in harms way’ is it for promotion, the weekly wage. It means a lot more when its your own family lives under threat.

Police claimed that Hostage Tori Johnson was killed by Monis and hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by a police bullets, but many believe that both were killed by the Police. The Police succeeded in shooting Monis but shot three other hostages and one of there own police officers. Police have been criticised over their handling of the siege for not taking proactive action earlier, for the deaths of hostages at the end of the siege, and for the lack of negotiation during the siege. Hostage Marcia Mikhael called radio station 2GB during the siege and said, “They have not negotiated, they’ve done nothing. They have left us here to die.”
New South Wales must have similar legislation to Queensland, that protects the police but not the public.

Frantic parents of the children stuck in their Texas school screamed at law enforcement officers to enter the school.

The tragedy in Uvalde, Texas is like must be Déjà vu to the Americans as at the Columbine School tragedy, where 15 children were killed, again police did not intervene while children were being murdered. By the time officers entered Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, 47 minutes had passed allowing the shooters to do their worst before killing themselves. Columbine was supposed to spur changes in police policy, but that wasn’t apparent during the 2018 incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, another maniac murdered 17 people and injuring 17 others. A commission appointed by then-Governor Scott to investigate the shooting condemned the police inaction and urged school districts across the state to adopt greater measures of security. Fifteen survivors sued the county, sheriff and school officials for failing to protect them contending that the government’s inadequate response to the shooting violated their Fourteenth Amendment right to due process. This lawsuit was dismissed in December 2018, with the judge citing prior case law in ‘ruling that the government did not have a duty to protect the defendants from the actions of the shooter.’

Never Forget.
Be reminded again that it’s foolish to place our trust in authority or to surrender our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones. When yet again, the politicians sprout disarmament, be aware, the truth is that proposals for a prison society of disarmed and surveilled subjects shepherded by public employees the police, are unworkable. The state cannot defend us from danger, it has no real intention of defending us. Policing is only to clean up afterwards and prosecute the offenders, be they innocent of guilty. Nothing obligates us to pretend otherwise. If you want to protect yourself and your loved ones, you have to do it yourself.
No one should surrender our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones, on the promise of many politicians demanding disarmament, on the chance that a public employee in the Police force, with no stake in the situation and there own families waiting at home will take up the slack and defend us. No law, or hollow promise relying on the limitations of human beings in Police jobs can replace the attachments we have to our own children, our families, our friends, and our own lives.

When the Bad Guys Start Killing, The Only Cure is a Good Guy With A Gun.
USA suffered through more than 40 active shooter incidents last year, and in 18 of those attacks, the shooter was killed by a good guy with a gun, but killed, or not they do not stop until a Good Guy challenges them, by wounding them or capturing them. You cannot give them nice pills.
An unidentified lady in Charleston, West Virginia, also had skin in the game (her own) when she drew a concealed pistol and put down a man who opened fire on a crowd a day after the Uvalde massacre, preventing the death of anybody other than the attacker. The attacker was a known criminal who had a lifetime career of hurting people, yet released by the do gooder’s to continue his criminal career. The lady was not charged.
Another involved a man who began shooting up a gun store in Louisiana, drawing fire from multiple store employees. In Arkansas, a man grabbed his bolt-action rifle and dispatched a gunman who had raked 93 rounds through an apartment complex, saving “a number of lives,” police said. A fired employee who went on a shooting spree at his workplace was killed by an armed employee in Nebraska. In Colorado, a civilian ran from a store to engage and kill a shooter last June. But police, mistaking the civilian for the shooter, fatally shot him.

What is the Answer to the Problem?
Banning Guns is not the answer, The Bath School disaster, also known as the Bath School massacre, was a violent attack perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Michigan, United States. The attacks killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and 6 adults, and injured at least 58 other people. Kehoe used timed explosives detonating at the Bath Consolidated School building.  Banning firearms would have made no difference, once a killer has a mind set they will use poison, gas, vehicles, swords or a neck tie to achieve their aims.
84 people were killed, including more than 10 children, after a truck purposely slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice on the 15 July 2016. We all know that guns are not needed, when a person decides to kill indiscriminately they will find the means.

