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Medics for Gun Control submission lacks insight and sense of firearm legislation

By Shooters Union Tasmania President Alistair Shephard

Medics for Gun Control (MGC) has called on the Tasmanian Government to make changes to the state’s gun laws, and the proposed amendments show a distinct lack of understanding when it comes to firearm legislation in Tasmania, and the country.

The organisation recommended abolishing the “loophole” that breaches the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), permitting children from 12 years old to handle a gun. It is not a loophole. But the claim is an attempt to limit people’s rights by hoping they cave under emotional rhetoric.

Teaching firearm safety from a young age instills respect and discipline. People keep firearms in the home, on the farm. If your child is confronted with a gun, you want them to have the know-how and confidence to react safety and appropriately.

MGC also proposed stronger background checks and tighter requirements to cancel licenses and seize weapons following violence orders, domestic violence orders and assaults.

This hollow demand reveals how little they’ve researched the current requirements to obtain a license. Certainly in most Australian states, laws already mandate that orders of violence, domestic violence and assault are pursued by the cancellation of licenses and seizure of any weapons.

MGC advocated reducing licensing periods especially for handguns and semi-automatic weapons, when in fact Tasmanian laws already comply with the NFA and enforce 12 months for Category C licenses and five year licenses for all other categories.

This shows how out of touch they are with the situation, as processing licenses more frequently will only waste valuable police resources.

They also sought to ban 3D printed weapons in Tasmania and have the Adler shotgun upgraded to impose stringent licensing requirements. This fails to address the more pressing issue of illegal manufacturing of 3D weapons.

Placing further restrictions on 3D weapons will do nothing to punish the creators who are already in breach of the law.

Finally, the MGC encouraged the government to prohibit any Tasmanian political parties or candidates from receiving weapons industry or gun lobby donations. This is the most alarming of MGC’s proposed changes because it strikes at the heart of democracy.

It is not hypocritical to restrict the rights of one group of people when others have free reign?

Shooters Union acknowledges MGC’s right to voice its opinion on this matter. We hold our health professionals in the highest regard. In this case however, the group is simply “tugging on heart strings” and advocating poorly researched claims in an area that is not their field of expertise.

Article written by Alistair Shephard 6/11/18 and posted to the Tasmanian Times

Criminologist says knives becoming number one weapon in homocides

KNIVES have become the number one weapon for murder in Australia, outstripping firearms and the use of sheer physical force. Criminologist Dr Samara McPhedran from Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program said knives were the most commonly used weapon in homicide cases in Australia.

“It would be fair to say knives are now more prevalent,” she said. Dr McPhedran said that the use of sheer physical force involving strangulation and beatings inflicted with fists and feet were still a common factor in homicide cases. And surprisingly, she disagrees with studies showing firearm-related homicides declining after the introduction of national gun laws following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

She said statistics showed firearm related homicides were already in decline in Australia from the 1980s.

She said this level of decline continued into and after homicidal maniac Martin Bryant slaughtered 35 people and wounded 23 using a semiautomatic .223 Colt carbine at Port Arthur.
Bryant was also in possession of a .308 calibre SLR battle rifle. Dr McPhedran said there were a number of knife-related studies pointing “in some instances to an association between the drug trade and violent perpetration and victimisation”.

Statistics from the National Homicide Monitoring Program show homicides had declined in Australia in the 25 years leading up to 2014 (when government funding for the monitoring program was cut). It found that from 1989-90 to 2013-14, stab wounds were the most common causes of death in homicide cases. In 2013-14 there were 86 knife homicides in Australia. Professor Lorraine Nazerolle from the University of Queensland said reports showed it was not uncommon for young people to carry knives.

She referenced a report titled Gang Membership and Knife Carrying, prepared for the UK government by Professor Susan McVie from Scotland’s Edinburgh University. Prof McVie found knife carrying was prevalent among younger males living a “risky lifestyle”. She said up to 30 per cent had admitted to having carried a knife. “Knife carrying is an integral part of a risky lifestyle that involves engaging in violent and nonviolent offending, associating with delinquent peers and dabbling in the murky world of drugs,” she said.

She said all of these things increased their risk of criminal victimisation and knives were carried primarily for defence. Dr McVie said her studies showed knife carriers could be characterised as coming from a background of poor parenting and social isolation. She said they suffered from low self-esteem and had a tendency for self-harm, often cutting themselves with the very knives they carried. “It is not uncommon for young people to carry a knife, particularly those at risk of victimisation,” Dr McVie said.

