"Graeme Wood did not think he would be the only well-off person helping fund a national advertising campaign for the Greens at the 2010 federal election. The Wotif.com director and founder, worth an estimated $372 million according to BRW's Rich List, knew there was frustration in business circles at the failure of both major parties to tackle climate change, and he knew a few wealthy people sympathetic to the Greens' cause. . ." (6th. January 2012) ― The Greens are not our friends. CLASS calls on all shooters to boycott Wotif. Go elsewhere to make your travel arrangements.
"Katter's Australian Party (KAP) is seeking a court injunction to stop the printing of election ballot papers that refer to it as The Australian Party. KAP says it has applied to Queensland's Supreme Court for the injunction because it wants to be known as Katter's Australian Party. . ."
A veto by one permanent member is enough to sink a resolution. On February 4, two veto-wielders, Russia and China, banded together to vote against a resolution that provided for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to step aside, halt a ruthless crackdown on dissidents, and begin a transition to democracy. Assad saw the veto as a green light to crack down even harder. A week before the vetoes, the U.N. estimated the death toll at 5,400. [...] On February 28, it was revised to more than 7,500, the result of a merciless artillery and tank bombardment of the central city of Homs. . . " Governments and criminals kill people not law-abiding firearm owners.
"(Police Commissioner Mal) Hyde will leave the role after 15 years when his current contract expires on July 20 this year. Police Minister Jennifer Rankine confirmed yesterday the State Government would advertise nationally to fill the role. In a message to police employees, Mr Hyde yesterday said he recently informed Ms Rankine he would not seek an extension of his current contract, which ends on July 20. . ." Read comments: Hyde is not popular. ... What cop is?
"A search of a car in which a man was shot dead by police in Cheshire has not located any weapons, according to the police watchdog. Two guns were fired in the operation which ended with the death of Anthony Grainger, 36, from Bolton, in Culcheth on Saturday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The tyres of the car were shot at twice and he was shot once in the chest. . ." It's all happened before. Read more below ....
"When Harry Stanley decided to help his brother repair a broken table on 22 September 1999, he began a chain of events that was to end with his death. Walking home with the table leg wrapped in a plastic bag that afternoon, he decided to stop off at a Hackney pub. By the time he left, someone had called the police to report an Irishman with a gun wrapped in a bag. The 46-year-old Scotsman was shot dead just yards from his home, by 'marksmen' who 'thought' he was pointing a gun at them. . ." Some "marksmen"---Pshaw!
"Knife Rights, America's premiere organization dedicated to defending the right to own and use knives and edged tools, today announced the launch of its 2012 Ultimate Steel™ Knives, Guns & More Spectacular - a unique fundraiser offering participants the chance to win incredible prizes including one-of-a-kind knives, firearms, gear, and more . . ."
Crims behaving badly #25--"An innocent bystander was struck in the neck by a shotgun pellet during a drug-related drive-by shooting at Elizabeth Grove. The man was in the front yard of a house, two doors down from the targeted property on Sampson Rd, when the shotgun was fired in his direction just before midnight on Thursday. He was taken to hospital but . . ." It's only a matter of time before an innocent bystander is killed, but "Unremitting harassment" of gun owners seems to be the only idea police have. RELATED >>> "Gun owners are not the enemy (They're not criminals either)"
"Exiled top cop Sir Ken Jones has launched a blistering attack on the policies of former chief commissioners Christine Nixon and Simon Overland. He blasted their management-by-committee style as "bizarre" and "just awful". Chief Commissioner Ken Lay also used the Rush inquiry to criticise Ms Nixon's decision to form a corporate committee of more than 25 senior managers to run the force. . ." RELATED: >>> Comments on this story -- Scroll down to 'reader comments.'
"Police have established a crime scene at an industrial property in Moorebank after a suspected shooting incident overnight. . ."
