Former Australian Police Officer and prominent Port Arthur Massacre researcher Andrew MacGregor will discuss his research on the October 29 edition of Real Politik with James Tracy.
Mr. MacGregor maintains that Australia is years ahead of the United States in the how the enforcement of international gun control measures proceeds.
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that the present situation in Australia in regard to the criminal events such as the recent spate of ‘Drive-by’ shootings in Sydney is the continuation of the same events dating from 1987 when the Australian Federal Government attempted to usurp the various State and Territory rights in regards to firearms.
That the 97 per cent of all firearms stolen from ‘Licensed Firearm Owners’ in Australia in the past ten years have never been recovered simply means that these firearms were never the target of ‘Criminal’ gangs who would never use that type of firearm, thus the only other alternative has to be an organisation that has the intent to remove these firearms from the community.
That while the various State and Territory Police Firearm Registry Databases are well protected and secure within their States and Territories, it is the Federal Firearm Registry Database that is leaking information. That those leaks are going to the ‘anti-gun’ lobby is relevant. It is the ‘anti-gun’ lobby that has the intent to remove firearms from the community.
That the theft of ‘firearms’ is not localised but Australia wide demonstrates the impossibility of ‘Criminal’ gangs committing these thefts, as well as the fact that these ‘firearms’ have never been recovered in any of the ‘Police’ raids on such Criminal gangs, nor is there in reality any market for that quantity or style of stolen ‘firearms’, which again simply demonstrates that these thefts are being conducted by an organisation other than the ‘Criminal Element’ in Australia; which has the intent to remove firearms from the community.
That the presence of unregistered and totally unknown handguns including ‘Uzi’ machine guns in the possession of ‘Criminal’ gangs demonstrates the source of these firearms to be outside Australia, that is, that these weapons have been smuggled into Australia by various means which is the only area that the Federal Government has ‘constitutional’ control over, and that the Australian Federal Government is totally incapable of proper management of this arena, and thus would be totally incapable of dealing with any criminal activities in regards to firearms, but that has never been the ‘agenda’ of the organisation that has the intent to remove firearms from only the law-abiding community.
-Andrew S. MacGregor
The AIC, the GCA and the Theft of Firearms in Australia
In my previous article on the ‘Theft of Firearms in New South Wales’ I inadvertently made an incorrect statement in regard to Ms Samantha Lee being; “It has previously been demonstrated that Samantha Lee is the only member of ‘Gun Control Australia’.”
This belief was founded on this 2004 paragraph in a March 2004 article. Last Monday morning, March 22, Mike Jefferys, who does the breakfast programme on 2CC Canberra, interviewed Samantha Lee about the launch. When he asked her who the NCGC actually were, and how many of there were, she hedged. When he put it to her that she was the only member, she replied, “Maybe I’ve just got a loud voice.”
John Crook’s Gun Control
The ‘Lobby group’ Gun Control Australia was originally formed by the anti-firearm activist, John Crook of ‘Ross House’ in Flinders Lane Melbourne in the late 1970’s.
“GCA (John Crook) has claimed that the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA), a federated group of sporting clubs (with over 150,000 members at 2013) is ‘extremist’ and ‘pro-violence’.In 1995 GCA (John Crook) were taken to court for this comment.GCA’s lawyers defended the case successfully on the then-new basis that they were engaging in constitutionally-protected free speech. The judge stated that: “In his opening for the plaintiff, Mr Wilson described Crook as a zealot – a description I regard as being only slightly exaggerated. In the considerable time he spent in the witness box, Crook gave the impression of being particularly dedicated to, and almost obsessed with the subject of gun control.” [WIKIPEDIA]
What ‘Wikipedia’ does not inform the reader was that John Crook called on a personal friend, Daryl Smeaton to give character evidence on his behalf. At the time, Daryl Smeaton was a senior Public Servant working in the Federal Attorney Generals Department in the very same section that housed the NCV and the AIC. The position Daryl Smeaton held at this particular time was; ‘Secretary of the Australasian Police Minister’s Council, the ‘Executive member of CLEB’ (Commonwealth Law Enforcement Board) as well as the Senior Political Advisor to Senators Michael Tate and Duncan Kerr. He was also to become the Federal Government’s delegate to the United Nations Crime Prevention Commission.