Who is best to prevent Indiscriminate killings?
The then-Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble wrestled with this dilemma after a 2013 terrorist attack at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya where four maniacs went on a rampage, killing 71 people and injuring 200 hundred more and sparking a traumatic three-day standoff. During the roughly three-and-a-half hours that the killers were loose in the mall, there was virtually no organized government response.

At first, slaughter rained from the killers on a soft target.

Until an ex-SAS man, and a former member of (ARW) Irish Army Ranger Wing Major Dominic Troulan helped to save lives. They were working as security consultants for an oil company, and had there carry handguns they raced to the Westgate mall. In their first efforts to get into mall via basement delivery ramp in the parking garage, they ran into a hail of bullets and were forced to double back. On their way back, they ran into 100 people cowering behind an armored car. They rallied the civilians and helped guide them to the safety of the main road in front of the mall. As they exited, they could see bloody hands waving for help as shots were fired on the roof of the car park. The hand disappeared into a mall coffee shop. The pair came under fire from the top of a fire escape the SAS veteran attacked the fire escape while the Irish Ranger went for the coffee shop, he found 20 dead and 100 more sheltered in place. As the SAS man had cleared the fire escape one of them watched the stairs, the other persuaded the shoppers to climb down the fire escape. There was a “bloodbath” in the adjacent car park rooftop. As the civilians went down the fire escape, the SAS veteran and the Irish Ranger split up. The SAS operator went out onto the rooftop as the Ranger continued on toward the sushi restaurant where his Oil company staff were hiding.

This resistance from the two retired soldiers allowed people to escape. If you look carefully at this mans waistband we can see that this man had a crucial advantage.

The SAS paired injured people with the uninjured to hasten their retreat and covered the bodies of the dead. Meanwhile, the Irish Ranger had come under fire from the militants, and returned fire. He bolted toward the restaurant, where he found more of the oil company staff hiding in a storeroom, then convinced them to race back to the coffee shop while he returned fire to the terrorists. The two men reconnected in the cargo area, hustling the oil company’s staff into a company car. With their charges safe, they pleaded for the Kenyan police to assault the car park, but were rebuffed. The police were waiting on a SWAT team and would not advance without them.

Why Does the Media Not Report The Part that Hero’s With Guns Play?
The Brit and the Irishman couldn’t wait. With the help of a Sikh civilian who had already escaped the mall, they went back into the fray. They found a Red Cross ambulance that was struggling to remove the dead and wounded people from the roof of the car park. The men worked for an hour with the emergency medical personnel before doctors could arrive. They were about to leave when they got a text from another friend inside the mall.

Two hero’s helping the Red Cross evacuate the wounded.

They went in to retrieve him, too. The three remaining men exited via the trusted route of the fire escape just three hours after the terror attack began. The two men rescued all of their personnel and friends, along with hundreds of trapped civilians, aided in the triage of the wounded, and exited the danger zone without any injury to themselves. By the time they left the mall, the police had still not cordoned off the local area. Under fire these veterans technical civilians, organised the rescue of hundreds of terrified shoppers. There are several similarities between this rescue by civilians and the rescue at Nairobi DusitD2 Hotel complex attack.

Again a single off duty British SAS operative goes into the siege, eliminates the terrorists and is seen here assisting one of the hostages to safety. Where are the Police?

The attack itself only lasted in the Westgate Mall lasted for few hours, all of it taking place before the three days stand off by the Kenyan security forces who waited to enter the building. When they finally did, it was only to shoot at one another before going on an armed looting spree that resulted in the collapse of the rear of the building, destroyed with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble, said, “there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called ‘soft targets’ are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves,” ABC News critically reported at the time. “Noble seemed to favour armed civilians since that allows for dynamic responses to unpredictable situations”. Assuming that police don’t shoot the civilian protectors.