Taken all in all, though some may disagree, the police do a fine job, but they need a new strategy to fight armed crime. (Here’s a radical thought: Concentrate on the bad guys!) A policy of "unremitting harassment" of legal owners will not stop gun crime in Victoria. Nor, unfortunately, will the gun registry. If it did, shooters would support it and only few do. The time is long overdue for the registry to be scrapped in all states. Howard's gun laws (1996) have resulted in a rise in armed crime regardless of spin to the contrary. Class knows of no instance where the registry has been shown to have have helped solve a crime involving a firearm. We hope we are wrong, but we fear not. It also ties up police man-power. it has become a crutch for police to lean on, an article of faith against which there can be no argument. Victoria is not the only state indulging in harassment of gun owners: other states are doing it as well. It’s much easier then chasing criminals, we do not blame police for wanting an easy life, it is much less dangerous. But it is they who regard themselves as "protectors” of the public and jealously guard that view-point against all who dare question it. RELATED>>> Sign the E-petition to stop amendments to NSW Weapons Act.
Crims behaving badly #24--"NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher says "This is an incredibly tragic event for his loved ones, for his workmates and indeed for the state of New South Wales," he said. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has arrived in Tamworth and says his prayers are with Senior Constable Rixon's wife Fiona and six children. "A number of firearms have been recovered but at this stage we're still piecing it together," he said. "Every Highway Patrol in this state has in-car video and that's what we will be relying on and hopefully it will tell us a lot of what we need to know. . ." RELATED>>> Officer was a devoted father of six, and a veteran of 20 years service in the NSW Police.
"Looking north across the border, American gun owners may well see the fall of Canada’s long-gun registry with relief. This, after all, lessens the odds that the anti-gun movement will be successful in its attempt to install a gun-owners database in the U.S. However, before American gun owners forget about Canada all over again, there’s an incredible story here not being told outside Ottawa political circles that needs to be heard by every American who cherishes their freedom. . ." Good going. Canuck gun owners.
Crims behaving badly #23: "Police are hunting for three men who walked into a Townsville pub with a samurai sword and a knife. Police said three men entered the Vale Hotel on Ross River Rd about 6.45pm on Friday. Two men, described as being of indigenous appearance, were brandishing weapons as they walked into the hotel's bistro. A third man of caucasian appearance was not armed. . ." •
Should I Buy a Gun? After falling victim to a string of traumatic crimes, (reporter) Amanda Fortini considers a controversial means of protection. "One afternoon four years ago, my then boyfriend strides into the den where I’m reading a book and shows me a gun. A metallic silver handgun still wrapped in its original plastic, it lies there, impotent, in a small metal lock box, but it terrifies me anyway . . ." H/T to D.G. for this story. Submitter's comment: "One of the best stories I have read on self defence."
"Neighbours have told of their horror at hearing gun shots then a car speeding off yesterday morning, days after a weekend murder in Preston. Police are at a house in Ambon St Preston where two shots were fired at a gate and parked car about 5am. . ."
"Local Labor state MPs say they would welcome Kevin Rudd back on the campaign trail as they fight to hold their seats in the March 24 Queensland election. The Member for Griffith, who lost his Labor leadership challenge against Prime Minister Julia Gillard 71-31, told the South-East Advertiser he had no intention of quitting federal politics and intended to contest the seat of Griffith for Labor at the next federal election. . ."
"George Soros has donated more than $8 billion globally to his Open Society Foundations. Couple that with decades of investing around the world and it would be easy to assume Soros in a figure of global popularity. Only he isn’t. He’s almost the polar opposite. Soros made headlines recently warning of increased economic problems, the growth of Occupy Wall Street and government repression . . ." A bit rich coming from someone trying to remake the world in his own image.
A call to register Axes and crowbars has been made by the National Association to control Axes and Crowbars (NATCAC). "Two men are on the run after robbing a NSW north coast hotel using an axe and a crowbar. The men walked into a tavern at the hotel, which is on the Pacific Highway at Ballina, and approached three staff about 10am (AEDT) on Sunday. . ."
"And so it all went pretty much as expected. Prime Minister Julia Gillard emerged from the Labor leadership ballot this morning with a emphatic win, 71 votes to 31. Kevin Rudd’s brazen challenge was too short. After “officially” nominating himself as a challenger only on Friday, Rudd was unable to get the numbers he needed quickly enough. While much of the next week will be taken up with Labor heavyweights claiming the party can put the mess behind it, get a fresh start, draw a line in the sand and unify. . ."
