AHP #144 – The Everyday Hunter With Kirk Yatras

Young shooter and hunter Kirk Yatras joined me for an Everyday Hunter podcast while I was visiting my family for xmas in QLD. We went to a local pub called the Mon Komo in Redcliffe for a meal and discussion on firearms and we sat down to discuss guns and shooting in person.

Kirk discusses his thoughts and opinions on:

  • Why he loves hunting and shooting
  • Working with Firearms Owners United
  • What he favourite guns are
  • What disciplines he shoots why
  • Who he votes for and why
  • What our representatives can do better to represent our interests

There’s more, but we’ll let you discover it as you listen to this new episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast.

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AHP #108 – Straight Shooting

AHP108 - Straight ShootingJason and Muzz return to the Straight shooting podcast, the first of 2016. We have lots of topics to cover in the shooting community to cover. It is going to be another big year for shooters rights with the pending NFA review coming in April 2016.

Jason and Muzz discuss;

  • Police Minister Troy Grant in defence of law abiding shooters
  • Robert Borsaks Sky News interview with Richo
  • Muzz review on his new Adler
  • Listeners voicemails and emails
  • Apathetic Shooter segment and Facebook anti gun comments
  • News and current affairs in the shooting community
  • The presidential race in the USA and who is pro gun

There’s more, but we’ll let you discover it as you listen to this new episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast.

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How Many Anti’s Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb – The Adler & The Inquiry

NioaWritten by By A.W.Jones

As we close out a year that has been packed with political drama, shenanigans, grandstanding and turmoil, it may be time to reflect and take stock of the gains our community has reaped and what we stand to lose in 2016.

Our detractors; the Greens, Gun Control Australia, “Dr” Phillip Alpers, the Honourable Michael Keenan and assorted other politicians of all political stripes looking for a quick sound bite, a few more votes and a quote in the news media, have by all accounts had a fairly decent spanking from pro gun groups and politicians in this country.

The controversy over the Adler shotgun was but a storm in a tea cup compared to what we will be facing next year on the 20th anniversary of Port Arthura. And don’t let the small victories and the blatant incompetence of our opposition fool you.  Sooner or later they might actually get their proverbial brown stuff together and launch a co-ordinated campaign against the LAFOS of this country, but enough doom and gloom for now and lets look at the previous year.

The Greens led senate inquiry into gun violence in 2014/15 was intended to be a serious blow to the shooting community in this country, fortunately this was not the outcome.  Through the efforts of Senator David Leyonhjelm, The Shooters and Fishers Party, SSAA, dealers and industry groups and several thousand un-named yet no less important firearms enthusiasts all making submissions and testifying before the committee. This blatant attempt to link the law abiding with the criminal world was shot down. In fact the chair person and greens senator from South Australia, Penny Wright, looked an utter fool and stepped down due to a family illness. The skeptic in me doubts a few things in the press release but regardless of what happened in the party room, post spanking, one down, lots to go.

The Adler shot gun controversy; I really am struck dumb, actually no I’m not, I have a bucket full to say about this saga of stupidity, lies and outright mis-information and bigotry.  After what can only be described as the most successful advertising campaign in the history of Australian Firearms Sales, Nioa Trading attracted the ire and outrage of such political heavyweights including; David Shoebridge, Tim Fischer, Michael Keenan and a host of silly anti gun side kicks like Samantha Lee and Roland Brown. The Adler was a public relations bonanza for both Nioa, and the anti’s.

You might ask ” But Tony, how was all the negative publicity good for Nioa?”  as a famous hack once said – “any publicity is good publicity”.

Proof positive of this publicity, at last count over 12 thousand alders are on back order, which means I might get mine in time for Christmas 2020 if I’m lucky, but I’m content to wait.

Despite the outright lies, scare tactics and accusations of political favouritism, some absolutely positively stunning Homer Simpson moments from Shoebridge, Tim Fischer and Samantha Lee, all broadcast on live tv and a deal cut by several pro-gun senators. Bob Katter spoke up in favour of the Adler (for those of you who missed it, Rob Nioa is Katter’s son in law) and now the people friendly (5 shot) version has been allowed into the country. Not a complete victory but its a start, beware, this fight is not over yet.

The unfortunate side effects of this extremely public and well covered (I use the term to demonstrate the amount of print space and air time used, not the quality of the journalism involved in the coverage) bun fight are; the ignorant and the press have been given another opportunity to demonise inert objects and those that use them for legal sport and recreation activities. After watching Samantha Lee babble her way through a list of “facts” on the evil death dealing, almost semi automatic, civilisation destroying, terrorist sponsored Adler at the recent ‘MASSIVE RALLY’ in Sydney (1 green, 2 GCA reps, a few NSW staffers, 3 special guest speakers that were used shamelessly, and the media ) all it took was 3 law abiding firearm owners to de-bunk Ms Lee’s and David Shoebridge’s rabid rhetoric. Well done to those men!

So, where do we stand now? At this point we have a thriving and vibrant shooting community in Australia, what we need is unity and a single vision.

Our diversity could very well be our un-doing.  We need to come together as a community no matter what your passion. Whether it be hunting, competition shooting, fishing, four wheel driving or trail bike riding, all these things are under threat. As shooters we have a responsibility to act in a manner that represents our sport/pastime in a favourable light. Yes there are yahoo’s out there, you get that in any section of the community as a whole, but as a whole we need to be seen as a group that behaves as responsible members of society. I remember in 1996, hearing the words “what do you need a semi for?” when the call to ban semi automatic rifles and pump action shotguns came about. Even now I still hear this from individuals within our community, and my response to this is  “why do you need a 30 thousand dollar shotgun or a 6 thousand dollar competition handgun?”

I’LL TELL YOU WHY- BECAUSE THE TOOL FITS THE TASK!!! EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT OWNS A FIREARM IS UNDER THREAT, THAT IS THE HONEST NO HOLDS BARRED TRUTH!

What we need is a single focus between firearms owners, dealers and lobby groups, give them the mandate the money and the support to take the fight from behind closed doors and into the mainstream.

What can you do to help? The single best way to fight this is votes and numbers, more numbers equals more votes.  Currently we represent about 3.5-4% of the population of this great country and every person that takes up sport or recreation shooting is another potential vote for those that will support us long term.

In the short term write, email and meet with your local politicians, they were elected to represent YOU, call them out, make them work for their money, especially the short timers that aren’t yet eligible for the golden parachute . Yes, at times it feels futile but don’t lose heart, make your submissions, send your emails and make those phone calls. Be polite and de-bunk any false information you see being touted by the media.  Journalists, organisations and politicians, all  have Facebook and Twitter, use it to your advantage, post your comments on their pages and tweets.Be Merciless.

The Media, bless their lying little hearts, if you see something that is in-correct, call them on it.  Letters to the editor do get read, but most of all remember they aren’t here to sell peace love and happiness, If it bleeds, it leads. For far too long we have been the whipping boy for our self imposed social commentators.

 Finally, be proud of who you are, you are one of the most vetted and law abiding citizens in this country, you are an Australian firearms owner, legal and licensed. Oh, and how many anti’s does it take to change a light bulb? Who cares, by the time the press conference is over you’ve already done it yourself.