John Howard Still Wants Your Guns 25 Years On
Every six months, John Howard reminds Law Abiding Firearm Owners that he still wants your guns. Twenty-five years on, statistics still show that registered and licensed firearms owners are such an insignificant contributor to gun crime that they shouldn't even raise a mention.
The Land reported former Prime Minister John Howard has urged the state governments not to water down gun laws 25 years on from the Port Arthur massacre.
Mr Howard said there had been "nibbling at the margins" of the nation's gun control laws and he would be "openly hostile and campaign very strongly" against any further attempts to weaken them.
"We mustn't allow it to get frittered away; we mustn't,'' Mr Howard said.
"We got this right, we did the right thing by our people, we did make it a safer country.
"When we get something right as a country, we shouldn't be shy about recognising it and we should be willing to hang on to it."
With this debate came talks of a national firearms registry. Independent Senator Rex Patrick who wants to see tighter gun control said "The continuing absence of a national firearms register, something agreed in principle a quarter of a century ago, is a striking failure on the part of successive federal and state governments - Coalition and Labor," Senator Patrick said.
However, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said there was no need to strengthen gun laws because the "balance was right" and "the statistics prove that".
He also warns and has warned against demonising those that had guns and was open to farmers getting access to a larger range of firearms.
"They're a huge necessity, particularly in the agricultural sector, and there should be some common sense and gravity given to our primary producers," Mr Littleproud said.
"I think there's more of a case for our primary producers to have access to different weapons than those that live in metropolitan."
Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce said there was "enough gun control as it is".
"I live out in the country, where we work a rifle as a tool of trade and we have very stringent controls," Mr Joyce said.
"We just sometimes get the feeling that people don't want gun control, they want to actually ban them."
The statistics speak for themselves, gun control that involves licenced firearms owners is driven by scaremongering and agendas.