Armed Parents volunteer to defend their children’s schools on a shift basis,

Addendum
Following the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, schools in the neighboring city of Seminole posted signs outside their doors to announce that their staff are armed. “Attention. Please be aware that Seminole ISD is a guardian school,” one sign reads. “Staff are armed and will use whatever force necessary to protect our students and employees.” Various pictures of the sign have circulated on social media. Some parents post the photos as a show of gratitude that their child’s school is stepping up. At least these schools have made the correct decision.
The defence of life is a recognisable primary right of the human species. To implement that right of self defence he or she must have the means, tools, guns, what ever is suitable for that person at their disposal. To deny humans that right is to deny the individual to the right to life.
Is there any worse crime against the laws of human rights than that? Move over Hitler, Stalin and Eichmann, Joe Biden is gunning for your reputation.

There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
Ron Owen

Monday, May 2, 2022

Australian Militia. Australian Civil Defence, & should we be preparing for war.

 

Our Only Secret Asset Is Two Million licenced Shooters.
Australia has to train millions of fit young men, and women to fight. We quickly need a trained Militia similar to the Ukraine, Taiwan, or Switzerland.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) had the Swiss federal principle of the people’s army in mind when he wrote in 1772 “All citizens should see being a soldier as their duty, not as a profession. Such was the case with the Roman military system; such is the case with the Swiss system today; and such should be the case with any free State.”
The first constitution for Switzerland as a whole, the Helvetic Constitution of 1798, laid down the militia principle in Article 25, inter alia: ‘Every citizen is a born soldier of the Fatherland’. From 1830 onwards, the reframed cantonal constitutions then also adopted this principle. Under the country’s militia system, professional soldiers constitute about 5 percent of the military and the rest are conscripts or volunteers aged 19 to 34 (in some cases up to 50). The structure of the Swiss militia system stipulates that the soldiers keep their own personal equipment, including all personally assigned weapons, at home. All members of the Armed Forces who have been issued an assault rifle must complete a shooting exercise at a rifle club every year until the last year before they are discharged from military duty.
Compulsory military service applies to all male Swiss citizens, with women serving voluntarily. Males usually receive initial orders at the age of 18 for military conscription eligibility screening. About two-thirds of young Swiss men are found suitable for service, while alternative service exists for those found unsuitable.

Civil Defence For Australia
Australia needs a new mind set in its development following the Swiss Civil Defence as imagine how we in Australia today could cope with the invasion such as what is occurring today in Ukraine.
After World War II, Switzerland began building homes with 40 cm-thick concrete ceilings that might survive firebombing of the type that destroyed Hamburg and Dresden. In the 1960s they began constructing radiation and blast shelters that could survive one to three bars (100–300 kPa) of pressure from a nuclear explosion. Building codes require blast shelters, which are said to be able to accommodate 114% of the Swiss population. Small towns have large underground parking garages that can serve as sealed community shelters. There are also hospitals and command centres in such shelters, aimed at keeping the country running in case of emergencies. Many private shelters serve as wine cellars and closets.

That’s not a Rock, its not a Swiss Watch, nor a Swiss Army pocket knife but a Swiss Gun Emplacement.

Thousands of tunnels, highways, railroads, and bridges are built with tank traps and primed with demolition charges to be used against invading forces; often, the civilian engineer who designed the bridge plans the demolition as a military officer. Hidden guns are aimed to prevent enemy forces from attempting to rebuild. Permanent fortifications were established in the Alps, as bases from which to retake the fertile valleys after a potential invasion. They include underground air bases that are adjacent to normal runways; the aircraft, crew and supporting material are housed in the caverns.