It was Daryl Smeaton who presented to the various state Police Ministers at the Australasian Police Ministers Council, the new ‘National Firearms Laws’ for discussion on the 10th of November 1995.
Ms Samantha Lee joined the ‘National Coalition for Gun Control’ in the latter part of the 1990’s after the founder, the American Rebecca Peters returned to America and the NCGC leadership was passed onto another American, Randy Marshall. In 2002, at the time of the Monash University shooting by Xiang, Ms Lee was calling herself a ‘spokesperson for the United Nations’.
In 2006, Ms Samantha Lee joined with the Tasmanian Roland Browne, claiming Co-chair status of the NCGC when they started calling for stricter legislation for handgun control. The role of ‘spokesperson’ was then passed to Melbourne based, the Rev. Tim Costello, the brother of the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello.
In July, 2012 the NCGC merged with John Crook’s GCA and John Crook remained the President of GCA, and Ms Lee and Roland Browne retained their positions of ‘Spokespersons’, along with Rhonda Collins. In fact these persons are the only members of GCA, and the initial summarisation of Ms Lee’s position with the NCGC in 2004 was that she was the only member of the NCGC in New South Wales.
The Australian Institute of Criminology
[‘Information and Research Service’ After Port Arthur: issues of gun control in Australia.” May 1996]
“The Hoddle Street and Queen Street mass killings in Victoria in 1987 provoked a great amount of community concern and resulted in the establishment of the National Committee on Violence (NCV). The NCV made 17 recommendations relating to firearms. Many of these, including a recommendation for uniform firearm laws in Australia, have not been implemented. Once again, Australians must consider the need for a concerted, national approach to firearms control, what that approach should entail and how it should be implemented. The lethal use of firearms is a dramatic indication of violence in society. Evidence suggests that the availability of guns increases the likelihood of death in cases of assault, self-inflicted injury and accident.” The NCV was initiated by the 1987 Federal Government, established in October 1988, and housed within the Federal Attorney General’s Department.
What we are told in this ‘paper’ issued by the Australian Federal Government’s ‘Information and Research Service’ is that all the various ‘Lone-nut gun massacres’ that occurred in Australia from 1987 to 1996 were to be used by the Federal government to usurp the States and Territories rights in regard to Firearm control. How are we told this? Well just exactly what does the term, ‘a concerted national approach to firearm control’ actually mean? Furthermore the National Committee on Violence which was formed after Barry Unsworth’s infamous quote, “We will never have uniform gun laws in Australia until there is a massacre in Tasmania’, was housed in the Federal Attorney Generals Department.
The connection between the NCV and the AIC
“As already stated, the AIC (Australian Institute of Criminology) signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the UN division (UNICRI) that is foremost involved with implementing gun control regulations worldwide. The person who signed that MoU was Duncan Chappell, the Director of the AIC. The signing of that MoU took place just three months before the convening of the National Committee on Violence (NCV) in October 1988. The NCV is the origin of the “tough new gun laws” in Australia. Duncan Chappell was not only the Director of the AIC; he was also the Chairman of the NCV. Later, after leaving the AIC, he went overseas and worked with his friends at UNICRI”. (Gunrunner by T Shulze)
So it appears that the AIC has always been a department of the Federal Attorney General’s Department. The links between the AIC and the NCV should now extend not only to the United Nations but also to the Federal Attorney General’s Department.
We also have a direct link between the GCA, John Crook and Daryl Smeaton and the 1995’s ‘National Firearm laws emanating from the NCV once John Crook’s 1995 court case is considered.
Credibility of AIC’s research on firearm laws
In the article; “ANALYSIS FOR THE FUTURE OF NEW SOUTH WALES FIREARM LAWS” by Terry Shulze, these observations were made.
The firearm targets of Rebecca Peters and Samantha Lee
In an article by Peters and Watson titled, “A breakthrough in gun control in Australia after the Port Arthur Massacre” there are some interesting little snippets of information such as;
“The death toll of 35 represents almost 50% of total firearm homicides for the entire country in an average year.” (This demonstrates that the pre-existing firearm laws were competent in providing protection for Australian citizens.)
