Gun politics

So how are Australia’s restrictive gun laws helping stop criminals get guns?

So, Australia has vastly more restrictive gun laws. How’s that working out for them?

Not that well, by the looks of things. Criminals with guns. Drive-by shootouts.

It’s kind of hard to see how the gun laws are working. They haven’t stopped criminals getting or using firearms.

A bloody war between rival crime gangs is about to escalate following the execution of convicted killer and standover man Wally Ahmad at a Bankstown shopping centre yesterday.

Ahmad, 40, was shot dead outside the Crunch Fitness gym on the rooftop carpark of Bankstown Central in Sydney’s south when an unknown person opened fire just before midday.

Two others, including a 53-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and are both in a stable condition at Liverpool Hospital tonight.   Read more »

Irrational argument ignores reality of gun crime

It has started: the lobbying against guns by those who oppose them and want them banned or at least made harder to obtain. There is an enquiry on and the politics is well underway.

Of course the media party – who are too lazy to write their own stores – have started pimping anti-gun stories on behalf of the anti-gun loons. ​

Firstly, I acknowledge it must be horrific to lose a family member to a violent death. There is no question these sorts of actions taken by scumbags ruin lives.

But they also radicalise the survivors into polarised opinions; not always well informed and, whilst well meaning, they fail to grasp reality.

One thing for certain is that criminals who will commit to violence will do so with or without a gun. If it’s not a gun it’s going to be a knife.   Read more »

Does banning guns do anything?

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I’m not surprised that there are calls to ban guns this week after the Kawerau incident. Hordes of wowsers hate guns and want them to be gone forever. So, when I hear calls to ban guns, or certain types of guns, my eyes roll back in my head.

But does banning guns do anything?

I don’t think it does. In fact, it only gives rise to black market weapons, which is really the issue.

Think that banning guns will curb black market guns getting into crim hands? Then you are wrong there too.

In the Philippines the black market has learned how to manufacture guns from nothing but scrap metal. That’s even more likely to be a real prospect in the future as 3-D printing and, more realistically, CNC machines become cheap affordable tools that anyone can buy.   Read more »

Usual suspects pushing for gun control after Kawerau

The usual suspects are calling for tighter gun control law after the Kawerau shooting.

Between the Media party and politicians pushing agendas it is hard to get to the salient facts.

While the Kawerau siege ended peacefully, the alleged shooting of four police officers has raised the issue of whether cops need better access to firearms, as well as questions about New Zealand’s gun culture. Can anything be done to stop similar situations?

Who raised the issue? The Media party? Police? What gun culture?

This is just sensationalism by the Media party.

As alleged Kawerau gunman Rhys Warren was taken into policy custody, after an armed siege following the shooting of four police officers, it didn’t take long for relief over the lack of fatalities to develop into scrutiny of how the incident occurred. The Kawerau siege is the fifth police shooting in the last decade, and has raised some familiar questions without straightforward answers.

Do our police need guns on them at all times? Why are more criminals getting access to, and using, firearms? And what can be done to stop a similar shooting occurring?

The last major change to police firearms access came in 2012, when police were given access to a lock-box of firearms in every frontline car.

That decision followed two high-profile cases of police shootings: the Napier siege in 2009, when Jan Molenaar killed one police officer and seriously injured two others, and a 2010 Christchurch shooting where two police officers were injured and police dog Gage killed.

The Kawerau siege is not an ideal example for those pushing for easier police access to guns: the police shot were not unwitting constables taken by surprise, but members of the elite Armed Offenders Squad, sporting extensive training and body armour which saved their lives.

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Another ‘loophole’ claim busted

Politicians and media like to talk about ‘loopholes’ in laws.

Recently Heather du Plessis-Allan decided to prove a ‘loophole’ existed in New Zealand law to purchase a firearm. She then went ahead and broke at least 5 laws in procuring a firearm, including impersonating a police officer. But it was explained away as a loophole, despite the fact that not a single real incidence of this occurring before could be found in the records.

In the US, media and politicians have been promoting that people can easily buy automatic firearms at gun shows. Everyone from Obama down has made this claim and the idiot media have repeated it.