She said it was a fear of violent victimisation that motivated people to carry a knife. Dr Nazerolle said there was a campaign underway in London addressing the growing prevalence of knives used as weapons. Its message is simple, “London needs you alive. Don’t carry a knife”.

Article written by JOHN ANDERSEN for the Townsville Bulletin. November 1, 2018 5:50pm Read the original article here:

Waves Ep 198. Gun Politics in Australia

Video Published by The Unshackled:

The ABC’s Four Corners program aired an episode last Monday night hyping up a big new power gun lobby in Australia. It portrayed Australian gun owners and sporting shooters desiring to protect their rights as a sinister development which will lead to US style mass shootings. But what is the truth about Australian gun politics and the facts behind gun ownership and public safety? Today my guest is Graham Park from the Shooters Union of Australia who was featured in the Four Corners episode to respond to what was put to air and to outline the aims of his and other shooting groups activism. Graham describes current state of Australia’s gun laws with regard to recreational shooting and self defence, I also ask his opinion on the more controversial aspects of gun policy such as semi automatic weapons and concealed carry. Graham goes through what was featured in the Four Corners episode including the activities of the gun lobby in the Queensland and Tasmanian State Elections. He also responds to the allegation that relaxed gun laws lead to more deadly incidents involving firearms. Graham explains the current strategy of the gun lobby to have shooters vote for friendly minor parties and ask if the major parties are a lost cause.

Get Up Exposed! Who are they?

Are they independent, unaligned and grassroots, as they claim?

GetUp says:

“The GetUp movement is powered by the values and hopes of everyday people. By combining the power of one million members, movement partners and a central team of expert strategists, we do whatever it takes to make an extraordinary impact.   GetUp members come from every walk of life, coming together around a shared belief in fairness, compassion and courage. It is GetUp members who set our movement’s agenda on issues they care about, in the fields of Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Economic Fairness and Democratic Integrity. Our work is driven by values, not party politics”.  GetUp is, and always has been an independent organisation. We are beholden to no-one, but each other, and our shared values

We suggest that Get-Up! is:

Get-Up! Is a highly successful left-wing political pressure group. Employees (its payroll apparently is $4.6 million per year) are highly talented campaign writers who use the psychology of storytelling to create an emotional imperative in its supporters to act by “chipping in” cash, writing letters, sending emails, attending polling booths, demonstrating etc. Almost without fail, we suggest, that actions are directly or indirectly designed to boost the fortunes of Labor and the Greens and to damage the conservative or right-wing parties. Is this correct? We are on a discovery mission!

This is what we have uncovered so far!

GetUp claims they are independent – but from what and from whom? Let’s examine these claims in more detail.   Senator Eric Abetz claimed as far back as 2010, that GetUp only supported the progressive side of politics.  “Might I say from the outset that GetUp!’s activities would be perfectly legitimate if they just came out and admitted to being a left-wing activist group. The trouble is that GetUp! trades on being “independent” and “non-partisan” when it is anything but.” Abetz said (1)

Rite-ON GetUp Exposed

Get-Up was originally created 15 years ago by left wing co-founders Jeremy Heiman and David Madden, who also started Win- Back – Respect, MoveOn and Avaaz.

Some of their manipulation techniques (e.g. “storytelling”) come directly from Heiman’s Democrat-funded progressive group “Purpose”.

GetUp was bankrolled with over a million dollars from Billionaire Socialist George Soros, along with a ‘small’ donation of $100,000 from the Australian Workers Union (AWU) when Bill Shorten was President. (2)

In a strange twist of de-ja-vu, the co-founders of Win- Back- Respect, MoveOn and Avaaz in the US, were also the Co-founders and creators of GetUp in Oz. Hardly surprising then, that GetUp dutifully followed their US counterparts’ example.   Over the next 15 years,’ rivers of gold’ flowed into GetUp’s coffers from a group of interconnected overseas organizations, many with links backed by George Soros.  Research shows their campaigns almost exclusively supported progressive-left outcomes. (3)   (More on this later in our next follow-up article)


Who is George Soros – reported to be GetUp’s major donor?