Another gem is; “Handguns are strictly controlled and cause fewer than 40 deaths each year. However ownership of rifles and shotguns is fairly high, around four million guns in a population of 18 million”. (In other words handguns, which are strictly controlled and yet cause a similar number of deaths as Port Arthur each year, are fine, but rifles and shotguns are not! Figure that one out for yourself.)
“Australia has about 600 firearm deaths per year, accounting for one in 13 of all injury deaths. Eighty per cent of gun deaths are suicides. Handguns are strictly controlled and cause fewer than 40 deaths each year. However ownership of rifles and shotguns is fairly high around four million guns in a population of 18 million.”
What people can quite clearly see is that the specific targets of Rebecca Peters and her NCGC were the removal of high powered semi-automatic rifles and shotguns within Australia and the total registration of ‘ALL’ firearms and owners within Australia on a ‘National’ database. This was the No 1 priority on the National plan.
Think of it in this manner; For the NCGC, the Port Arthur massacre was all about removing rifles and shotguns, just the same as the August 1987 Hungerford UK massacre by Michael Ryan, much the same as the Hoddle Street and Queen Street massacres in 1987 were supposed to have the States cede their powers to the Commonwealth so that Australia would have ‘Uniform gun laws’. Then, much later there was to be another massacre as per Dunblane UK in March 1996 which was to remove handguns from the British general public.
Now are you able to comprehend exactly how Roland Browne of the NCGC was able to ‘predict the Port Arthur massacre in November 1995 and in March 1996, and that the NCGC Professor Simon Chapman endorsed those ‘predictions’ on the 29th April 1996!
The Australian equivalent massacre to Dunblane was to occur at the Monash University in October 2002, but due to civilian intervention, that planned massacre never passed the ‘massacre standard’ of 4 or more victims. Another ‘handgun massacre’ was ‘predicted’ by Samantha Lee and Roland Browne in April 2006, but had to be discarded due to public awareness.
10. Owners of prohibited weapons will have twelve months to surrender them for fair compensation, funded out of an increase in the Medicare levy (the universal tax surcharge that funds Australia’s health care system).
Samantha Lee’s ‘gun agenda’
What we can see here is that Rebecca Peters initiated ‘stage 1’ of the anti-gun agenda. ‘Stage 2’ was to be implemented with the Monash University shooting.
On the 21st of October 2002 Huan Yun Xiang opened fire with a handgun during an economics class at the Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria. He killed two Asian students and wounded five others before another student grabbed him and with the help of the lecturer, Lee Gordon-Brown, disarmed Xiang. Xiang later told his ‘controller’ Assoc. Professor Brett Inder that “it was all I could do!” The one handgun then evolved into five handguns that Xiang had been legally permitted to buy due to a ‘change’ in the new handgun laws.
Approximately two months after the Monash University shooting, both Assoc. Professor Brett Inder and Samantha Lee were mentioned in the MSM in regards to comments on a container-load of Beretta handguns due to arrive in Australia. The anti-gun Professor Paul E. Mullen was a lecturer at the Monash University.
In April 2006, on the tenth anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre, both Samantha Lee and Roland Browne, being spokespersons for the NCGC, again predicted a ‘possible massacre’ with a handgun.
However several persons opposed to the NCGC agenda then wrote warning of a potential massacre at a school, possibly within Melbourne, and circulated those warnings. Those ‘Lone-nut gun massacres/shootings’ then took place in Montreal, Canada, at universities in America and including the massacre at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania on the 2nd of October, 2006 where five Amish schoolgirls were murdered and another five wounded with the ‘Lone-nut’ gunman, Charles Carl Roberts then committing suicide. Then to finalise these massacres there was the ‘Lone-nut gunman’ style massacre at Virginia Tech Virginia on the 16th April 2007, by Cho Seung Hui, where 32 were killed with another 17 wounded.
So, in Australia from 2006 there was an apparent move away from massacres, with the NCGC continually stating that since Port Arthur and the ‘New Firearm laws’ there have been no more ‘gun massacres’, cleverly forgetting of course the East Melbourne Abortion Clinic and the Monash University attempted massacres.
