Must have gun elimination

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 May, 1996, 12:00am

The latest comments by the National Rifle Association (NRA) of the US that the problem with the massacre in Tasmania was that the tourists who were shot did not also have guns, is typical of a weak and inadequate group of people who presumably only feel like adults when playing with their deadly toys.

They also state that since Australia (and other countries) have tighter gun controls this makes it a less free country than America. What are they trying to say, that walking around with an AK 47 or having numerous powerful handguns at home is a freedom? It is nothing of the kind, it is an abomination which no civilised society should accept.

Presumably they are talking about the same freedoms that ensure that America with five per cent or the world's population absorbs 50 per cent of the world's drug supply and then blames everyone else for sending them there. That kind of freedom I can do without.

It is an infringement on freedom to have members of the public holding such weapons and the sooner politicians find the courage to get rid of them the better and to heck with the NRA and the other pathetic gun lobbies in whatever country.

How many more people have to be gunned down like this before someone does something? Gun control cannot work, only gun elimination can help.

IAN HENDRY Happy Valley