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Imagine my joy and delight when on Sunday afternoon I retired to one of my favourite spots in the far corner of Torakina Park, Brunswick Heads, and soon after settling down, found myself in the midst of a raging gun battle!

It seems that the better part of the park had become the setting for about 10 youths to rove and sneak around in the bushes playing out their war game fantasies.

It seems that our 25-year-olds have been provided with laser-electronic guns which take the place of paintball guns (they called it laser tag).

Maybe you too will someday soon be blessed by such an experience!

I’m not against people playing out their warrior energies in a benign fashion, and I can confirm that these chaps were friendly and harmless, but I do wish that they would play their game (with the audio simulation of gunfire which issues from these devices when fired) to another place.

A regular diet of this would leave Torakina useless to me for relaxation.

Brian Emmett
, Myocum

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. This is just another example of the insidious normalisation of violence in our sicko society of wannabe warriors. 25 years old you say? You would think these imbeciles would have grown up by then but you see this infantile behaviour from the very top of our society, like the cretins who people the parliaments right down to the coppers who seem to think it OK to murder people under protection of the laws and their union. The overt influence of the American death cult has swept right across the globe now and has its epitome in the slaughter houses of the middle east where US arms manufacturers make billions on the dead bodies of countless hundreds of thousands of people who , like you and me, really just want to live in peace. You should report these idiots tot he police for breaking the peace. I would.

  2. Most laser games are conducted indoors or in designated areas. Below are some links to related issues.

    Today the major challenge is that all States and Territories have agreed through the ministerial council for emergency services and police department to implement nationally consistent rules for the definition and treatment of imitation firearms. However, as is very common, each jurisdiction has or is planning to implement the agreement differently. The result is that some models which are legal in one State may be doubtful in another State. The most obvious example is the Commando. The Commando does not have any of barrel for a bullet, is boxy in construction with a science fiction theme. This model is generally deemed not to require a permit throughout Australia, but does need one in NSW.
    http://www.battlefieldsports.com/news/is-it-a-replica-or-is-it-a-phaser

    ew South Wales:

    Laser pointers are hand held, battery operated devices designed or adapted to emit a laser beam that may be used for the purposes of aiming, targeting or pointing. In recent times, some members of the public have acted irresponsibly by directing the laser beam into the cabins of motor vehicles and the cockpits of aircraft. This reckless practice can blind drivers and pilots and has the potential to cause significant loss of life.

    To put a stop to such behaviour, the Government has made it an offence for anyone to have a laser pointer in their custody in a public place or to use a laser pointer in a public place without a reasonable excuse. If a police officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting that you are in possession of a laser pointer in a public place, they may search you, confiscate the laser and commence legal action.

    The NSW Police Force understands that people use laser pointers for legitimate purposes and that some people need to carry their laser pointers around with them. For example, some teachers and builders use laser pointers in their jobs and need to carry them to and from their workplaces. Low powered laser pointers will continue to be available for such uses. Other people carry lasers to pursue hobbies such as astronomy. Rest assured that if you have a reasonable excuse for carrying your laser, then there will not be a problem.

    New legislation also restricts who can possess and/or use laser pointers with a power level of greater than one milliwatt. From 18 July 2008 you will require a permit to possess or use such a laser pointer, unless an exemption applies to you. To apply for a permit, you will need to contact the Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 or visitwww.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/firearms/prohibited_weapon_permits. Permits will only be issued to applicants who have a genuine reason for having such a device. For example, that the laser pointer is required for the type of business/employment in which you are engaged.

    Note that you will not need to obtain a permit to possess/use a laser pointer with a power level greater than one milliwatt if you are a member of an approved astronomical organisation.
    http://www.ozlasers.com/australian-laser-laws

  3. Hi Bob,

    Hey, your statement:

    “The overt influence of the American death cult has swept right across the globe now and has its epitome in the slaughter houses of the middle east where US arms manufacturers make billions on the dead bodies of countless hundreds of thousands of people who , like you and me, really just want to live in peace.”

    Time for a LITTLE FACT-CHECKING HERE BEFORE YOU GO THROWING ROCKS AT THE NEIGHBOURS WINDOWS:

    Largest 20 Arms Exporting Nations 2014:
    1. USA
    2. Russia
    3. Germany
    4. China
    5. France
    6. United Kingdom
    7-18: misc other countries
    19. Uzbekistan
    20. AUSTRALIA!

    OK so OZ is #20… Good on us for making the list for such a small country!

    Now, let’s look at IMPORTS (remember-there’s not a lot of ‘private ownership’ of firearms here…
    1. India
    2. China
    3. Pakistan
    4. United Arab Emirates
    5. Saudi Arabia
    6. USA
    7. AUSTRALIA!

    Pretty good appetite for weapons eh Bob…I mean, coming in at #8?

    When all else fails, blame it on the Yanks…

    Regards.

  4. Can’t see what anything you wrote has anything to do with what I wrote Mark. I know who the major gun manufacturers and exporters are. My main point is that the USA has a culture of violence throughout their society from their ultra violent movies to video games and even their more benign survivalist and demeaning Big Brother dumbo TV reality shows and associated cultural rubbish. So yes I blame the yanks, they are an insidious cultural imperialist nation that has dominated Australia since WWII culturally and economically. And they have spread their death cult all over the planet. So whatever point you were trying to make is pointless unless of course you’re a gun dealer motivated by self interest..or maybe one of these idiots running around a public park pretending to be soldiers while ruining other people’s amenity and peace and quiet. If you want to play pop guns go somewhere isolated and family free. Maybe the Simpson desert.

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