What this should indicate is that the NCGC has changed its agenda. The agenda will still be on ‘handguns’, but it has to focus on other criminal activities such as ‘Bikie gangs, ‘Asian gangs’ and ‘Drug gangs’. The inferences here are ‘criminal activities’, but the reality is that there is only one major criminal element in Australia and that is the ‘Drug’ activities, as criminals are simply businessmen wanting to make a big profits, and of course without paying government taxes.
Now there are two types of drugs to be found in Australia, the ‘Home-grown’ and the ‘imported’. The ‘imported’ drug is naturally smuggled into Australia, and prior to 1996, along with the illicit drugs that were smuggled into Australia, there were also various handguns for the ‘druggies’ to defend their merchandise.
To negate this major stumbling block, the NCGC, the AIC and the Australian Federal Government, all require another source for the escalating number of illegal handguns in Australia. That source has to be within Australia itself, and thus the only source of illegal handguns in Australia must come from the public itself, and most notably, the licenced firearm owners.
This then begs the question; ‘just exactly how does these sections of the Australian Federal government get the ‘Drug’ criminals to start stealing the firearms from the licenced shooters in Australia?’ The answer is that they cannot as the ‘Drug’ criminals already have their own sources of firearms (smuggled). This leaves only one other alternative; Those sections within the Australian Federal Government connected with the ‘National Firearms Agenda’ have no choice but to steal the firearms themselves, or at least organise for their minions to commit the burglaries for them. But if some firearms are ‘stolen’ by ‘members of Bikie gangs’ then that should also denote a connection between that gang and that section of the Federal Government.
Theft of Firearms in New South Wales
To get some idea of exactly when the ‘theft of firearms’ began to get media attention, we should look at some media reports
12 March, 2010 Louise Hall3, “Heavily armed security guards alarm greens.” ‘In 2008-09, 585 firearms were stolen in NSW, an increase of 109 on the previous year’. ‘We know that quite a number of handguns are lost or stolen from security guards’ the President of Gun Control Australia, John Crook.
28 July 2013 Linton Besser2, “Suburban shootings tied to rise in handgun thefts” ‘A dramatic spike in the number of stolen handguns flowing on to Sydney’s black market may be linked to the added shootings across the city, experts say, with a 265 per cent increase last year in the theft of revolvers and pistols.’ ‘There were 711 firearms stolen last year in NSW, a rise of 36 per cent on 2009.’ ‘There were77 pistols and 18 revolvers stolen last year, compared with 19 and seven respectively a year earlier’.
Gun Control Australia spokeswoman Samantha Lee said theft was the main source of black-market firearms, along with ”rogue arms dealers selling them under the counter”. ”Both the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Australian Crime Commission have stated that there is very little evidence to prove that guns are coming in illegally across the border,” Ms Lee said. ”The legal gun market is fuelling the illegal gun market.”
The increasing number of illegal guns circulating in Sydney coincided with a push by the hunting and gun lobby to promote firearm ownership and to wind back landmark gun control measures.
6 February 2013 Sarah Kendell1, “Where can you buy an Uzi?” According to Samantha Bricknell of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), the most likely cause is the growing number of legal firearms acquired by recreational shooters. A 2008 amendment to licensing laws waived the 28-day waiting period for existing owners to acquire additional weapons — which essentially means there are more guns around to steal. “There has been an increase in the number of firearms being registered in the country and it seems to have been in the last five years,” Bricknell told NM. “We haven’t done any significant testing on this, but it may have been the reason [for the large theft numbers].”
Indeed, while the growth in legal firearms would seem the obvious reason for the state’s continually high gun theft rates, the AIC, which regularly monitors instances of firearms theft, says nothing in their data suggests legal owners are becoming more lax with gun storage.
“That rate hasn’t changed — in any given year, a quarter of owners who reported the theft of a firearm to police were deemed to be storage non-compliant. So while owners haven’t improved their compliance rate, it hasn’t gotten worse either.”
The ongoing discovery of weapons for which a licence is locally unobtainable — including an Uzi sub-machine gun discovered during a police raid in Campbelltown last weekend — would seem to suggest importation from overseas is continuing.
