Rebecca Peters Trumpets Universal Gun Control

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    Rebecca Peters Trumpets Universal Gun Control


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    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,18950038-7583,00.html

    Rebecca Peters: Nations disarm as laws tighten

    After Port Arthur, Australia set off a universal gun-control revolution
    28apr06

    TODAY we remember the Port Arthur murder victims in church services and vigils, prayers and concerts, books and documentaries. The cross listing their names overlooks the memorial garden, a quiet place for contemplation and tears in honour of those so brutally slain on April 28, 1996.

    Another memorial to those killed and wounded on that awful day is less visible or tangible but powerful nonetheless: Australia's nationally uniform gun laws. Out of horror and insanity, something positive and rational was forged.

    Ten years later it is hard to believe the indifference to public safety embodied in the old gun laws. In those days civilians could buy military weapons and there was no limit on the number of guns an individual could stockpile. NSW, Queensland and Tasmania had no registration for rifles and shotguns, so it was impossible for the police to know if someone had a gun (or 10).

    A judge in a domestic violence case might order that firearms be seized, but in the absence of registration the perpetrator could claim not to have any guns and the matter would end there. In other states and territories the laws were stricter, but could be evaded simply by travelling to one of the three permissive states to shop for weapons.

    Throwing out this rickety framework was a pioneering step for Australia alongside Canada, which was also overhauling its law in the wake of a massacre by an alienated and angry young man with easy access to military assault rifles. Both countries have experienced a drop in gun violence as a result.

    In Australia and Canada, policy-makers involved in the reforms said they were reading "the mood of the nation". During the past decade this same mood has spread throughout the international community, with significant gun law reforms passed or proposed in dozens of parliaments.

    Gun law reform now is similar to domestic violence reform in the 1980s, when country after country realised their policies were antiquated and indefensible. South Africa, Britain, Nicaragua, Montenegro, Germany, Cambodia, Mauritius and Brazil have recently toughened their gun laws. In Belgium, Paraguay, Liberia, Guatemala, Burundi, Portugal, Senegal, Macedonia and Argentina (among others) the reforms are under way.

    Particularly striking is the case of Brazil, which has one of the highest rates of gun violence, with nearly 40,000 gun deaths in 2003. That year the gun law was tightened, with spectacular results. Gun deaths dropped for the first time after 13 years of rising continuously; by the end of 2004 the rate had fallen by 8per cent, which translated into more than 3200 lives saved.

    The gun control revolution has also reached the UN, where a process to reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms kicked off in 2001. The UN process is developing global norms to regulate the world's estimated 650 million guns and has produced an international agreement on the marking and tracing of weapons. We expect further progress from the five-year review conference to be held this June in New York.

    These UN conferences are attended by government officials, non-governmental organisations supporting tougher firearm regulation and the National Rifle Association of America.

    One of the most powerful lobby groups on Capitol Hill in Washington, the NRA appears to be no less influential on the US delegation at the UN. Even very modest declarations on small arms are opposed by the US. For example, a resolution expressing concern about the effect of weapons proliferation on humanitarian activities and development was passed with 177 votes in favour and one (the US) against.

    The NRA has characterised this small arms process as a mission "to confiscate civilian firearms worldwide and impose on Americans the lesser, inferior, global standard of freedom". The UN and my own organisation, the International Action Network on Small Arms, are known as "the enemies of freedom".

    According to NRA board member (and former congressman) Bob Barr: "That's really their ultimate agenda: to bring the United States down from the pinnacle of freedom to simply being another one of these socialist states." This last is a reference to Britain, Australia and Canada, countries dubbed by the NRA as "formerly free nations".

    Such ranting by American gun loons may seem to be a long way removed from Australia, unless you remember our own Gympie-based version screaming on television in May 1996: "The only currency that you can purchase freedom back with is blood!"

    Then and now, whether in Queensland, Tasmania, Texas or elsewhere, we have paranoid, hate-filled people living in our societies. All the more reason to have strong controls on guns.

    Rebecca Peters is the director of the International Action Network on Small Arms. She led Australia's National Coalition for Gun Control from 1992 to 1997.

    © The Australian
     
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    'Becca, bugger off.
     
  3. Leanwolf

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    I gotta ask: who the Hell is Rebecca Peters???

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  4. Bartholomew Roberts

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    Rebecca Peters is the woman who wants to export Australian gun control law to the United States - and who thinks Australian gun control law (no semi-autos, no guns for self-defence, licensing, registration, etc.) is too lax.
     
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    A woman with BAD tastes in clothing!
     
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    Give me Liberty or give me Death! It was meaningful then and it still is today.
    It is not about your guns it has always been about your freedom!
     
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    I'd never heard of her before this article, and I'd just as soon not hear from her again. Keep Australian laws in Australia.

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    Of some interest is how in the US, as bad as it's getting, politicians, and even viable gun controllers, can't openly talk about what they want.

    They can't insult gunowners directly, just the NRA.

    They can't say they want to ban guns openly - they'll do it; but they'll be "for sportsmen" and the second amendment and all that.

    Still, I do note that Peters represented the gun confiscation that occurred as merely being registration (yeah, except they won't let you register your gun you have to let them buy it "back").
     
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    Those people just need to move away, and mind thier own business.
     
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    Question: Who is financially supporting Rebecca Peters? Where is she getting funding, how does she pay the bills?
     
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    The problem isnt her so much as the people willing to swallow her lies and act on her crappy suggestions. Fix them and she is nobody.