Rite-On George Soros Major donor to GetUpGeorge Soros was born in Budapest in 1930. He survived the Nazi occupation by working for them and went on to study economics in London, successfully damaging the Bank of England by manipulating currencies, and then embarking on a career of huge wealth creation (4)

Today, George Soros is one of the world’s richest men, donating billions to political causes around the world through his many ‘philanthropic’ organizations, including his starship ‘Open Societies Foundation’ (5) . It is reported he has pumped $18 billion over many years, into his mainly socialist causes, all around the world.  (5)

Some of these socialist political causes appear to include ‘open borders across the Western world, climate change solutions often “taking money from poor people in rich countries to give to rich people in poor countries”, a One World Government and Police Force, Renewable Energy to replace all fossil fuels, an Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) , Carbon Tax, Planned Parenthood (abortion), Vegetation Management and food production controls , to name but a few. To some, these causes resonate as bringing fairness and equity to man-kind, saving the planet and promoting worldwide peace, but to others who have lived under a Socialist Regime, they are truly frightening.

Our regulated electoral system- apparently doesn’t regulate GetUp!

Australia’s electoral system has numerous political parties across a broad spectrum that participate in elections under a political process. Parties and candidates must comply with strict regulations to participate. This is important because they are in the business of affecting electoral outcomes.

Then we have GetUp – a political-activist group, that receives money from a socialist billionaire and various other affiliated overseas organizations. GetUp also participates in elections to affect outcomes in significant ways, but GetUp are apparently exempt from any such requirements or restrictions!

The Federal Government has finally recognized the danger of overseas political influence in our political system and government and is seeking to pass legislation that would require more transparency surrounding donations to groups such as GetUp. (more on this in follow up article)

How does GetUp stir people into action?

GetUp appear to be masters in the psychology of storytelling to create an emotional imperative.  Many well-meaning Aussie Mums and Dads will act and ‘chip in money’ to fund GetUp’s voracious appetite for campaigning and electioneering.  They will support ‘genuine and worthy’ campaigns, but many could be unaware these campaigns are predominantly aimed at damaging the conservative side of Australian politics and big corporations.

Cleverly written, with all the components of a good yarn and clever story-telling they offer personal engagement and a feel-good-factor to people who otherwise would not participate in politics. Who wouldn’t get convinced to be part of a campaign that delivered fairness and justice for all?

“Save Medicare, save the reef, stop closing public hospitals and Australian schools” they yell.

But are these just manufactured enemies and confected situations?

Rite-ON GET UP and Save the reef

But, if their (GetUp’s)  supporters looked at the evidence we have uncovered so far, would they still support GetUp?
Would they support an organization if they were aware their efforts and donations could be undermining Australia’s democracy, and more importantly, assisting to install a progressive-left, Labor, socialist government?

An August 2016 article uncovered hundreds of dumped files exposing the influence of socialist billionaire George Soros, on Western Politics. The Australian arm of the Soros network is GetUp! (6)

Remember the furore over the alleged Russian intervention in the US Election of President Donald Trump?
Would supporters of GetUp, support similar overseas intervention in Australian politics if they were aware?

How is GetUp funded?

“The proposed crackdown on foreign donations would wipe us out” GetUp! moans.

Apparently, significant overseas foreign donations have flowed into GetUp, which could explain their concern over proposed legislation coming before the Senate.

GetUp says they are funded by Aussie Mums and Dads, but their concerns about foreign donations would suggest otherwise.

Our research so far has uncovered donations from Campact in Germany, Avaaz and  The Oak Foundation in the US, and who knows how many other Soros-funded overseas organizations?  (7)

This could call into question their claims they are funded primarily by Australian Mums and Dads!

GetUp’s foreign interference

Some interesting players in the field of overseas foreign interference through the ‘GetUp-Gateway’ have so far been discovered.   A combination of national and international players appears to be linked to the organization, challenging their claims of ‘independence’!

Open Societies Foundation, Avaaz, Australian Trade Unions,, The Sunrise Project, Mackay Conservation Group, Greenpeace, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, The Labor Party, The Greens Party, Market Forces and the Center for American Progress, have all been identified in our research.

Missing from this list are political parties, industries and corporations from the conservative side of politics.


·         Avaaz – based in the US. Global climate change and human rights activism

·         Open Societies Foundation – based in the US. Racial and transgender activism

·         Market Forces – Global organization. Fossil fuel opponents. Renewables supporters.

·  – Global organization. Fossil fuels opponents. Renewable supporters

·         Greenpeace – Global organization. Climate change activism


Is GetUp independent and without foreign influence?

We leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Perhaps your money and support would be better placed elsewhere?


In our next report, we will examine in more detail, the real sources of funding for GetUp!

Until then, please share this article and  memes across Social Media.


