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.