Big Gunworld Australia sign at the southern entrance to Gympie
Big Gunworld Australia sign at the southern entrance to Gympie Scott Kovacevic

Police and media have a bias against gun owners

Letter to the Editor

QUEENSLAND Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has called for the removal of billboard signs advertising a gift-wrapped hand gun with the slogan "What's under your Christmas tree this year?”

Other controversial signs advertising Gun World Australia.
Other controversial signs advertising Gun World Australia. Contributed

(This is connected to) a "controversial sign” at Gympie, of a shot gun with the caption "Start the year with a bang”.

Gun World Australia sign outside Gympie.
Gun World Australia sign outside Gympie. Scott Kovacevic

I have no connection with the signs' owner, but I have been a legal rifle user and owner since school age and licensed to use pistols and rifles since licencing's introduction.

Included were military automatic Bren, Owen and Sten guns and explosives, as a cadet during the latter part of WWII and National Service in 1952.

Survey results over what Gympie Times readers felt about the Gunworld Sign at Gympie's south entrance.
Survey results over what Gympie Times readers felt about the Gunworld Sign at Gympie's south entrance. The Gympie Times

I never saw an injury occur with a firearm, but many as a panel beater and tow-truck driver; almost always by licensed drivers.

I've no doubt that Commissioner Stewart has seen at least as much or more than I have.

Commissioner Stewart and the media have a bias against all firearm owners.

If their bias was extended to the removal of the greater source of pain and damage cost, there would be no motor vehicles but quite a lot of firearms!

Controversial Gun World Australia billboard on the Sunshine Coast in February 2018.
Controversial Gun World Australia billboard on the Sunshine Coast in February 2018. ABC

The Commissioner and the media are entitled to their opinions.

Me too; but mine would produce the safer, cheaper result.

Shooting inanimate targets is a great, exacting sport. Shooters destroying pest animals is efficient and more humane than poisons, traps and also commercial abattoirs.

FRANK DAVIS

Nambour

Gympie Times


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