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Rite-ON! Labor loves GetUp



Article written by Rite-on: Action for Oz. Read the full article here: Rite-On! You, as supporters of Rite-ON! will influence political outcomes through debate, issue-based campaigns, petitions, lobbying and activism. There is something that everyone can do, to make positive changes. The Unions, Greens, Labor, and GetUp have built a well-funded and formidable movement of activists, all working and conspiring to win government. Their combined efforts are eroding our way of life and freedoms. We believe to achieve political success and balance, we need to apply the same fundamental ‘coordinated activism’ to promote our values, principles and policies! Our grassroots group of political activists work to support democracy, western values, freedoms and equal opportunity – not political parties. More at:



GetUp’s charity status deleted

GetUp has removed any suggestion it operates as a charity in a reworking of the left-leaning campaign group’s constitution.

A swag of amendments to GetUp’s internal management rules appear to be part of resistance to efforts by Liberal senator Eric Abetz and other government MPs to end its independent legal status. Senator Abetz is pushing to have GetUp formally recognised by the Australian Electoral Commission as an “associated entity” of Labor, and possibly the Greens, claiming it is a really a campaign front dominated by party operatives pretending to be non-partisan.

A decision by GetUp to abolish in its “objects” that it was formed to advance progressive policy “where that advancement furthers a charitable purpose” follows the Liberal senator’s claim in June that GetUp was “falsely” posing as a charity to help boost its appeal by appearing independent.

GetUp officially made the deletion a month after Senator Abetz challenged its charity credentials and called for an investigation by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission into why documents GetUp lodged with the regulator left blank a page listing full members who “run the show”.

But the changes have come to light only now, with ASIC publishing them online.

Among other changes, GetUp’s revised constitution deletes the previous requirement that full members be disclosed.

GetUp has also abolished an entire category of “ordinary members”, introduced remuneration for directors on its board and eliminated a rule that potential conflicts of interest involving board members must be declared in the minutes of meetings.

Senator Abetz claimed yesterday that GetUp’s removal of its “charitable purpose” was a humiliating backdown, while watering down disclosure provisions contradicted the campaign group’s professed support for transparency.

“GetUp’s attempts to change its constitution to suppress information about its real members — those who really call the shots — is a disgrace and will not withstand scrutiny,” he said.
Senator Abetz said GetUp’s attempt in an email to members to pass off its charitable objects as just “some outdated drafting” was an insult to the intelligence.

GetUp inserted the “charitable purpose” by amendment less than four years ago. GetUp’s national director, Paul Oosting, denies any party alignment. His organisation is fighting to prevent any status change that could undermine its appeal to supporters as “independent” and “non-partisan”.

GetUp has campaigned consistently against the Coalition in elections, most recently urging an anti-Liberal vote in the Longman and Wentworth by-elections. GetUp insists no conflict of interest occurred when a company owned by one director, ALP member and former national ALP digital campaign director Daniel Stone, worked on the campaign of Wentworth independent Kerryn Phelps. GetUp campaigned in Wentworth with some material favourable to Dr Phelps.

A GetUp spokeswoman said the constitutional amendments were made as part of a good governance review, and the vast bulk were “clarifying or streamlining” and not substantive.

According to GetUp, its “charitable purpose” was removed for irrelevance because it was not a charity and had no plans to be one. GetUp also said ASIC did not require the listing of full members.

Have you opted out of My Health Record yet?

There are growing concerns about who will have access to My Health Record and it seems certain that government agencies will be able to source personal information. This includes Weapons
Licensing Branch. We know of one dealer who reported to police that he had had a heart attack. As a response, all his licences were suspended, pending his provision of proof of his fitness to hold a
licence. His heart attack was relatively minor and he recovered well. A minor bout of depression is now considered a “mental illness”, so it is not only conceivable but quite likely that any application for a new licence or PTA would involve a search of the My Health Record database to check for any health information which, in the opinion of police, would render the applicant unfit to hold a licence.

Opt out NOW! Time is running out.

Sticking to your guns with David Lyonhjelm

Senator David Lyonhjelm will be guest speaker at the Queensland AGM of Shooters Union.  The AGM is on Saturday 24/11/18 at 9.30 am at the United Services Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Parking is available on-site though a charge will apply. Formal notification will come to you via email. Have you RSVP’d yet?

Senator Lyonhjelm has arguably done more for shooters in Australia than any other politician. He is a founding member of Shooters Union NSW and is an enthusiastic supporter of target shooting and hunting. His facebook page gives some background into his aspirations for Australia:

My Australian dream…
I dream of a country in which we are each in control of our own lives; where the government keeps its nose out of private matters (and knows what they are); where we are free to live as we please so long as we do no harm to others; and where our money is our own.

