Greens MP embarks on guns tour of Trump’s America


Greens MP David Shoebridge will be beginning a trip to Trump’s America today to discuss gun control policies, compare the two countries’ gun lobbies and what it might all mean under a Trump Administration.

While Australia is considered by many the envy of the world when it comes to gun control laws, there is a growing and disturbing gun culture in Australia that is perpetuated by a growing number of pro-gun MP’s in Parliaments across the country.

In Austin, Denver, Baltimore, Washington, New York and Boston David will be meeting with politicians, academics, emergency services personnel, victims and families, and gun control advocates. An itinerary is available on request.

Greens MP and Gun Control Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“We have seen Shooters MP’s frequently visit the United States to pick up campaigning tools and import the US gun lobby’s rhetoric into Australia.

“The big lie from the US is that the only cause of gun violence is criminals and poor mental health however all the evidence suggests otherwise.

“Australian gun laws are the envy of the world, but with pro-gun MP’s in Parliaments across the country we have seen consistent efforts to water down our gun control laws.
“Whether it is the importation of the Adler shotgun, the introduction of silencers or the return of duck hunting, we have seen deal after deal delivering for the Australian gun lobby.

“In 1996 Australia responded with political courage to the Port Arthur massacre where 35 people died. It was an unimaginable tragedy, but a turning point in our gun control laws with a gun buyback and the National Firearms Agreement.

“With America suffering countless mass shootings, 352 just this year, it is essential to see firsthand how the dangerous US gun lobby is stopping US legislators from acting.

“The US gun lobby has targeted Australia’s gun laws as their prime international enemy because they can see how effective they are. This is a chance for a reality check given the fact that Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than people in comparable countries.

“With new figures suggesting that there are more guns than people in the United States, we will be meeting with politicians, academics, emergency services personnel, victims and families, and gun control advocates to see how they got to this point and where to go from here.” Mr Shoebridge said.

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2 Responses to Greens MP embarks on guns tour of Trump’s America

  1. Jake November 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    If our laws were so successful why was the Lindt Cafe siege performed with an illegally owned, never registered, category C firearm?
    Why has New Zealand not had a massacre since 1997 and yet still are able to own semi automatic Centrefire firearms (think AR-15) and pump action shotguns?
    Why do higher amounts of gun crime happen in more tightly regulated states?
    There are holes in your plans and it is still one of the biggest sticking points for me when it comes to the Greens. Stop focusing on legally owned firearms. Target illegal importation and manufacturing and never compare Australia to the US. Our welfare, healthcare and general demeanour as a nation are far better.
    You are more likely to be bashed or stabbed to death than to be shot in the US. Let’s take the emotional scare campaign out of it and get down to the grass root issues of the problem. If the Greens have an issue with hunting then let that be the platform for the argument and leave the guns out of it (I still wouldn’t support your view).
    Any that’s enough out of me. Feel free to google any of the stuff I’ve written it is all out there. Get informed before you comment on the topic.


  2. George M Haggard December 1, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    It is NOT Trump’s America yet! We are still under the reign of the Tyrant Obama, and we are fighting to maintain our civil rights! We have a constitution and Obama has been allowed to violate it with Draconian executive orders! Soon (Jan.20th) we will be in Trump’s America, but until then ALL the problems we have here are due to Obama’s incompetence and his hatrid for our culture and our country!