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The Coalition of Law Abiding Sporting Shooters (C.L.A.S.S.) is a group of Australians fed up with the abuse of power by the ruling class of Australia: our politicians, public servants and media. We are not a shooting club. We are not a political party. We are a group of concerned Australians contributing to the public discourse on guns and power in our country. We are volunteers serving our community. Most of all, we are sick and tired of the blame game practiced by state and federal politicians.
We look for ways to move the debate on guns toward evidence-based, fair measures which limit violence, while returning to decent Australians the right to go freely about their business. We publicise unbiased research and statistics that add to the debate. We publicise the inherent bias of many in the media.
Visit our Opinion and Research page for more.
John Howard loses another federal election! It is my firm belief that the Liberal Party would have emerged from this election a clear winner with a workable majority had it not been for the legacy of John Howard.
When John Howard engineered the “Gun Grabs” he alienated hundreds of thousands of former Liberal voters. Read More...
Gun Control Obsession. "Mr. Crook has not recently fallen into mental illness; his ideas were always fantastical. In libraries across the country, a snowstorm of badly-photocopied booklets show his weird obsession that ordinary sportspeople are really killers proven and convicted." Read More...
In Defence of Shooting. "The Australian Shooting Associations should learn from the advertising campaign conducted by the Mining Lobby which so frightened the governing Australian Labor Party (ALP) that it conducted what has been described as a 'brutal political coup' and installed a new prime minister." Read More...
Private Encroachments. "The assumption that the
government is entitled to own all the guns
while the people have none is consistent with the concept of the unaccountable sovereign."
CLASS supports the NSW Game Bill Amendment 2009: The Coalition of Law Abiding Sporting Shooters Inc (CLASS) fully endorses the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill 2009, which has been tabled in NSW Parliament. In supporting the bill, presented by The Shooters Party, CLASS acknowledges the importance of allowing access to National Parks by licensed and qualified sporting shooters.
Unintended Consequences: (part 1)
In 1972 the Irish Republic instigated an order, since deemed illegal, to arbitrarily confiscate all privately owned centre-fire rifles and handguns other than .22/250 rifles. This paper illustrates the unintended, tragic consequences of this action.
Unintended Consequences (Part 2):
Many decisions, taken without due consider-qtion, give rise to 'unintended con-sequences', (Politics is often given over to the rise of "unintended con-sequences") one of which is the total loss of experience with firearms that may have led to the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of a police officer during firearms training in Britain. Read More
CLASS President replies to Tim Fischer on "Howard's Legacy" in the Australian Financial Review. Read More
WiSH fact sheet: Firearms theft in Australia is extremely low and the incidence of stolen firearm use in crime is statistically insignificant. Read More
US website Q. and A. on Australian values: With a focus on gun ownership.
Q1: Hunting, I’m told, is safer than table tennis, so why are hunters treated like “red necks” even if they’re Africans?
A: Red neck is a term of derision used by 'progressives' to refer to those they disagree with. Progressives disapprove of hunting. Read More...
It is time to call vicious, undeserved prejudice for what it is. In his opinion piece of 20 October 2007, the SA Director of Public Prosecutions tried to whip up this nasty emotionalism against his neighbours. He heaps a storm of abusive language on his targets, he contrasts them with saintly police, doctors, mothers and children; he rhetorically joins his targets to ‘men of violence’.
Stephen Pallaras, S.A.'s DPP's has made it his mission of the week to get rid of guns in South Australia. He has been criticized by many in the state for the lack of evidence that his proposal will have any practical effect on the criminal misuse of guns. Mr Palllar--as says that if there were no guns, there would be no criminal misuse of them. And if there were no cars there would be no criminal misuse of them.
What he really means is that licenced gun owners must continue to be blamed for the misdeeds of criminals. Read Gun owners are not the enemy,
(Link at top of page).
Recently the Media carried variations of the headline, “Tighten firearms licences: NSW coroner”. The story related to the tragic murder of his family by a father Read More...
Did banning Firearms reduce Murder and Suicide? You’ve heard the bogus statistics, skewed studies and incompatible comparisons that the anti-gun lobby and the media elite endlessly repeat ad nauseum in their propaganda...now read the truth. Read the Truth...
Gun control in the United States and elsewhere:
Gun control successes in the United States, should they eventuate, will impact adversely on shooters everywhere. We believe that those who think otherwise are seriously misinformed. Read More...
Prohibition and Gun Control:
I wonder if anyone can tell me who said this: “We will find any means we can to further restrict them because I hate guns."
Poison Pill: An essay by Dave Kopel. When banning guns gets tough...ban gun owners. Read More...
Growing up about political disagreement: Comment by Chris Allen. Read More
Unintended Consequences:r and his subsequent suicide by shooting. He stabbed and suffocated his wife and suffocated his two small children. A deputy NSW coroner included a recommendation that the procedure for issuing firearm licences be tightened. Read an article in a Canadian newspaper: Gun owners are not the enemy. They're not criminals, either!
Ideas Kill: Science and the Massacre The root cause of the rash of massacres has been identified by forensic psychiatrists.
Guns and Politics in Australian Society collecting articles to establish a broad picture of the politics of guns.
-Evaluating AIC Research
The National Coalition for Gun Control: Who are they? Are they a committee of one and a fax machine?
A new study published in the prestigious British Journal of Criminology finds that the Buyback had no benefit in reducing Australia's murder rate. Sadly, the AAP article on this appears to be recycled NCGC misdirection. The flaws in the article are:
(1) The article labels the researchers 'pro-gun lobbyists', and fails to consistently use Dr Baker's correct title.
(2) The article claims that other research shows differently, but no reference is provided to this 'research'.
(3) The article gives ban recreational guns.the last word to 'Sydney university professor Simon Chapman', but does not say that Chapman is a gun control activist who helped lead the campaign to
Buyback Had No Effect on Murder Rate The Buyback did not produce benefits clear enough to measure.
CLASS President Peter Whelan, and others, have replied to the Chapman-Alpers paper on the IP website. Read more
Reply to Chapman/Alpers Paper by Drs Jeanine Baker and Samara McPhedran
Email the authors' for a copy
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