I am not an anarchist, as I believe some level of government is necessary. National defence and the criminal justice system are, in my view, examples of legitimate government responsibility.

But I am also not a socialist, as I believe collectivism, and government planning and control, inevitably leads to inferior outcomes compared to what is achieved by people acting individually.

I could never be a racist, sexist or homophobe because I refuse to define people collectively. Indeed, I share the vision of Martin Luther King:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I believe people are better at using their own money than the government, and should therefore keep a lot more of it than they do at present.

I believe people are better at making decisions about how to live than the government. And whether to live. I am a libertarian.


Rifle Methods, Mindset & Magic

From the March 2001 issue of Shooting Sports USA, some of the best rifle shooters in the country reveal their recipe for success in competition.

The panel consisted of shooting legend Lones WiggerNancy Tompkins-Gallagher, Jean Foster and Jason Parker.

How do you prepare prior to a big match?

Jean Foster: I train hard until I leave for the match. I follow the course I’ve set out in my annual training plan, only making adjustments for specific items that come up in matches throughout the year. I also work with my sports psychologist.

Lones Wigger: When I was on the national team, we had an annual training plan with a major goal at the end of the last major match of the year. All of the other matches that year were intermediate goals. Two to three weeks before a major match, training would be three to four hours a day, five days a week. Preparation is the key to good performance.

Jason Parker: The night before a match, I eat a good performance-enhancing dinner. I get to the range about 45 minutes early. This gives me enough time to set up and then relax, but not enough time to let my mind wander.

Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher: I make sure everything is done before I walk up to the firing line. My sight settings are adjusted for elevation and my windage is set at zero. Ten minutes before I go to the line I have all of my equipment on—including sweatshirt, jacket, glasses, ear protection and sling, if appropriate. Five minutes before being called to the line, I relax and think about my upcoming performance.

How do you use the preparation period?

JF: I use the preparation period to finalize adjustments to my firing point set-up—like where my spotting scope is placed or how my prone mat is aligned with the target. Then I get into position and find my natural point-of-aim. The prep period is very relaxing for me.

LW: I do holding exercises, some stretching, getting the feel of the position, establishing my natural point-of-aim and going over everything in my mind.

JP: I use the whole preparation period to get my position comfortable. Then I dry fire to let my position settle and get my mindset right for the competition.

NTG: I find my position, set up my spotting scope and start to dry fire. This is the time for me to fix anything that needs to be fine-tuned. If it’s a rapid fire stage, I make sure my cadence and timing are precise. I also figure out what I need to use for wind and mirage.

How do you go about establishing your stance, position and natural point-of-aim?

JF: I have shot so much that getting into position and being close to proper point-of-aim is easy. To perfect my position, I close my eyes, do some deep breathing, then open my eyes to find where I’m pointed and make any needed adjustments. If it seems I’m unable to find a good position by scooting around, I get in and out of position as many times as necessary. The recoil recovery must also be perfect before I go to my first record shot.

LW: Through experience and feel, aligning with the target is easy to accomplish with years of training and experience.

JP: I get a very basic position and stance established, then pick up the rifle to get everything fine-tuned and feeling relaxed and comfortable.

NTG: I look for a flat area on my firing point to set up. It is very important to set up on as level an area as possible. I assume my position from memory, then check my natural point-of-aim by closing my eyes, wiggling around, then checking to see where I’m lined up. If I’m off to the left or right, I scoot in the direction I need to go. If my elevation is off, I adjust my hand stop and sling.

What is your normal pre-shot routine?

JF: My pre-shot routine is really easy. I visualize a deep-10 and then tell myself to “be ready!” I have defined “ready” as all of the things I need to remember to fire the shot.

LW: I try to do everything the same on each shot. I’m always checking the conditions.

JP: I load, pick up the rifle and let my position settle. Then I drop my head onto the cheekpiece and acquire the target.

NTG: I look at the conditions and at my previous shot and make any sight or wind corrections. Down in position, I load the rifle, check my target number and then center the bullseye in my sights.

How do you go about firing the shot?

JF: Once I tell myself “be ready,” the shot takes care of itself. I check the wind while I’m holding the rifle and breathing. If the wind is OK, I wait for my hold to settle and squeeze off the shot.

LW: I concentrate on the hold and my sight picture. I try not to disturb the gun when the shot breaks. The left supporting arm must be relaxed.

