OBAMA WANTS A BLACK MARKET IN GUNS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
“Road accidents kill more Americans than terrorists”, said Obama, again determined to play down Islamic terrorism in the wake of yet another school massacre. Gun crimes kill more Americans than um... well, if you include 9/11 and Obama’s "workplace incidents” it’s less than 4,000 Americans who have died on home soil at the hands of terrorists compared to almost 10,000 violent gun deaths so far this year. That’s sort of correct Mr President, but 7,500 of those 10,000 were suicides.
Road fatalities (which, per capita, are around the same as ours) amount to 34,000 per annum. So stop comparing apples to apricots and start dealing with things that can be changed! The 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) can never be changed because the NRA and the Republicans will always pack more punch than the Democrats.
I mean what better way to top yourself than with a bullet to the brain? One would think it’s very quick and practically painless! So if Obama was able to do a Howard and rid America of most of its guns (Howard confiscated 650,000 of them) then fewer deaths would result from guns! Right? Of course that’s right... and if you confiscate knives, fewer people would die from stabbings, if you confiscate motor vehicles there would be fewer deaths from road accidents!
Youths’ weapon of choice is now a knife. Practically every hood with his jeans around his knees and displaying the latest brand of underpants, packs a knife!
But what about all those poor bastards who need to top themselves? Don’t they have rights too? I mean they made up three quarters of all gun deaths and now, without guns, they are forced to resort to scary bridges or ropes or poisons and things!
Of the five people I have known to commit suicide in the past few years only one was able to get hold of a gun! The others had a rather uncomfortable death.
When anti-terrorism squads earlier this year told cartoonist Bill Leak and myself we were booked to be beheaded by someone called Australi, I found it almost impossible to get hold of a hand gun... no help from the police, I was supposed to defend my family with a seven iron.
I was charged $4,000 on the black market for a similar hand gun that cost me $80 in South Africa. Everyone owns a gun there. And Australia’s six separate Security Agencies, umpteen different police squads and the AFP, who are all competing for budget allocations, dare not talk to each other or share any information... therefore it took a lone newspaper reporter to locate the source of the threat who is now in an American slammer.
So, Howard created a new black market in guns all right and, post Port Arthur, how many gun deaths per year, per 100,000 of population do you reckon there are now in Australia? The answer is around one, (or a total of 230) compared to the US 10 and Venezuela 60. Port Arthur’s 35 deaths in 1996 were a bump for one year only.
Howard claims his moratorium caused a substantial drop in gun deaths. True, but this “drop” was coming off a miniscule base anyway and 74% of his statistic was due to the drop in suicides, leaving figures approximately what they were prior to Port Arthur, and an awful lot of people choosing more nasty ways of suiciding, including suicide by cop.
The figure of three and a half thousand licensed hand guns in Australia right now would be swamped by the black market firearms on the streets of Western Sydney.
The one inescapable statistic is this: Ban guns and only baddies will get them leaving the goodies with only seven irons for protection.