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Byron Shire
May 22, 2024

National Rifle Association of America is a terrorist-support body

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If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and has feathers like a duck, it’s a duck. There seems to be some serious reluctance to characterise mass murder events in the USA as terrorist attacks.

Someone who kills large numbers of defenceless people at random is a terrorist. No matter what cause they use to justify their actions they are terrorists.

They don’t have to be ISIS, Al-Qa’ida, or any other type of Middle East fanatics, IRA operatives, or Farc gunmen.

Whether it be anti-gay, anti-country music, anti-school, or any other form of anti-ism, if it involves attempts to kill or maim people randomly it is terrorism.

If it’s revenge on a society that doesn’t give a person what that person believes is his/her rightful recognition it is terrorism. If it is an attempt to gain some kind of otherwise undeserved notoriety using terrorist methods it is terrorism.

If it shoots like a terrorist, plans and prepares like a terrorist, targets people like a terrorist, it’s a terrorist.

If it gives succour to a terrorist it’s a terrorist organisation and should be treated as such.

We are quick to condemn the Gadhafis the Saddams, the Iranians or the North Koreans as terrorist supporters. They supply arms and support to terrorist groups.

The National Rifle Association of America prevents the control of weapons which can only be used for terrorist purposes in a modern society (semi-automatic/ automatic assault rifles).

It is undoubtedly aiding and abetting the supply of the terrorist’s tools of trade in America. It behaves as a terrorist support organisation, it is a terrorist support organisation.

We can do nothing to heal American gun madness but we should take steps to protect ourselves from this disease. We should immediately:

  1. Declare the NRA of America a prohibited terrorist organisation.
  2. Prevent the executive and other spokesmen of the NRA entering our country in any type of official capacity.
  3. Require ASIO to keep NRA members entering Australia under surveillance.
  4. Immediately deport any NRA member attempting to progress NRA type agendas.

The time to take action is now, not when some radical citizen’s rights pressure group begins to agitate to make it legal for some nutcase to acquire machine guns for supposed self-protection.

Not when our kids lie broken and bleeding on our schoolroom floors or at some music, sporting or cultural event. It is coming to Australia, the elements are here now. Bikie Gang wars are a harbinger of the apocalypse.

Vince Kean, Murwillumbah

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  1. Terrorism, as defined in most dictionaries, is the attempt to change the government through the use of violence. The Nazis were terrorists, the Bolsheviks were terrorists, Al Qaeda are terrorists as are ISIS. Terrorism is a political act and is associated with anti government uprisings not mentally and emotionally disturbed teenagers out to create mayhem and slaughter. Charecterising every act of mass violence as terrorism is ridiculous and detracts from the root causes of mass shootings. The link between mass shooters, anti depressants and social isolation are clearly documented in many studies. No school mass shooter has ever presented a political manifesto as justification for their actions. None have been identfied as belonging to any known terrorist group. None have sated they want political change.
    Having said that, the proliferation and easy access of guns in the USA is a major contributing factor to these mass shootings and the writer is correct, The real terrorist group is the NRA as the writer rightfully states. Why? Because they use their political clout to undermine the policies of those in government to oppose them. The political manifesto of the NRA is embedded in their interpetaion of the American Constitution, which states that The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices. So the NRA’s interpretaion is wonky and self serving nonsense. Knowing this they lace it with paranoid nonsense such as the idea that governments are out to be tyrannical and their championing of gun ownership guarantees this will never happen. But can you see a militia, no matter how well armed, ever standing up against the US Armed forces and winning? By its very existence the NRA are a terrorist organistaion which enlists people based on their anti government manifesto supposedly protected by the US Constitution. This typifies the madness of gun owners in the USA. Australia does not have such guarantees or Constitutional right, it never will. We have the best gun laws in the world but it must be noted, as we have seen with the shootings like the Lindt Cafe shooting, a determined terrorist will get access to guns or whatever means deemed necessary to cause carnage, In Berlin and Nice they used trucks. In Israel they use kids wrapped in suicide vests. You do not need a gun to be a terrorist.

    • Mike,
      How big a role does social media play in the hands of carrying out an act of violence, either small or large scale?
      Since the majority of the globe has mobile towers in even the poorest of the countries apart from some isolated areas in the world. Is the inkling of terrorism/copycat/nutters like; Man Haron Monis in some ways connected to social media which feeds their compulsion to take action in a way that creates an act of violence/terrorism? Or is it that we are becoming more tribal in our political spheres and idealism?
      Whatever, all kinds of organisations that persuade political control of the people and undermine the democratic values we use to stand by seem to be at the cutting edge of our interactive human existence, apart from those that may not have the tools of the medium and only ‘word of mouth’ and the old adage; “1/4 what your read and 1/2 what you see” possible could be part of our skill set in determining fact and fiction.
      What have we learnt from the aftermath of the 2nd World War… the UN and how toothless they are, especially when you have in the Security Council countries like Russia and China that have no ‘human rights’ to gloat about, then you have the five nations in the security council that are the largest ‘arms’ dealers in the world.
      I’m not concerned about the minor factions anymore, it’s nations like the USA, China, Russia that are wheeling the sword to consider an all out war that no one will escape, apart from one other factual evidence; sustainability of water and food to allow the ever increasing population to exist? What will the powers to be do?

    • What a dirty slur on the parents and children of Israeli occupied Palestine. They are the victims of the Israeli Terrorist Force (ITF) whose snipers shoot kids through the head. Why don’t you read the confessions of Israel’s military veterans in Breaking the Silence (“Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000 – 2010”, Metropolitan Books, NY) instead of acting as an apologist for the Israeli Apartheid State? For your information, the number of Palestinian children killed by the ITF in 2016 was 35 and last year it was 14. This year they have already killed 3 children, which brings the total to 52 killed in 27 months. According to Wikipedia there were 4 suicide attacks against Israelis 2007 – 2016 which killed 4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_suicide_attacks).


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