JP: I fire quickly, usually in about 6-8 seconds, never longer than 11 seconds. I take up the first stage on the trigger while I drop my head onto the cheekpiece to save a few seconds.

NTG: I usually take another breath and then release about ⅔ of the air in my lungs. This breathing pattern releases stress—both physical and mental. I center up the bull and fire a slow, but deliberate shot. It’s very important to maintain good trigger control and follow-through. You must never anticipate the shot going off, as this can cause bad habits such as jerking the trigger or pushing the rifle butt with your shoulder. A 10 o’clock shot is usually caused by shouldering, and a 4 or 5 o’clock shot is caused by jerking or an over-aggressive trigger pull.

What is your follow-through and shot evaluation technique?

JF: After the shot goes off, I count to three―as in “Bang … two … three.” During this time, I evaluate my recoil and call the shot. Calling my shot is not a conscious thing, I look through my scope and confirm where the shot is, but I never actually say, “That was a 10.3 at 2:30.” It is more of a feeling. After each shot, I double-check the wind as well.

LW: I always call the shot, evaluate the score and compare the position of the shot on the target with the shot call. I evaluate the wind condition to determine why the shot is where it is. Is it you, the wind condition or the equipment? I then change sights or hold over accordingly.

JP: I have a short follow-through and evaluate the shot very simply, as either good or bad. If there is a fault with that shot, I will make a small correction. If the problem persists, I’ll make a more drastic change.

NTG: As soon as the shot is fired, I maintain position until I’m sure the recoil is complete. Instantly, I call the shot so I can make sight adjustments as needed. If a shot is called a 9 at 3 o’clock, for example, and it comes up a center-X, it’s nice to receive the X, but you must still adjust to where the shot was called. It is also necessary to make any position or technique adjustments as needed. Errors in technique are just as important to note from shot to shot as calling your shots.

Do you have any other thoughts, comments or recommendations for your fellow shooters?

JF: I’m a “distracted shooter.” I am very aware of what is going on around me. I know who is on the range, who’s leaving, who’s done firing the course and whose target system just broke. I tried to focus on just shooting, but find that to be more distracting. My mental plan, when trying to focus, began to include sayings such as, “Don’t listen to that noise,” or “Don’t pay attention,” or “Focus on your shooting, it doesn’t matter.” To me, these thoughts became even more distracting. It’s easier for me to recognize what is going on around me and move along, rather than try to block them out. My advice is that not all shooters are the same and it takes a lot of time and work to figure out what works best for you.

LW: Having good equipment and ammunition are a given. The most important aspect of becoming a champion is a clearly defined training plan. That’s absolutely imperative to give you direction. The plan must realistically reflect the time available to you to carry it out. Second, your goal setting must be realistic and achievable, but also must require real effort and hard work. Third, you must have the commitment, wanting it more than anything else and be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve your goals. Finally, you must have the determination and desire―the “fire in the belly”―to be competitive. It has to be your number one priority in life.

JP: I recommend getting the shot off quickly and letting the position settle before you fire the shot.

NTG: Target shooting is a fun and rewarding sport. Through shooting, you learn how to better concentrate, which can help you in all areas of life. You also learn how to improve both your physical and mental control. Responsibility is the other major factor that is learned. Probably my best recommendation is to train hard, learn from books and articles, and from other shooters. Be prepared, safe and responsible. The major secret to shooting well is to enjoy it and have fun. If you are prepared, relaxed and having fun, you will do better. My scores improved drastically when I quit worrying about my placement in the competition and concentrated on my performance. It is far more rewarding to perform well and not win a competition than to perform badly and win. Be a good example to others by being responsible, friendly, helpful, honest and self-controlled. Enjoy the wonderful people involved in our sport and the thrill of competing with others who enjoy doing what you do. Have fun!

So there you have it, from four fine rifle shooters. As you can see, they experience the same match pressures, worries and distractions the rest of us do every time they step up to the firing line. The major difference is how thoroughly they prepare themselves before their match and how they deal with those challenges during their match. There are no shortcuts to shooting success, but these four great athletes have helped show you the straightest path which every shooters must take to the winner’s podium.

