Australia’s “Common Sense” Gun Control Snares Nerf Blasters?

Australia’s “Common Sense” Gun Control Snares Nerf Blasters?

We all know that among modern firearm prohibitionists, the term “gun control” is out. As a writer for the New York Times recently explained , the word “control” has a “ring of repression” to it. True, he admitted, “It’s accurate: The legislation in question entails more government control over who can purchase guns and when and how.” But for those actively seeking to impose such “control” over their fellow citizens, the language is “off key” and “unhelpful.” In other words, when you actually are trying to oppress people, you certainly don’t want to talk about it openly. The repression itself is fine, even necessary, of course. But it’s gauche to be too blatant about it. What’s in is the term “common sense.” Thus, when candidate Joe Biden set forth the most sweeping, prohibitory gun control agenda America had ever seen from a presidential contender, he made sure to characterize the proposals merely as “common-sense gun safety policies.” And so it is in Australia. There, firearm ownership requires a permit, which in turn requires the applicant to specify a “genuine reason.” The law further specifies that “personal protection is not a genuine reason for owning, possessing or using a firearm.” This, according to the politician most responsible for the 1996 scheme that imposed these requirements, was “an exercise in common sense." It was also, as gun controllers like to say, only the “first step.” Later expansions would eventually encompass non-firearms like paintball guns. When this led skirmish sport enthusiasts to […]

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