17 April 2012, “PM asked to join push against handguns”5 PRIME Minister Julia Gillard needs to step in and work with the states to ban semi-automatic handguns in response to Sydney’s plague of drive-by shootings, a gun control group says. The guns are the weapon of choice for criminals terrorising western Sydney because they are lightweight and easy to handle, says Samantha Lee, chair of the National Coalition for Gun Control.
13 October 2014, Bridie Jabour7 “Australia has 260,000 illegal firearms in circulation, Inquiry told” About 260,000 guns are on the Australian “grey” or black markets, an inquiry into illicit firearms has heard. They belong to people who did not register them after the stricter gun laws came in in 1996, or people had bought them illegally.
Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie focused on the fact that six out of 48,000 registered handguns had been stolen in Victoria in the past year, but more than 500 firearms had been stolen overall with rifles one of the more popular guns for thieves.
13 January 2012, Katherine Danks6 “A black market in stolen firearms” GUNS are finding their way on to the black market because registered owners are poorly trained and careless about the storage of their weapons, an anti-gun campaigner said. Gun Control Australia president John Crook said owners often believed “guns are an everyday thing” and failed to properly safeguard their firearms.
The University of Sydney’s School of Public Health website GunPolicy.org states there are 185,118 registered gun owners in NSW. Associate Professor Phillip Alpers said it is impossible to estimate the number of guns on the black market.
Australian Institute of Criminology data shows a total of 1570 firearms were stolen across all states and territories with the exception of Western Australia in 2008-09, with 592 guns stolen in NSW. The number of firearms reported stolen in Australia has risen by 6 per cent each year since 2004-05. The data found only 60 per cent of gun owners reporting theft in 2008-09 had correctly stored their weapon.
Data from media on stolen firearms
In 2010, Louise Hall says that 585 firearms were stolen in 2008-09 from NSW which was an increase of 109 in 2007-08 (476). However, in 2012, Katherine Danks gives us the figure of 592 for the same period of 2009-09 which is supposedly from the AIC. In 2012 we are told by Linton Besser 711 firearms stolen in NSW. From Mark Morri we get 578 firearms stolen in 2013-14.
Again from Katherine Danks we get the figures of firearms reported stolen in Australia has risen by 6 per cent each year since 2004-05. One would presume that this statistic means that either firearms were only stolen from 2004-05, or that the data in regard to stolen firearms only commenced in 2004-05.
Then there is the disparity between the figures of ‘firearm owners’ failing to comply with the ‘Safety regulations’ (storage of weapons), with Katherine Danks in 2012 reporting that the AIC being quoted as; ‘The data found only 60 per cent of gun owners reporting theft in 2008-09 had correctly stored their weapon’ while Sarah Kendell in 2013 cites Samantha Bricknell of the AIC “That rate hasn’t changed — in any given year, a quarter of owners who reported the theft of a firearm to police were deemed to be storage non-compliant. So, what exactly is the percentage of firearm owners ‘deemed’ to have failed to comply with the ‘Storage of weapons Regulations? Forty per cent as per Katherine Danks or twenty-five percent as per Sarah Kendell?
Why aren’t these statistics constant?
The source of these statistics that are mostly cited by Samantha Lee and John Crook of the anti-gun lobby groups, GCA and NCGC appear to emanate from the AIC, which has a history going back to 1992 where they were deemed unreliable by the NSW Legislative Council.
However, if we go back to 1990 when the Director of the AIC, Professor Duncan Chappell signed a MoU with the United Nations in regard to gun control, we can then see that not only is there an apparent ‘conflict of interest’, but there is a bias towards the anti-gun lobby, and it appears almost as though the ‘anti-gun’ lobbyists are ‘spruiking’ for the AIC.
Then when we consider the ‘10 point plan’ cited by Rebecca Peters and Professor Charles Watson in 1996, we have the first point being: 1. The sale and ownership of every gun must be registered in a national database.