Australia used to Have a Militia.
Using the Rifle Clubs the Local Depots. It was a part of the Defence Act of 1903 and was not removed until that imbecile John Howard removed it in 1997.
Initially it stated.
No. 20 of 1903.
“An Act to provide for the Naval and Military Defence and Protection of the Commonwealth and of the several States.
Citizen Forces.
Section 32.—(1.) The Citizen Forces shall be divided into Militia Forces Volunteer Forces and Reserve Forces.
(2.) The Militia Forces shall consist of officers, soldiers, petty officers, and sailors who are not bound to continuous naval or military service and who are paid for their services as prescribed.
(3.) The Volunteer Forces shall consist of officers, soldiers, petty officers, and sailors who are not bound to continuous naval or military service and who are not ordinarily paid for their services in times of peace.
(4.) The Reserve Forces shall consist of—
(a) Members of Rifle Clubs constituted in the manner prescribed, who have taken the oath set out in the Second Schedule, before an officer or Justice of the Peace, or before a person authorized by regulation to receive such oath; and
(b) Persons who, having served in the Active Forces or otherwise as is prescribed, are enrolled as members of the Reserve Forces.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 – SECT 111A
Property of Rifle Club vested in Captain
For the purposes of legal proceedings, all arms, ammunition, or other military articles, belonging to or used by any Rifle Club, shall be deemed to be the property of the Captain of the Rifle Club.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 – SECT 124
Regulations (1) The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for securing the good government of the Defence Force, or for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and in particular prescribing matters providing for and in relation to:
(j) The formation, incorporation and management of:

(i) full-bore or small-bore rifle clubs;

(ii) full-bore or small-bore rifle associations;

(iii) a national body for the control and administration of full-bore rifle shooting; and

(iv) a national body for the control and administration of small-bore rifle shooting; and

(k) The empowering of clubs, associations or national bodies referred to in paragraph
(j) to make, alter and repeal rules, not inconsistent with this Act, for the conduct of their affairs and for the conduct of any rifle competitions promoted by them; and

(ka) The establishment, management, operation and control of canteens on rifle ranges or on the premises of rifle clubs, including the possession, supply, sale, purchase and consumption of intoxicating liquor at any such range or club;

Not the normal Targets at our club but I can understand why the target shooters in Ukraine might like it.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 – SECT 116Q
Public areas of defence land

(1) The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette , declare an area specified in the notice to be a public area and assign a name to that area.

(2) In subsection (1), area means an area of land that is owned or held under lease by the Commonwealth and used, or intended for use, for the purposes of defence.

(2) Male persons over the age of 16 years who are Australian citizens and
are financial members of a rifle club who have taken and subscribed the oath
or affirmation prescribed by regulation 19 shall be active members of a rifle
club.
(3) A member of the Defence Force is eligible to be an active member of a
rifle club.

SECOND SCHEDULE.
Oath.
I swear that I will well and truly serve Our Sovereign Lord the King as a member of the Reserve Forces of the Commonwealth of Australia, and that I will resist His Majesty’s enemies and cause His Majesty’s peace to be kept and maintained and that I will in all matters appertaining to my service faithfully discharge my duty according to law. So help me God.

As a member of the Defence Force after taking the Oath, like all other members of the Australia Defence Force, I could defend our country and myself with a Service Rifle of the Day, train with it, and take it home, keep it well serviced and ready for use. Every Saturday, or if called out by the Club Captain.
When do we get back to it?
I was a little surprised when in 1967 on arriving in Australia and joining the Rifle Club to be asked to take the Oath as I had already taken it a few times previously in my occupation as a Grenadier Guardsman in the British Army, but I did not mind taking it again. I received my card and it noted on the back that the Captain of the club was authorised to call us out for parade when needed. In those days small towns had a Rifle Range before they had a tennis court. We had competitions with the service Rifle of the day, they were inexpensive to buy, and the Defence Department supplied the Rifle Ranges and Ammunition and we maintained the ranges. It worked and those clubs had trained thousands of men that went to the First and Second World War, Korea, Malaya, Indonesia and Vietnam.

At least if we prepare, we won’t have to use cardboard cut outs for rifles.

