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Green’s stance on cyclists should be no different to firearms as both make complete sense.

hunting  Greens stance on cyclists should be no different to firearms as both make complete sense.In an exercise in satire I have slightly reworded the Greens NSW recent press release on bicycle licensing to just show how their views are inconsistent.

Here is the original press release:

Bike licensing not the answer to making NSW roads safer: Greens MP

Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has criticised Roads Minister Duncan Gay’s suggestion of introducing a bike licensing scheme.

Dr Faruqi said: “This is simply a thought bubble from the Roads Minister, which distracts from the primary solution for making our roads safer for cyclists: a comprehensive bicycle infrastructure strategy for New South Wales.

“A bicycle registration scheme would be costly, difficult to enforce, and enormously damaging to accessibility.

“There’s no evidence that bike licensing schemes help in reducing accidents and tragic deaths. In fact, in places like Los Angeles and Switzerland they have been abolished a short time after being introduced.

“We should be encouraging people to choose sustainable and healthy forms of transport, not discouraging it.

“In NSW, we need to improve infrastructure, raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of sharing roads, and also introduce laws that improve safety and protect cyclists.

“Greens MP Jamie Parker has a bill ready and waiting for the government to pass to ensure drivers leave at least one metre when overtaking cyclists.”

Now here is my version relating to firearms, as you can see minimum changes have been made and it just shows you that the NSW Green’s thoughts on cyclist should be the same for firearms owners as their press release is nearly interchangeable with sensible firearms policy:

WARNING SATIRE ALERT:

Firearm Registration not the answer to making NSW safer: Greens MP

Greens NSW MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has criticised introducing a firearms registration scheme.
Dr Faruqi said: “This is simply a thought bubble from the Government, which distracts from the primary solution for making our streets safer for citizens: a comprehensive firearms crime reduction strategy for New South Wales.
“A firearms registration scheme would be costly, difficult to enforce, and enormously damaging to accessibility.
“There’s no evidence that firearm registration schemes help in reducing accidents and tragic deaths. In fact, in places like New Zealand and Canada they have been abolished a short time after being introduced.
“We should be encouraging people to choose sustainable and healthy forms of gathering food for their families and engaging in a family friendly, fun sport.”
“In NSW, we need to improve infrastructure, raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of firearms ownership, and also introduce laws that improve safety and protect civilians against criminals who misuse firearms.”

“Greens MP Jamie Parker has a bill ready and waiting for the government to pass to ensure law abiding firearms owners right’s are protected whilst introducing harsh penalties for those who commit crimes with firearms”

Do you agree that the NSW Green’s stance on cyclists makes sense for firearm owners?

Victorian Fox Bounty Claims 250,000 Foxes. Amateur Pest Control Works!

hunting red fox 300x200 Victorian Fox Bounty Claims 250,000 Foxes. Amateur Pest Control Works!The Victorian Fox Bounty program has taken 250,000 foxes out of the Victorian Wilderness in the past two and a half years.

Over $2.5Million has been handed out to Victorian Hunters during the time of the fox bounty. These are huge numbers, how can anyone claim that bounties do not work. Here you have a quarter of a million foxes being removed from the environment. It has to significantly help farmers and native wildlife.

This program can only be viewed as a success, especially when looking at the relatively small cost over 2.5 years of $2.5million especially when the Victorian Government spent $1826 per goat culled last year in East Gippsland VIC. READ THIS FOR MORE INFO.

Other states in Australia should be looking very closely at the fox bounty system Victoria has introduced to help deal with each states feral animal problems as it is clearly more effective and cheaper than employing professional hunters from NZ to kill 23 goats for $42000.

Great effort Victorian Fox Shooters.

Here’s the original Article:

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/victorian-governments-fox-bounty-passes-250000-mark/story-fnkfnspy-1226858562874

Anti-gun lobby shot down by dodgy logic – Herald Sun

hunting 3799392 16x9 700x394 300x168 Anti gun lobby shot down by dodgy logic   Herald SunAn editorial piece by Andrew Rule for the Herald Sun has turned up the heat on the dim-witted Samantha Lee of the National Coalition for Gun Control and her dodgy logic.

The editorial article attacks Samantha Lee for saying:

“Owning one firearm is meant to be a privilege,” she wittered, “but owning two is meant to be limited to only those who can prove they have a legitimate special need to have more than one firearm. Victorian firearms laws have made it way too easy to gain a second or subsequent firearm.”

Mr Rule issues quite a good take down of this logic but also isn’t completely on the side of shooters, in fact aside from arguing that country people should have firearms he does express his feelings that perhaps we should have more gun control and implies that city or suburban shooters are allowed to have guns. Though, he does point out that black market firearms are where the true worry should lie whilst acknowledging the birth of black markets when an item is prohibited ala John Howard’s 1996 Gun Law Reforms.

Either way I guess Andrew Rule’s piece is probably a good middle ground of how most of the sane non-shooting public see’s the firearms situation in this country and probably about the most support you will see for law abiding shooters in the media.

Here’s the link to the story:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/shot-down-by-dodgy-logic/story-fnbkrbz6-1226243052195

Former Game Council Acting CEO Convicted.

hunting gregmcfarland 231x300 Former Game Council Acting CEO Convicted.
Former Acting CEO of NSW Game Council Greg McFarland

Greg McFarland and Edward Hoogenboom have been convicted of hunting and firearm offenses in relation to an incident in December 2012

The actions of these two men can largely be seen as the catalyst for the shutdown of the Game Council in NSW.

McFarland, the former acting CEO of The NSW Game Council and GC Volunteer Hoogenboom pleaded guilty to the charges of illegal hunting and carrying firearms onto enclosed land. Both men received a $300 fine and a 12 month good behaviour bond.

Personally, I find it distressing that Greg McFarland, that had such a prominent and important position in representing hunting and overseeing hunting in NSW abused his power and ruined hunting on NSW Public land for so long whilst giving all R Licensed hunters a bad name. I do understand that the events of that fateful day may not be what is claimed by the prosecution or the media but even if the events are not exactly what happened you would think someone with such responsibility to hunters in NSW would have made sure he was never put in a situation in which he could be seen in a bad light.

I know that if I was completely innocent and I had no involvement in the events that I was charged for I would maintain my innocence and not plead guilty like Mr McFarland.

If Mr McFarland was 100% innocent why plead guilty? Isn’t clearing your name better than a plea bargain especially for the sake of hunting on public lands in NSW?

It really is a disappointing story and a slap in the face to law abiding hunters and shooters.

Here’s the link to the original article:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/game-council-boss-convicted-on-hunting-gun-charges-20140213-32nd9.html

 

*The opinions expressed in this article are the authors only.