But it isn’t a loophole at all.

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The world’s greatest gun salesman boosts shares in gun stocks

Obama’s cry-baby speech about gun control has resulted in…more gun sales:

President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.

Gun manufacturers have seen their stocks climb in recent days as sales pick up.

Shares of Smith & Wesson jumped 11 percent Tuesday, to $25.86, when the president unveiled his new plan for expanding background checks on gun sales, while Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s stock climbed nearly 7 percent, to $65.54.

For gun-rights groups, the numbers serve to validate a long-running joke within the industry: Obama is the gun salesman of the year.

Not just of the year…of all time!

“President Obama has single-handedly done more to promote gun ownership than anyone else,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America.

“Gun owners are concerned, and they should be,” Pratt continued. “We see people running to gun stores to buy firearms and ammunition.

If Obama wants to ban it, they want to buy it,” he added.President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.   Read more »

Obama announces that more laws will stop criminals from breaking laws

The world’s greatest gun sales man is going to use executive actions to introduce new gun control laws.

He better get ready for a Supreme Court challenge by the NRA.

From the Oval Office Monday, President Obama, sitting alongside Attorney General Loretta Lynch, announced a new round of executive gun control actions he says are “well within my legal authority.”

The president assured that even the strictest Second Amendment-rights advocate would stand behind his proposals:

It is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress needs to act. What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen our enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The good news is, is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.   Read more »

Bob Harvey is an idiot

Bob Harvey, just back from troughing it up in Paris at our expense, has decided to start lobbying for tougher gun laws.

New Zealand needs tighter controls on gun ownership to prevent mass shootings like the Paris terror attacks, a former West Auckland mayor says.

Sir Bob Harvey, who was mayor of Waitakere City from 1992 to 2010, believes gun violence will “come like a bloody avalanche” to New Zealand if the Government doesn’t do more to control who can own firearms.

He was recently in Paris to attend the UN climate talks and was “deeply, deeply traumatised” by the memorials to the victims of the November attacks.

“The reality of it, to be there, just shatters you,” he said. “You think, how far away are we from this?”

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No suprises here: NRA more popular than Democrats

Truth Revolt reports:

The Democrats’ attempt to demonize America’s most prominent gun rights group doesn’t seem to be working. It apparently is vastly more popular than even the Dems’ two most prominent figures.

According to a new Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, while 35 percent said they have an unfavorable view, says Fox News.

Compare this to recent approval ratings for President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently announced that she would support tougher gun laws if elected President.

According to a Gallup Poll between Oct.19-21, just under 50 percent approve of Obama’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, in an NBC/Wall Street Journalsurvey of Americans taken Oct. 15-18, 39 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.   Read more »

Dirty Media meets Dodgy Unions, this time over gun control

So Radio Live host Duncan Garner and his TV3 co-host Heather Du Plessis-Allan have got a hold of a gun through mail order from Gun City. This is sure to propel to the front of the news a discussion around gun control and a whole lot of panic, to the detriment of rational conversation and law abiding gun owners.

Firstly if someone has obtained a gun illegally and have broken the law – they should be prosecuted just like everyone else would be. Journalists included.

There are good reasons for that suggestion. Firstly for the Police to prove that they are actually onto managing firearms offences when they occur and secondly to ensure the law isn’t mocked by inaction. Inaction on this example surely points the finger of blame back on the Police for not doing enough about it. Nobody can rightfully whinge about guns getting into the wrong hands when the Police won’t take the law seriously and prosecute law breakers.

I also note that the point made by journalists in this instance is grossly undermined if they are not themselves charged. You can’t cry wolf about gun laws and then when you break those laws – expect not to be prosecuted.

The Police have no choice but to prosecute the journalists concerned.

But I wish to make another more pertinent point about why this topic is even in the news.

Police Association president Greg O’Connor was quick to get on the radio after this story broke on Radio Live and state that there is a big issue with guns in NZ.

But Greg has been working hard lately to get all Police officers armed with Glock pistols. Rather than carry Glocks in the squad cars he wants Glocks on the hips of every cop. Greg claimed that thugs are increasingly obtaining guns illegally and thus cops need to also be armed.    Read more »