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Coalition & Labor now want to “Crack down on weapons”

Posted in Weapon politics, Weapons with tags , , , , on July 29, 2010 by unknown1730

Tony Abbott has promised to spend $179 million to tackle organised gangs and knife crime if the Coalition is elected to government.

Mr Abbott made the announcement on the campaign trail in Melbourne today.

He said the Coalition would target gang crime with a national squad and database.

And he said the Coalition would toughen penalties for those caught carrying knives and increase restrictions on knife imports.

“The current Government has let our country down when it comes to policing,” he said.

“Knives are helping to make our streets far less safe.”

Although law and order is a state issue, shadow attorney-general George Brandis said more could be done nationally to stop organised crime.

“Increasingly people see crime as a national problem,” he said.

Mr Abbott’s pledge coincides with the Government’s own announcement on weapons imports.

Under tougher rules announced by the Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Connor, people will be unable to import items such as flick knives, Tasers and knuckledusters unless they can show they have a legitimate use for the weapons.

“These things have come into this country – it’s really important we restrict the capacity for that to happen,” Mr O’Connor said.

p>”If we can restrict the access, if we can make it really hard for people to access these weapons, we just reduce the likelihood of people possessing them and of course committing certain assaults.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/29/2967608.htm

My god! If anything I am sick of hearing from politicians, I am sick and tired of hearing how they will “crackdown on weapons” yet they won’t do A THING towards youth violence or gang violence. It’s like some sort of band-aid solution to a problem they aren’t thinking to the problem logically (Then again, when was the last time politicians did anything right!).

Another problem with the crackdown on “weapons” is that majority of the weapons they “crackdown” on are the ones LEAST USED in the streets. Flick Knives (switchblade for you Americans) , Balisongs, Daggers are most likely not used AS MUCH AS kitchen knives, screwdrivers or even ballpoint pens. They have said it over and over again when they do the “so called” weapons amnesty or announcing the weapons seized from the idiot stop and searches that kitchen knives are the no. 1 seized weapons.

However the media and politicians like to fabricate to the masses that most of the weapons used in attacks are $800 microtech OTF flick-knives/switchblades or $150 Benchmade griptillians (Which most who buy them, buy over the internet) rather than the $2 steak knife that is on many peoples knife blocks.

Then again, elections are coming up and this can easily win the votes of the ignorant in todays world. Oh well, we all know that its all for the votes and political power which politicians care about the most.

Oh and before I forget, I have one question for those banning these exotic knives and other weapons (I am not refering to firearms in this article), how do you ban this? (Which can be made from parts bought at hardware stores and various suppliers)