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Nats caving in to gun lobby

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I express my concern at the support that the Nationals are giving to the lifting of import restrictions on the lever action shotgun.

There could only be one reason. Support of the weapons industry.  Shades of the power of the gun lobby in the USA.

This weapon could well end up in the hands of a demented individual in a shopping centre and result in multiple deaths.

The dangers of misuse far outweigh the needs of any individual to fire off more rounds in a short space of time.

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  1. I haven’t shot at any animal since I went rabbiting , unsuccessfully, on the Raywood’s farm near the Bay in the sixties. As such I am not familiar with the gun in question, nor how good or how dangerous it is, and I do not know the detail of how it fits into current gun control measures. But notwithstanding my lack of technical qualification I think I can suggest there are other more plausible reasons than support of the weapons industry that explain why the Nats would support allowing this shotgun. Is it not more credible that some of its supporters want to use this gun for hunting or pest control or to impress their mates? And are they not doing what they should do in a democracy – pressure their local members. I understand the Government is reviewing the gun control question which seems a reasonable thing in the light of technological change and the dangerous spread of illegal firearms. Rather than attributing fanciful motives to the Nats we should continue to affirm the Government in its avowed wish to continue to ban the most dangerous weapons.

  2. The problem is the Liberal establishments tendency to try to sneak unpopular policies in through the back door. We are all too aware of their attempts to undermine medicare by chipping away at the edges of medicare to cause it to become inoperable. They know that dismantling medicare would be electoral suicide and do not have the courage to take the debate on honestly. This looks like a similar attempt to undermine the gun laws by stealth. Who needs this shotgun? Really no one needs it, the suggestion that pig shooters desperately need a 5/7 shot repeating shotgun for pig control is ludicrous. Shotguns are short range weapons suitable for birds and small game but hardly suitable for rapidly dispersing pigs, which are notoriously tough. I would not like to be in a group of pig shooters blazing away in all directions with weapons which are deadly at short ranges.
    Imagine the havoc a shooter with such a weapon could cause in a crowded street, sporting event, or subway. If blokes want to impress their mates let them spend the money on penis enhancement and then do it in the change rooms or the public toilets in the traditional fashion.


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