Senator Dickward – just in case

Posted: December 18, 2014 in Ranting
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Some of my North American friends find it hard to believe that here in Australia we have damned tight gun controls. While we were never quite the gun culture of the US, you used to be able to get pretty much anything. Bit by bit this was nibbled away at by various governments. However in April 1996, things were taken to a new level. One Martin Bryant went to the historic remains of the Port Arthur penal colony, a popular tourist destination in the island state of Tasmania. There he pulled out a range of weapons including quasi-military grade ones, opening fire at random on the tourists. His shooting spree resulted in 35 dead and 23 wounded. Bryant was later put in prison for 35 life sentences with no possibility of parole.

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Prime Minister John Howard

In a direct response to the Port Arthur massacre, Prime Minister John Howard wasted little time in putting together a formidable package of firearm controls, greatly restricting access and setting up a massive buy-back amnesty. Statistics and analysis have repeatedly shown this resulted in a significant decrease in crimes involving firearms.

Jump forward to this week in 2014. An armed man burst into a coffee shop in the Sydney CBD, taking staff and customers hostage. A black flag with writing on it in Arabic script was held up against the window. Some sections of the media as well as others who should have known better, immediately jumped to the conclusion that this was something to do with ISIS or jihad. Finally somebody thought to actually ask someone who spoke Arabic and they confirmed that it was the standing Islamic expression of faith: “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The siege started on Tuesday morning, coming to an end in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Five hostages escaped during the day. But at the end of things, the store manager attempted to grab the man’s weapon only to be shot dead. Another hostage was killed and several others injured by the time security forces reacted to the sound of weapon fire and entered the building.

Despite early fears to the contrary, this was not a coordinated extremist attack. The gunman, Man Haron Monis, was a violent and probably mentally disturbed individual, on bail following various violent charges including something like 40 charges of sexual assault. It was a ‘lone wolf’ stunt.

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Senator David Leyonhjelm aka Senator Dickwad

The day after the start of the siege, many people were in mourning for those killed and harmed during the siege. However it was at that time that Senator David Leyonhjelm of the minor (miniscule?) Liberal Democrat party, rather crassly decided to use this as an opportunity to push for fewer gun controls. According to this idiot, if we had fewer gun access controls in Australia “Statistically speaking” in those jurisdictions, “one or two of the victims” would have had a concealed gun. In other words, he would have preferred a situation where anyone can carry a concealed firearm on their person in order to shoot down any other crazed gunmen. In fact not ‘can’ carry but he ‘wants’ people to be carrying concealed weapons…just in case.

Good call, Senator Dickwad. And you’ll also no doubt be quite happy to see men having a couple of drinks too many down the pub and pulling out their concealed firearms to blow the head off someone else in a dispute about which horse won the fifth race at Flemington. Because Senator Dickwad wants people to be armed – just in case. Of course having achieved his aim, Senator Dickwad would no doubt deny this made it easier for extremist groups to arm themselves. And by pursing his own logic, Senator Shitforbrains would also not be complaining about disgruntled voters in his electorate pulling out their concealed weapons in a flash of angst about him being frankly bloody useless. Because Senator Dickwad wants people to be armed – just in case.

Sensitivity of the comment? FAIL

Timing of the comment? FAIL

Common sense? FAIL

Senator Leyonhjelm has exercised his implied right to free speech (contrary to what many believe, we do not have an explicit Constitutional right to free speech in Australia). And now I am exercising the same by declaring Senator Leyonhjelm is, in my opinion, a moronic idiot.

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