"A man has died in hospital after being shot in a Melbourne driveway. It is believed a verbal tussle may have triggered the daylight shooting in the inner northern suburb of Preston. Police say the 35-year-old had been visiting his family before a single shot was fired into his chest around 11am (AEDT) on Saturday. He died seven hours later. Insp David Watt said the victim was known to police. . ." RELATED>>> Man charged with murder over Preston driveway shooting
"Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham has been disciplined for improperly storing his firearm in his police cruiser, which he did just before a news conference Friday in which he admitted the department had misplaced a cache of riot gear including a Remington shotgun. Graham admitted Wednesday that he left his service pistol holstered under the seat of his unmarked car, parked in the department's secure underground parkade, while he spoke to the media about the "unacceptable'' disappearance of equipment from the crowd management unit. . ." It's BS, who disciplined the chief?
"A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing four guns from a police station in the state's mid north. The robbery at the Balaklava police station happened about 4.30am today. . ." Two rifles of .303 calibre were stolen, a .22-calibre rifle and a slug gun. Hat-tip to S.D. for this story. What were the storage arrangements? We can imagine the fuss if they were stolen from a licensed shooter-- improper storeage charges springs to mind, although some country cops are more under-standing than city police who sometimes view shooters as potential criminals. RELATED>>> Police chief disciplined for ''improperly stored firearm''
Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago. . ." Woodrow Wilson, who is mentioned in the article, said to Billy Hughes at the Versailles conference, Mr. Prime Minister, I speak for 100 million living Americans. to which Billy Hughes is said to have replied: Mr. President, I speak for 60,000 dead Australians (the number of Australians who died fighting in The Great War.) RELATED>>> Click here for Part 2 of this story. H/T to D.G. for this item.
"Though the United States and Great Britain are comparable in many ways, the issue of gun rights has not only colored these countries’ shared history, but it has also sent our nations on two divergent paths, with telling results. The story of America’s independence from Great Britain is the story of a people armed against tyranny and threats of violence. . ." RELATED>>> Part 2 of above story: Looters interviewed in London described their criminal activities as “great fun.”
"Russell Mark has seen it all and wants more. The 46-year-old, five-time Olympian is aiming to make a sixth appearance in shooting at the London Games. Mark's performances in the past six months have just about guaranteed him the one place available in the double trap competition. He is confident of his position and that has allowed him to plan carefully. "I'm not going to the Olympics to collect pins, I'm there to try and win it and the process really has started now," he said. . ."
Environment Minister Paul Caica announced on Monday that the duck and quail hunting seasons would begin next month. Hunters will be allowed to bag 12 ducks or 25 quail per day. . ." The RSPCA claims duck hunting is banned in NSW and QLD, but they're wrong shooting ducks on the rice-fields (duck mitigation) goes on all year long. In QLD, Vote for Katter's Australian Party. Who knows you might even have the ABC's Kerry O'Brien claim it's the "shooters' party" as he did with another party that he didn't like during the SA state election some years ago.
"Bob Katter is a big target in a big hat. The maverick federal MP and his fledgling political outfit are favourites among the urbane city set for derision and ridicule. But to write off Katter's Australian Party is to ignore the diversity and voting history of the Queensland electorate. It also misses the point about the positive influence Katter is having on the 2012 campaign. The city cynicism Katter is copping has, partly at least, been brought on by himself. His claim that he can win this election demands derision. . ." Derision? Good grief, is that the best Katter's opponents can come up with?
'It has come to our attention that Arms Trade Treaty proponents are attempting to change the rules mid-stream, prior to the upcoming Treaty negotiations in early July. Ted R. Bromund, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, alerted the public to the very real possibility that ATT proponents are changing the meaning of the term “consensus” and to the political ramifications for the US if ATT proponents prevail. Until now, “consensus” has been understood by the US and others to mean 100-percent agreement with all the provisions of the ATT. . ." Australia's UN delegation is one that supports the rule change. Swamp your local MP with protest letters. A rule of thumb says that for every letter received, there are another 250 people who did not write for one reason or another.
"A 30-year-old Ashford man has been arrested for carrying a fake firearm and an offensive weapon. Police were called to a street in Plympton after reports were received of a man armed with a replica pistol. He was also charged with carrying an offensive weapon, a knife. . ." The moral is: Don't upset the neighbours ... they'll dob you in. 0903