Saturday, 28 July 2012

Defending yourself in the UK vs the US

This nine minute video talks about how the British have lost their freedom to hunt and shoot.  British Olympic pistol shooters are now forced to train abroad, as they are unable to own even a low powered air pistol in the UK.

Since the pistols used in the pistol shooting events are illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, special dispensation had to be granted by the UK Government to allow certain events to go ahead.

Some quotes to remember from this video:

1.  Since the gun ban, crime has increased 40 per cent.
2.  The authorities have no way to control the criminals, so they control the law abiding.
3.  Freedom is only for those who have the guts to defend it.

Scroll forward to 4:05 and learn about Tony Martin, who shot two intruders, killing one and defending himself in his own home.  Both intruders had over a dozen convictions and Tony had been broken into three times.

At the time of the making of this video, the intruder is free roaming the streets, having served 18 months, while Tony was given life imprisonment, which was later downgraded to manslaughter.

Now lets see what happens in the US when you need to defend yourself from a machete wielding intruder.

Learn how extreme the Greens really are.

What can you do to protect your freedoms in Australia?  Vote for the Shooters and Fishers Party!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Can guns save lives.....

According to this article, they can!!

Colorado Batman Cinema shooting

One important question that nobody has asked.....

Why in a state where law abiding citizens are allowed to conceal and carry, did the cinema operator ban people concealing in his movie theater?

How many lives could have been saved if someone had the chance to take out that psycho there and then?

The real problem is gun free zones.

Less guns, less crime...

If someone wants a gun, they'll get a gun.  Drunk drivers who lose their licence still drive drunk unlicensed.

Ideology - Is it possible to ban guns?

Is it possible for a modern country like Australia to ban firearms altogether?  Before we start to debate this, lets look at some facts:

1.  Gun powder was invented in the 9th century and can be made at home

2.  The first gun was invented in the 13th century and have been made at home.

3.  You can train a dog to sniff for drugs, but you can't train a dog to sniff for metal parts.

4.  Anyone with a CNC machine can cut out the parts of a modern semi-automatic pistol using blueprints downloaded from the internet.  Anyone with a milling machine and a lathe could effectively do the same.

5.  3D printers, bought for a little over $1,000, can cut out plastic gun parts.

6.  The UK banned handguns in 1997.  Read this article to see how well that went...  

7.  There are 2.75 million firearms legally registered in Australia to 730,000 Australians.  That's one firearm for every eight people.  It's well known that at the last gun buy-back, many firearms were not surrendered to police and still remain in circulation.

8.  Pistols up to 120 years old have been used in gun crime.

So lets say we ban guns.  Do criminals obey the law?  Prohibition didn't work.  Drug crime still exists.  How is this achievable and what purpose would it serve?  How many people die on our roads every year?  Wouldn't our tax dollars be better spent fixing our roads and investing in driver education?

Don't take my word for it, read this research paper from Harvard, or at least the conclusion....

"This Article has reviewed a significant amount of evidence from a wide variety of international sources.  Each individual portion of evidence is subject to cavil—at the very least the general objection that the persuasiveness of social scientific evidence cannot remotely approach the persuasiveness of conclusions in the physical sciences.  Nevertheless, the burden of proof rests on the proponents of the 'more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death' mantra, especially since they argue public policy ought to be based on that mantra. 
To bear that burden would at the very least require showing that a large number of nations with more guns have more death and that nations that have imposed stringent gun controls have achieved substantial reductions in criminal violence (or suicide).  But those correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared across the world."


Monday, 23 July 2012

Guns in Australia

I finally decided to set up my own blog spot to combat a lot of the misinformation we hear from the media about guns.  I hope to add regular new topics talking about gun law, conceal and carry, news, history, shooting and hunting.  I strongly encourage debate and feedback from anyone interested in learning more about guns or from those who wish to challenge my views.  Lets be polite, rational, factual and most importantly dispel some of the lies that have been perpetuated by journalists.

Firstly, I thought it might be good to share some background information about me and why I believe this is an important debate to have.

I'm a middle-aged Australian who has been shooting and hunting since the age of 12.  My father taught me how to shoot back in 1986.  We were in the bush with a friend of dad's and his children.  We made a little campfire and talked about guns and gun safety.  Safety was really important.  We were taught whenever you are handed a gun, you check first to make sure it's unloaded.  We were taught never to point a gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.  That you do not load a round until you are ready to shoot.  That you never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.  That we never shoot over a ridge and that we are responsible for the bullet until it comes to a complete stop.  There were some other safety principals like not climbing over a fence with a gun, but rather have someone hand it to you.  It all sounds simple enough, but we went over this for a couple of hours and practiced handling unloaded firearms until my father thought we were ready to use them safely.  We set up a few targets down in a gully and began to practice learning the art of marksmanship.

I gave up hunting when I became an adult and had other priorities.  I traveled the world, lived in the city and worked a career in consulting.

In July 2009, I was inspired by a story on 60 minutes about a mother who hunted deer, farming her own fresh, free-range venison.  I was so inspired by the story that I made enquiries into obtaining my firearms licence again so I could start hunting myself.  I loved camping, so I figured why not incorporate a hunt, and harvest my own fresh organic meat?

To my dismay, I experienced an incredibly cumbersome process of trying to re-obtain my firearms licence, and to apply for the permits to acquire some firearms.  I beavered away through the process and sure enough, about eight weeks later, I owned a small caliber rifle and a shotgun.  I made some enquires into hunting and where I could hunt, and was surprised that national parks in NSW were off limits.  However, I could hunt in State Forests if I studied up and sat a test to obtain my Game Council R licence.  I bought the training manual, studied every night for a few weeks and booked in my test.  It was not long before I could apply for a permit to begin my first hunting adventure.

The first State forest I booked into was a bit of a scrub and not very pleasant for camping, so I made enquiries as to why I wasn't allowed to shoot in a national park.   It was then that I discovered The Shooters and Fishers Party, who have two members in the legislative council in the NSW Parliament.  These guys have been fighting for over a decade to have hunting allowed in national parks, and only just recently in June 2012, they struck a deal with the Barry O'Farrell Coalition Government to expand the Game Council to incorporate national parks.

I was curious as to why it had taken so long, and why both major parties had been against it for so long.  Truth be told, guns are not popular in Australia.  People have an irrational fear of them and don't want to go down the path of America.  The Greens hate guns and believe only the police and military should have them.  This policy doesn't make a lot of sense to me, especially when you consider the damage introduced species do to our native flora and fauna.

Are the Greens genuinely green or are they watermelons?  Green on the outside but red in the middle?

My blog will explore this and other topics about guns over time.

Happy reading.