Article written by Scott Engen 2/10/18 for NRA Shooting Sports USA. See the orginal article here:

PETITION: Proposed 3-year trial of conservation hunting in Queensland State Forests

Eligibility – Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Daniel Boniface
31 Rubicon Crescent

Total Signatures – 6836

Sponsoring Member: Mr Nick Dametto MP

Posting Date: 4/09/2018

Closing Date: 24/02/2019

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TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House the absence of legislation allowing for hunting of feral game in Queensland’s State Forests. Such schemes are in place in NSW and Victoria and these have proven to be both safe and successful. The NSW scheme requires recreational hunters to complete additional accreditation and licensing and this too has proven an effective means of controlling and monitoring the public participation in the scheme whilst qualifying the suitability of hunters for public land access. Targeted feral species could include deer, goats, pigs, foxes, feral dogs and feral cats.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to propose a 3-year trial of recreational hunting in Queensland’s State Forests and to establish a “Restricted Game License” scheme, similar to that which is already in place in NSW.

Launch of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance

From the quotes in the press release below, this new Australian Gun Safety Alliance sounds a lot like just another gun control group. This press release shows their names and organisations.

EMBARGOED until 12.01am, Thursday, 20 September 2018

WHAT:               Launch of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance

WHEN:               Thursday, 20 September 2018

WHERE:            Senate courtyard

TIME:                  9.30am


·         The Hon Andrew Leigh MP, Co-chair Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control

·         John Alexander, MP Co-chair Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control

·         Walter Mikac, Founding Patron of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation

·         Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

·         Lesley Podesta, CEO Alannah & Madeline Foundation


New alliance will keep our gun laws strong

A new alliance of concerned organisations has come together to ensure that Australia’s strong gun safety laws are protected.

Last night, the Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control launched the Australian Gun Safety Alliance to protect the integrity of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

The Hon Andrew Leigh MP, co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control, said the NFA emerged from a terrible tragedy but has since saved hundreds of lives in averted homicides and suicides.

“Two decades on, it stands as an example that other countries can learn from, and a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in preventing gun violence,” Mr Leigh said.

John Alexander MP said Australians must never forget the sacrifice made by the victims of the Port Arthur massacre.

“We must remain vigilant to ensure that the gun laws made in their memory are the powerful and lasting legacy that they were designed to be,” he said.

Organisations from a wide range of sectors, including health, medical, family violence, children, education and emergency services, will work together to ensure that all governments in Australia comply with the NFA.

Walter Mikac, who tragically lost his two children and his wife at Port Arthur, said the Alliance will represent the vast majority of Australians who strongly support our gun safety framework.

Lesley Podesta, CEO of the Foundation established in honour of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, said that last year, all state and territory governments renewed their support of a National Firearms Agreement.

“However, remarkably, not a single government is fully compliant,” she said.

The introduction of gun reforms after Port Arthur have had a significant impact on the safety of the Australian community.

Deaths from firearms have more than halved.

After the gun reforms were introduced, there had been no mass shootings in Australia between 1996 and May 2018 when the tragic murder/ suicide occurred in WA. It has been estimated that without our gun reforms we may have expected to have at least 16 mass shootings since Port Arthur.

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Quotes from members of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance

Walter Mikac, whose family was tragically killed at Port Arthur said the Alliance will provide a balanced public debate. “It will represent the vast majority of Australians who strongly support our gun safety framework,” Mr Mikac said.

“We must continue to try and stop more firearm deaths,” he said. “Australia’s gun laws are being challenged, putting all Australians and our children at risk.”

Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia:

“This Alliance has been formed in response to increasing concerns among health professionals and other sectors that Australia’s gun laws are being watered down to levels which threaten the public’s health and safety. The National Firearms Agreement offers a sufficient level of protection to the general population from gun violence while still allowing for legitimate firearm users to have appropriate access to firearms. It’s critical that all Australian states resist pressure to weaken our gun laws, and instead uphold the National Firearms Agreement which has been successful in reducing gun violence in Australia.”

Dr Gian Sberna, General Manager, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS):

“ANZICS supports the public health initiatives of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance to ensure that the community is protected from gun violence.”

Dr Debbie Scott, Chair of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (Sub-Committee on Intentional Injury):

“Firearms are a major cause of death and injury, particularly in rural and regional Australia. This Alliance will do its utmost to maintain the focus on licensing, registration, safety and storage of firearms.’

Mark Burgess, CEO, Police Federation of Australia:

“The Police Federation of Australia, representing 62,000 Australian police officers, is pleased to support initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence in our community.”

Dr Tony Bartone, President, Australian Medical Association

“The AMA welcomes the formation of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance, and we agree with its objectives.

Gun ownership laws should be tougher, and not watered down in any way. A national, real-time firearms register should be established.