    Who says she has that much financial support? IANSA is a nothing agency that only has any authority because a bunch of dimwits accept her nonsense as fact. Attending conferences and setting up a few web pages is something high school students could do in their spare time. The real support comes from a century of fabian-style incremental socialism in the UK and commonwealths that has indirectly lead to enthusiasm for banning guns in the civilian population.

    They basically think they know best for society and society quietly obeys with a stiff upper lip becuase they secretly agree. Basically nations made of obedient, empty-headed cowards. And this could become us if we do not fight back early (politically) and also take efforts to prevent our school system from polluting the minds of our children.
     
  12. Waitone

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    Google up "International Action Network on Small Arms". The organization is tied closely to the UN and its designs on small arms trafficing. She is a protoge (?sp) of George Soros. Those who have seen her work deem her to be bad news. She is quite literally the front man for worldwide civilian disarmament. She won in Australia and lost in Brazil. She will not go away as long as her financial and political support remains as strong as it is.
     
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    Good point about Soros. This guy is the Dark Presence behind a lot of the "progressive idealism" that just won't quit.

    We need a deep-pockets Soros-type on our team.
     
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    Look up Koch Industries. They are out there.
     
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    I think ballot box time has passed.

    Beerslurpy. I don't think the ballot box will be able to maintain our freedom. Unless there is a miracle the only people winning elections are going to be Republican corpgav crooks or Leftist Democrats. Neither of which want to maintain a people's right to bear arms.

    Honestly I hope they ban all guns here. All of em single shot .22 bring it in handgun the scoped hunting rifle and of course the EBR's.

    That will be the only way we get to stay a free country. Every day it is put off is a day that more old timer's die off and are replaced with the progressively worse generations of sniveling whiners. Whose only care in the world is American Idle and fresh batteries for their I-Pods.
     
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    That is hardly accurate. I could turn it around and say that older people are nothing but lazy wanna-be socialists who are mostly concerned with sucking more money out of social security than they put in (compounding interest taken into account), feel entitled to free medical care, and want an endless supply of taxpayer purchased medicine to gobble up when they feel bored. I would not say such a thing, however, because it is as incorrect as your cynical assessment.
     
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    Oh the old timer's I refer to are not "baby boomer's".
     
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    O, you meant the old timers that gave us FDR, the New Deal and the final death throes of states rights under the guise of an expanded commerce clause? ;)
     
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    Really. Everyone I know of the Gen-X and Y group is busily clawing their way through an absolutely ruthless business world to survive, one that LACKS the pensions and cushy retirement-is-guaranteed-if-loyal security of previous generations, where any day your job might be outsourced to India, so you have to keep training to be able to wear other hats if that happens.

    I think we have a lot LESS than the baby boomers OR the generation before did...they took for granted all sorts of cheap healthcare and assured pensions that are now myths of the past to us.

    So I think that attitude is misplaced. The current workplace is a much more vicious, everyone's-a-free-agent mercenary place than that of our parents or grandparents was. There's no such thing as cushy office jobs for life unless you're at the absolute top. If not, you're a "resource", and need to watch your back every second.

    Hardly something for whiners.
     
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    Right!

    "Question: Who is financially supporting Rebecca Peters? Where is she getting funding, how does she pay the bills?"


    EXACTLY!
    Find out where her money comes from, and we will find out who is behind the global enslavement movement.
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    I would know I'm 31. It is ruthless and there is no security. But the fact remains that the schools are teaching conformity. That people are taught not to question authority. And as the people that know to question authority die off all the ones that are busy with modern bread and circuses are losing their rights right under their nose.

    My job security is that I am a tradesman my boss doesn't control my means of production. If I quit I have the tools to walk into any house or restaurant and fix their equipment (sometimes even without hand tools). I have no loyalty to my employer just as they have no loyalty to me.

    I feel sorry for office workers who not only can't compete with the Indians. But once they lose their office job are back to square one, no marketable skills.
     
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    I cannot believe that anyone really thinks that if you take away guns,crime will disappear. I own more than a few "military-style" rifles rifles and *gasp* handguns and I have no desire to shoot anything but coffee cans and targets. Peters can take herself and her semi-retarded lesbian haircut back to wherever she's from.
     
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    Wayne Lapierre publicly debated Rebecca Peters, forcing her to show her hand, and then basically spanked her up and down the debate stage.

    Thing is, one of the conditions of victory is that the vanquished understand that they are defeated. Ms. Peters stubbornly refuses to acknowledge this, and so she soldiers on, with the UN and Soros at her back.
     
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    Watch the debate, if you can - world class act by Wayne LaPierre.
    Rebecca Peters said her ideal firearm would be a single shot incapable of firing more than 100 yards...a spring powered BB gun might fit that bill, but even Red Ryders are repeaters.

    She should stay on the other side of the ocean,but wont. She's "right" and we're "wrong", and she knows it, so her crusade of seflrighteousness continues, funded by the deep pocket UN lovers.
     
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    Kodiaz....you want the next revolution to kick off before the Old Timers are all gone?

    And when you say Old Timers, you don't mean "baby boomers?"

    So you really, seriously think that a bunch of late 80 to 90-something year old WWII vets could stand a freakin' chance against a well-armed pack of determined Cub Scouts?

    Would the old timers be using their assault walkers and super secret stealth canes? Or would the old timers put up a mighty fight until they ran out of heart pills and denture cream?

    Kodiaz, have you been putting that cheap street crank in your Metamucil again?

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