SHOOTERS are facing three elections this year.
Who we’re up against
Herald Sun headline reflecting the start of the 1996 attack on shooters.
FEW COULD ARGUE that we’re dealing with political parties who don’t know about the shooting sports, or care about its future.
To many politicians, guns are dangerous and the more that are taken out of the community, the better. They’ve taken stuff off us in the past and remain a constant danger to what we do.
Yet there are nearly 1 million of us who know that is far from being true. We can easily point to the social benefits, economic benefits, and the safety of what we do – but those who don’t inform themselves, simply don’t want to know.
EVEN as the 1996 buybacks were getting underway, our critics had to pause while Russell Mark and Michael Diamond took front and back pages of our major papers after winning Olympic Gold.
It was a moment that demonstrated what our politicians need to understand. Yet they didn’t learn – and didn’t care.
If anything, the problem has gotten worse. Since then, we’ve had more guns banned and many current politicians simply don’t understand the problem.
We deserve better. We’re not after an apology but do want recognition and strong government support. These aren’t forthcoming, which is why we need to use the political process to make that happen.
It took gold medals from Russell Mark (pictured) and Michael Diamond to remind our politicians what we do.
State elections coming up in SA and Vic
In May 2021, we wrote to the major parties in both states.
While there has been dialogue, none of them impressed us with any understanding of our problem – or demonstrated a reason why we should support them.
Voting is compulsory – so better to use it carefully than not at all
Who you vote for is your business, but hopefully we can give you some general info from a shooting perspective that will help you work out who to vote for – or not vote for.
The approaches we’re likely to take in SA and Vic will be to send a message to the governments of both states that they need to do a lot better.
That is not to say we support their respective oppositions – because regrettably the oppositions in both states have also fallen short.
We’re still a few weeks away from seeing the nominations in SA (and a few months away for Vic). Some of you will be spoilt for choice while others won’t be. Whatever your situation may be, we’ll get what information we can to you, as soon as we can.
The federal election
While gun laws are a state matter, the feds oversee the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and control what can or can’t be imported, so shooters still have an opportunity to make our votes count.
In this case we’ll be focussing on the Liberal’s Karen Andrews and Jason Wood because of the shoddy way they have been treating shooters through the NFA.
Both had the chance to address appearance laws but didn’t do anything. Both had a chance to make the NFA shooter-friendly, but haven’t even lifted a finger. Instead the NFA is a mess, and they need to get the message.
Even the federal government must take some responsibility for the state of our gun laws
What we'll do- and how you can help
Our how to vote information will come out approximately two weeks before each election – but it will be largely along the lines of what we have said here.
The first election will be SA on 19 March.
Then we’ve got the federal election around May, and the Victorian election on 26 November.
If you’re keen to support this work by donating, then check out this fundraiser.
All funds raised will go towards us doing more, and more, and more as each election rolls by.
If you’re a major party candidate who supports what we do, then contact us now
Our election fundraising campaign will support this year’s three elections. It will cover the different ways we help shooters who to vote for – from advertising to letterbox drops.
Every shooter we can convince to vote a particular way, is another vote to help the shooting sports.