There is a legitimate role for guns in agriculture, regulated sport, and for the military and police, but gun possession in the broader community is a risk to public health.”

Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC, White Ribbon Australia Chair:

“Firearms are used to kill, but they are also a tool that abusive men use to threaten and coerce women and children. Strong gun safety laws across Australian jurisdictions, through compliance with the NFA, will help keep women and children safe from violence.”

John Alexander MP, Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control Co-Chair:

“We only need to look overseas to see the countless number of Australian lives that gun reform has saved. We can go to sleep at night knowing our families are safe thanks to these laws, which are some of the most effective in the world. We can never forget the sacrifice made by the victims of the Port Arthur massacre, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that the gun laws made in their memory are a powerful and lasting legacy.”

The Hon Andrew Leigh MP, Parliamentary Friends of Gun Control Co-Chair:

The NFA emerged from a terrible tragedy but has since saved hundreds of lives in averted homicides and suicides. Two decades on, it stands as an example that other countries can learn from, and a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in preventing gun violence.

Dr Phill Pullinger, President, Medics for Gun Control

“The present situation in Tasmania is the exact reason that Australia needs a strong voice on the issue of firearm safety. The Tasmania government continues to be pressured by the gun lobby to make changes to the Tasmania Firearms Act that will water down safety measures for Tasmanians and in some cases will clearly breach the National Firearms Agreement.”

Jacqui Watt, CEO, No to Violence

“No to Violence supports the Australian Gun Safety Alliance’s call to preserve and strengthen the National Firearms Agreement. The recent spate of family violence gun-related homicides by men tells us that robust measures must be taken to ensure that women and children live safe, fulfilled lives.”

Dr Simon Judkins, President, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

“Our members have seen first-hand the tragic and destructive nature of gun violence on families and communities, and we are proud to support the Alliance.”

Lesley Podesta, CEO, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

“The country must be vigilant about keeping the NFA intact. Any changes must be considered in terms of their impact on our safety, especially that of our children. However, we see the ongoing pressure placed on state governments by interest groups attached to the firearms industry to trade off public safety. ”

Message from The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC

Looking back at the tragic massacre at Port Arthur in April 1996, and the Legislative response Federal and State several months later, I am surprised how the events and the response still resonate in public memory. It was a shock to the new Parliament and Government. It was for the families of the dead and wounded a tragedy which never left and never will leave them. Government and people put their hearts and hands out to them and said, with integrity and purpose, the capacity to commit this mayhem with the weapons most effective for that evil pursuit will end.

The response was hard and effective. This was partly because we had thought about it. Previous massacres at Hoddle St and Queen St had seen the States and Commonwealth put together a committee on violence. 1990 killings at Strathfield saw the Commonwealth ban importation of automatic and high velocity weapons. The laws swiftly enacted after Port Arthur had been swirling around Attorney General meetings for a number of years. With the buyback scheme the vicious nonsense ended.

I thought the then Prime Minister and Deputy acted with courage. The public was massively behind them. After serving six years as our Ambassador to the U.S I have emerged with an even deeper appreciation of the actions of our governments then and the firm public support. We have become the ‘poster child’ for both sides of the argument in The United States. An example feared and often counter-factually traduced by the supporters of unlimited gun ownership. On the regulated side we exemplify nirvana! Not a week goes by that a “mass shooting”, defined as four dead (not including the gunman), occurs. An image in my mind is of a frustrated saddened President Obama with an “our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones” theme on a regular basis. A community numbed by the tragedy, overwhelmingly supportive of regulation but politically atrophied. For many young Americans it feeds a perception of ineffectual adult leadership.

Ideologising guns is a new thing. In the 19th century, the second amendment was completely understood in its Defence context. Far from being wild, the West tried to regulate itself. The gun ideology has been fed by recent, not old judicial interpretations. Nevertheless it gives you pause for thought that if every suggested regulation I have seen proposed in the U.S was legislated, the U.S would not have gun laws as tough as we had before the Port Arthur massacre.

It also has to be understood gun regulation does not mitigate the mental issues, anger, criminal intent, despair which creates a murderous or suicidal cast of mind. What it does do is massively mitigate the damage and the spread of misery to the uninvolved. That is major. The families of the victims of Port Arthur know that their suffering drove an exemplary determination in the Australian political class and community. The then Prime Ministers’ and the State Governments’ leadership stands now like a beacon. It is the example to which nations handling this problem aspire.

Please Note: Mr Beazley will not be taking further inquiries on this matter at this time.