That's what it says. Glad you could make it. There's
so much material on the Net, it's a special pleasure
that you've come here to have a look around, and
extra special you've dug this far.
Earlier today, the Secretary
telephoned me and asked me, for the purposes of his
putting an article in the next newsletter, what the aim
of the Website was. For a moment or three, I
just didn't know what to tell him.
There's so much material on the
internet about Weapons, and Weapons Collecting, it
is almost impossible to come up with a fresh
formula. I explained to him that I was trying to
develop a Community Site,
but with a sharp edge.
He bought it!
One of the first things I must
disclose is that I am neither an Arms Collector,
nor a Gun Nut. I've always had a comfortable
relationship with weapons, but I was never fixated
by them. My friends collected, and they were a
harmless enough lot. As it often happens, the
years drifted us apart and we went on to other
lifetimes and pastimes. And through all those years,
I can't ever recall a single instance of the misuse
of a weapon, except for X, who managed to botch his
suicide by shooting himself with a Luger.
Everyone who knows X already knew he was a hard
case, even before he laid his eyes on his first
weapon. Some who knew X better than I even said that
he should have done it with a real gun instead of a
Luger, and done us all a favour. All I can say is
that at least he didn't connect the hosepipe to the
exhaust of his car, which is is how I have lost more
of my friends, though somewhat more difficult to
hold up a liquor store with.
The last few years have seen me
developing some websites, editing a few military
history books, and still trying to write one. I
became aware of the Guild and its aims, and I felt
that it had valid things to say, and the members I'd
met were pretty good folk, even though they might
have been a bit paranoid.
The problem was that the more I
learned of their experiences, the less I began to
think of them as paranoid. Gradually, ever so
gradually, I too came to believe that there really
was someone out there who had put them on an
"enemies list", and that someone was....ah, that
would be telling.
OK, I'll tell. It was the Government.
At the risk of having you consider me
paranoid, let me tell you about "The Government."
You know "The Government."
They're that bunch we voted for, and who let us
They are the bunch who so loved us,
and so desired to protect us from the Red Menace,
they exploded more atom bombs and hydrogen bombs on
our country than the Russians ever did. They so
loved us, and so desired to protect us from the
evils of racism, they adopted an immigration policy
to keep out every race that was not white.
I'm sure I could come up with other
examples, if I tried, but my point is that
Governments do some pretty horrific things to
us in the name of "peace, order and good
This is hardly an Australian thing.
It's been going on throughout history.
When I was going through some hard
times, I had mulled over writing a 'modern prayer.'
I don't think you'll ever find it in your Book of
Common Prayer any time soon, but here's what I came
That about sums it up for my trust
in human institutions. They're fallible, every
arrogant, opinionated, self-justifying,
self-perpetuating, power-hungry son-of-a-bitchin'
one of them.
Which is partially why you are
reading this website.
I have long believed that had the
miners won at the Eureka Stockade, we might have had
a chance at creating a democracy more in the
American model, where the theoretical justification
of political power flowed was that it flowed from
the people and empowered the government (in
comparison with the English model in which political
power flowed from the Crown as the source of all
power, right and magnificence down upon the unworthy
people) and we would not still be wondering about
why Australia still isn't a republic.
Perhaps it's because we don't yet
understand the 'Liberty' which it takes to
become a Republic, because we've never made the
effort to examine its nature, so sated are we by
bread and circuses.
Not only do we not understand
'Liberty,' we don't even understand that it is
'The Government' which has, by supreme
legerdemain, diverted our attention into believing
that we have nothing to fear from its righteous
governance in lieu of it.
Australian gun owners have to realize that if they bleat "The
Coppers are taking our guns", not only will no one
listen, there will be a group of people who shall
applaud them and say "It's about time, too!" The message that responsible gun
owners must communicate is "Government employees are
conniving to take your liberty, and your freedom, one step at a
time," and then it might dawn upon the dim general public that there is some truth in what we have been saying, after
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