'They Have Started Mounting Raids to Retrieve Firearms'
By Vin Suprynowicz
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
Americans who warn that gun registration leads inevitably to
confiscation are usually dubbed "paranoid."
In 1992, Australia enacted mandatory gun registration. In 1996,
Australia proceeded to enact laws banning all semi-auto weapons of 22
caliber and larger. All such firearms are to be confiscated and
destroyed, under a 12-month amnesty program.
Noting that 7,000 United States Marines have been stationed in
Australia since July 31, 1995, supposedly for training, one
Australian wrote me recently, contending our Marines are there "quite
probably to assist the Australian government in forceful and violent
confiscation of weapons at or before the end of the amnesty period."
While that fear may be overblown, I did think readers might be
interested in this May 9 posting from Australian Carolyn Dillon
"Good day to you. ... I am in Australia and the amnesty is
finished. Stick up for your rights now! Speaking out is easier than
what we now face here.
"Gun owners who did not comply with new regulations in Australia
are now faced with the fact that their name is flagged on govt.
computers, (and) they are liable to four years imprisonment and a
fine that is about the cost of an average house.
"Those with firearms licences and those who did not hand in their
weapons are liable to search of person or premises without warrant.
"People cannot organise because what the govt. has done is now
legislated, enacted law. Therefore any attempt to communicate or
organise is liable to the charge of subversion. If an individual says
to another 'I would suggest that you do not hand in your firearm,'
the speaker may be charged with subverting another to commit a
"They have started mounting raids to retrieve firearms and this
is likely to intensify.
"WHATEVER YOU GUYS DO, FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T REGISTER YOUR
WEAPONS. It really is happening and it seems to be global.
"U.S. brothers, watch your six. If you don't with the politicians
then you will have to watch it for real against your own troopers.
"Australia to America: God bless you and pray for us poor
bastards down under."
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That "global" business sounded a bit high-strung, until S.T. in
Utah forwarded the following report by Elizabeth Fullerton of
"U.N. presses for action on worldwide gun control
"VIENNA, May 5 (Reuter) -- Momentum is gathering for worldwide
action on gun control to stem the increasing number of deaths from
firearms among civilians, a U.N. crime body said on Monday.
"The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal
Justice is expected to approve a resolution this week to urge
countries to impose tighter restrictions on gun ownership and
" 'We strongly believe that effective national regulation is
important to international controls, particularly on the illicit
movement of small arms,' Australian commission delegate Daryl Smeaton
told Reuters. ...
"Smeaton said there was no plan for a legally binding convention
on gun control but that the resolution looked likely to have broad
support from member states, including the United States, despite
pressure from the powerful gun lobby. ...
" 'At this stage we understand that the U.S. will be able to
support the resolution as it is drafted and that is a very, very
encouraging sign,' Smeaton said."
# # #
Recently, I dated the start of the great witch-hunts of the 16th
century to the 1486 publication of the book "Malleus Maleficarum,"
which I attributed to Pope Innocent IV.
Let us now recall the importance of "looking it up."
"Malleus Maleficarum" -- "The Hammer of Witches" -- was indeed
the book that launched the massive witch hysteria. However, the book
was authored by two ethically-challenged Dominicans, Heinrich Kramer
and Jakob Sprenger, who inserted the 1484 bull "Summis desiderantes
affectibus" (issued by Pope Innocent VIII) as a foreward to their
work, creating the impression that the current Pope had fully
endorsed their efforts.
All three certainly share the blame for tossing aside the
safeguards of the Canon Episcopi, allowing the Burning Times to
As to whether the instructions to Christian clerics to sensibly
dismiss charges of witchcraft as so much fantasy -- the section of
the church law which became known as the Canon Episcopi -- really
dates from the early church counsels at Ancyra and Nicea, or were in
fact inserted by the canonist Regino of Prum around 906 A.D., we may
perhaps leave to another day.
# # #
And while I was busy getting things wrong, I recently wrote that
in Nevada, concealed handgun permits are issued only for a single
weapon, by serial number.
A number of readers wrote in to remind me that -- gun owners
having complained that they need a lighter-weight pistol during
Nevada's broiling summers -- Nevada actually permits the gun owner to
list two guns on the "carry" permit, by make and model.
Vin Suprynowicz is the assistant editorial page editor of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal. The web site for the Suprynowicz column is at
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