We can be proud of gun laws

NewsMail - - YOUR SAY - OUR SAY CRYS­TAL JONES ON­LINE EDI­TOR

AUS­TRALIA’S gun laws are some­thing to be proud of.

True, they will al­ways be hotly con­tested and de­bated and there are many who are of the opin­ion that we should have an Amer­i­can-style “right to bear arms”.

I am not one of those peo­ple.

Re­cently I chat­ted with a friend from over­seas who was amazed at what we had achieved.

He couldn’t help talk­ing about how safe it must feel to live in Aus­tralia.

A very far-fetched and fan­ci­ful ar­gu­ment pro-gun peo­ple of­ten make is that with­out guns, peo­ple have no pro­tec­tion from some kind of imag­ined, fu­ture govern­ment “takeover”.

If some­day, some govern­ment wants to rise up and take us over, they’ll have a lot more than guns at their dis­posal any­way.

For now, let’s just fo­cus on the re­al­ity – we have a safer, hap­pier coun­try to live in thanks to our gun laws.

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