Now, why did Peters and Watson push for a ‘National Database’? So their associates could control the use of the information stored within. Who were their associates? The AIC of course! So who does the AIC pass on information too? Consider this little paragraph:
The University of Sydney’s School of Public Health website GunPolicy.org states there are 185,118 registered gun owners in NSW. Associate Professor Phillip Alpers
Just exactly where did the anti-gun lobbyist, Phillip Alpers obtain this information? Well he couldn’t have got it from the NSW Police Firearms Database could he? That simply means he must have gained this information from the AIC. Is this information ‘privileged information’? Of Course!
Then we have this: Australian Institute of Criminology data shows a total of 1570 firearms were stolen across all states and territories with the exception of Western Australia in 2008-09, with 592 guns stolen in NSW. The number of firearms reported stolen in Australia has risen by 6 per cent each year since 2004-05. The data found only 60 per cent of gun owners reporting theft in 2008-09 had correctly stored their weapon.
This ‘Google Map’ was found in two articles on the 13th of January 2012 and the 16th January 2012 on the ‘Dailytelegraph.com.au’ articles by Katherine Danks and Richard Noone. (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/a-black-market-in-stolen-firearms/story-e6freuy9-1226243017473 and http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/trigger-happy-shooters-gun-buying-spree/story-e6freuy9-1226244876195 )
This map must be considered extremely privileged and the original source has to be the New South Wales Police ‘Firearms Registry Database’, and this map demonstrates that there is a massive leakage of information from that database, and the leakage stems out of the Federal Attorney Generals Department via the AIC and it is extremely political.
Thus when licensed shooters in Australia, and especially in New South Wales believe that it is from information stored on the Police firearms database that ‘criminals’ are using to target their firearms, there is now sufficient evidence to demonstrate a ‘Prima Facie’ case in those beliefs.
Furthermore, although it will not be noticeable to the ordinary shooter, what is noticed is that the thefts in the most parts are fairly congested, especially at Parramatta, and that these ‘groups’ of burglaries rather than suggesting an ‘ad hoc’ approach by criminals, suggests a grouping pattern within ‘Police Districts’, because although there are several burglaries around Parramatta, there are only two at North Parramatta and virtually none at Liverpool or Cabramatta, and that is extremely interesting.
If I were a policeman attached to the ‘Firearm Registry Office and somewhat concerned in regard ‘breakings’ or ‘burglaries’ where firearms have been targeted, I would start paying close attention to State police who are either attached to, or associated with the Federal Attorney Generals Department, as are the ‘Police Special Operations Groups’ (SOG’s) and the Police Security Intelligence Groups (SIG’s).
And as for the fact that only 3 percent of these ‘stolen firearms’ are ever recovered by police, perhaps it may be an idea for police to check the numbers of firearms that have been destroyed by police at scrap metal furnaces, as there are insufficient number of criminal gangs, be they bikie, Druggies or Middle Eastern gangs to utilise the number of stolen rifles and shotguns. In fact most police are now fully aware that the ‘drug gangs’ import their own weapons when they import their drugs.
Finally, the various State Police forces should be very aware of the ‘political agenda’ of the Federal government to usurp the various State roles in regard to firearms, and just as in November 1995 with the Queensland Police addressing the ‘Newly proposed National firearm laws’,
“As part of the consultation process, the Queensland Police Service has set aside times for a series of meetings to allow individuals or organisations within Queensland to comment on the Resolutions. The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to invite you to contact the Police service should you wish to comment on any aspect of the working paper or meet with the Service to explain your views”.
“I enclose a copy of the Working Paper for your consideration. It should be emphasised that the resolutions proposed in the forum of the Police Ministers Council are not necessarily supported by the Queensland Government”
What we are seeing in Sydney and other parts of New South Wales, and indeed, the rest of Australia, not only with the surge in gun related crimes such as ‘drive-by shootings’ and firearm thefts, which has led to the current New South Wales ‘Senate Inquiry’ into “the ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community”
This is the exact same scenario the Bureaucrat Daryl Smeaton used when he was the ‘Secretary of the Australasian Police Minister’s Council and the ‘Executive member of CLEB’ (Commonwealth Law Enforcement Board) not forgetting his ‘friendship’ with the GCA president, John Crook for whom he gave character evidence in a court case in Melbourne in 1995! Ergo, this latest political agenda is all about the federal government usurping the Firearm Laws from the various States and Territories.