Rapist or violent muggers are unlikely to think twice before arming themselves with a knife or any other weapon they can get their hands on.
Meanwhile, law-abiding victims are forced to walk home late at night on lonely footpaths clutching nothing more than house keys between their white knuckles.
David Leyonhjelm, for one, doesn’t believe that’s right. In an effort to enable Australians the right to defend themselves, he hopes to chip away at NSW gun laws if elected to state parliament.
But he knows this is an uphill battle and is willing to settle for fighting to legalise personal tasers and pepper spray instead.
Bringing gun laws back to Australia
It’s the law that was abolished following the Port Arthur massacre, and since then, compared with our American neighbours, Australia’s been seen as a pretty peaceful place.
But when it comes to self-defence, there is only so much one can do to protect themselves.
And Leyonhjelm, who quit the Senate last week, holds the belief that off-duty police, experienced gun-club members and permit holders should be allowed the option to carry firearms for self-defence.
This would require a fair amount of wiggle room, considering the incredibly strict procurement and attainment laws that currently surround owning a firearm.
‘A good guy with a gun can deal with a bad guy with a gun,’ Leyonhjelm told the Australian Associated Press, taking inspiration from the NRA in the land of the free.
If achieving the attainment of a state upper house seat at the election on 23 March, gun laws will be just one of the many goals the former Liberal Democrat will hope to achieve.
Guns, vapes and pill testing
Mr Leyonhjelm is quite an outspoken man, but he holds no regrets over his actions in politics — even when it comes to his public feud with Sarah Hanson-Young.
AAP describes his office as being a true holder of personality — including two portraits of the 66-year-old (one being a cartoon of Leyonhjelm dressed in army green, holding a gun, marijuana and an ammunition belt armed with syringes. In it, he holds a cigar to a piece of paper labelled ‘carbon tax’), bookshelves organised into issues and opposition members, and most notably, a novelty mug.
It reads, ‘I’m not bossy, I just like telling people what to do.’
His current objectives for NSW are to legalise the act of vaping, the team shooting sport of Airsoft, and pill testing at festivals.
When it comes to relaxing gun laws, he knows it’s much easier said than done.
‘If I thought there was a chance of making progress on that I would,’ he said.
‘But frankly you know Australians are such fraidy cats when it comes to guns…I can’t see much chance of that occurring at the moment.’
But at the same time, he says his motivations are not purely for employment — casting aside the need for money or position.
He merely sees himself as a critical fit amongst the opponents, likening the outlook as ‘beige versus beige’.
He ridiculed both Gladys Berejiklian and Michael Daley for having a lack of personality.
He called Berejiklian ‘unexciting, uninteresting, unadventurous and extremely safe,’ with Daley being not far from different.
Leyonhjelm may just find many on his side for the legalisation of a simple and relatively non-threatening device like pepper spray for citizens.
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