Are you one of the many shooters who will need to vote at this year’s SA, Vic or federal election?
Here’s why you need to think about how your vote can help the shooting sports.
Some elections are decided on Wafer thin margins
If you think your vote doesn’t matter, then here are some instances where seats have been one or lost on just a handful of votes.
In some cases, by margins that could turn on just a couple of households.
Case 1: In 1917, Labor’s Samuel Nicholls defeated the sitting House of Reps Nationalist MP, Ernest Carr, by 9 votes.
Case 2: In 2018, Ripon (Vic) incumbent Liberal Party and pro-gun MP Lousie Staley beat Labor’s Sarah de Santis by 15 votes. Probably shooters.
Case 3: In 2020, the CLP’s Steve Edgington won the seat of Barkly over Labor’s Sid Vashist by 5 votes.
Case 4: In 2020, Labor’s Rob Skelton won the Qld seat of Bundaberg by 9 votes from the LNP’s Marty Hunt.
… and in Case 5, in 1968, SA Minister, Des Corcoran, held the seat of Millicent by 1 vote. The result was appealed resulting a by-election that Corcoran won – later becoming SA’s Premier.
Don’t ever think your vote doesn’t matter. Sometimes just a few people can change government.
How shooters can help
The first thing to remember is that getting better gun laws starts with voting properly.
If you would like to get our How-To-Vote advice, which will be issued around 2 weeks before each election, then click here to join our email list. Make sure your mates get the information as well.
Also, check our recent story covering all three elections – and how you can donate to the NSC’s Election Fighting Fund – by clicking the orange link below.