Deterrent.
In Ukraine the man with the Rifle has succeeded in removing a dozen Russian Generals from their country. If we had 5 million men & women training every week with service Rifles, shooting and competing with one another, that would be a deterrent to any potential invader. With some small encouragement instead of the 25 years of bastardisation, for little money, not Billions Australia could have a chance in defending itself. The Training with GPS and mobile phones might be a little different than the 1960s but the skills of putting a bullet where it belongs, reading the wind, judging the range, following firing orders, servicing there rifle and kit will be not just life saving but nation saving.
There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
Ron Owen

This Newsletter is published by Owen Guns 24 McMahon Road, Gympie Ph: 07 5482 5070.

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report trailer - English

UN Drastic Climate Change Warning. We Are Literally Running Out Of Time!!!

 

No One Stopping Climate Change.

The world is not really doing anything to stop or slow climate change, it has been put in the “too hard to do” basket. The world is still burning fossil fuels, those that claim to have reduced drilling for oil & gas such as America are in fact purchasing fossil fuels from overseas. The world is still destroying natural forests & wildlife habitats, some forests such as the Amazon forest are now creating more carbon emissions that they absorb. Climate change is now causing “Feedback Loops”, that means that climate change is causing droughts which in turn is killing trees, it is melting the ice & creating “Black Water”, it is melting the permafrost & releasing methane.
Alternate energy is not carbon neutral; ALL alternate energy sources are TOTALLY reliant on fossil fuels for their manufacture. Electric vehicles are the same; they cannot be produced without burning fossil fuels.

We have perhaps 10–20 years before society collapses, this will be catastrophic; this will be TEOTWAWKI. Today’s children may not survive climate change. If you are 40 years of age or younger, you need to start prepping now. There is going to be a lot more frequent & severe disasters worldwide in the build up to societal collapse. The cities will be the worst places to live in.
Regards, Keith.

 STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE.

I think what needs to be done to stop climate change is just too big for governments to handle, & the majority of people in the cities do not want to have to change their environmentally damaging lifestyles. It is easier for the governments to wait until disasters happen, & then put their energies into dealing with those individual disasters. Having said that I must point out that the Australian government never did finish helping the people after the last catastrophic climate change wildfires.
I believe the only way to stop climate change is to change society to function on a more primitive technology, & to stop the burning of fossil fuels completely & immediately. This would be a tremendous task, but I think it is the only way to save humanity from societal collapse, total chaos leading to many deaths & eventually possibly the extinction of the human race within the next 80–100 years.

 UN climate report: 'Atlas of human suffering' worse, bigger

MIT's 1972 prediction of society collapsing could happen by 2040

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Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-means-australia-may-have-to-abandon-much-of-its-farming-166098

Dire impact of climate emergency on children revealed
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/05/climate-change-apocalypse-could-start-2050-if-we-do-noting/1356865001/

‘The only uncertainty is how long we’ll last’: a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050
https://www.trtworld.com/life/extinction-disease-heat-to-hit-earth-sooner-than-feared-un-draft-report-47758

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying - IPCC
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Human society has 90% chance of collapsing in the next few decades. But why?
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Anthropogenic climate change accelerating faster than earlier, natural analogs - Advanced Science News
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'Uninhabitable Hell:' UN Report Warns of Planet's Future for Millions Without Climate Action
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2 °C of Warming Could Open The Floodgates For 230 Billion Tons of Carbon to Escape
Global warming is on pace for catastrophic 3.3º C without drastic measures
Whatever happens … it’s the end of the world as we know it
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As World Teeters on Brink, Over 250 Scientists and Scholars Warn of Full-Fledged 'Societal Collapse'
Climate change can disrupt food availability, reduce access to food, and affect food quality. For example, projected increases in temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, changes in extreme weather events, and reductions in water availability may all result in reduced agricultural productivity.
Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Food Supply | US EPA
How Climate Change Will Alter Our Food
http://www.fao.org/elearning/course/FCC/EN/pdf/learnernotes0854.pdf
Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns (Published 2019)
Climate explained: how climate change will affect food production and security
How climate change threatens food security (and why we're all at risk)

https://youtu.be/OQDiVHGblj8