Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 14/04/2000

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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday April 14, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit & excellence against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Yesterday we heard a chilling account from Dannevirke libertarian Daniel Charlton of what happened after he made his submission to Parliament's Select Committee on Law & Order re the proposal to register firearms. He left the hearing for a breath of fresh air, only to overhear Inspector Joe Green, of the Firearms Relicensing Task Force, who had also just stepped out, asking someone on the other end of his cell-phone to get more information on this young man, Daniel Charlton, mid-twenties, who had just made an "extreme" submission. The inspector was then supplied with Daniel's current address & details, & commented that "they" should "probably pay him a visit this week." He then saw Daniel, & turned a beetroot red - as well he might, since submissions to Select Committees are supposed to be privileged, quite apart from anything else. Has it come to this, that you will be visited by the police on the basis of an opinion expressed to politicians by due process, in good faith?

For the record, here is what Daniel submitted, that caused such consternation:

"The introduction of any firearms laws, whether tight or lax, whether registration or confiscation, whether they prevent crime or not, will take us one step further away from being a nation with freedom. The right to bear arms is what ensures all other rights. So far it has kept the NZ people free. It has given us the ability to maintain that freedom. It has ensured we have freedom of speech. That is what our forefathers fought and died for. If any new firearms laws are introduced I am one of the many firearms owners who will have to decide on behalf of the nation, whether it will surrender those rights. If we decide it won't, the only choice we have is to step outside of the law. To make a farce of it and to become criminals by legislation. That will be the only option left to me. It will be the one I take.

"Ladies and Gentlemen - the right to bear arms is fundamental to freedom. WE may not agree with your political viewpoints, but you will be entitled to them for as long as we are able to bear arms. When you return to Parliament, go there in the knowledge that the right to bear arms ensures freedom of speech, and that is what ensures an opposition party. Something you have all been at some stage. Registration withdraws the freedom to own firearms. Tougher firearms law in any form, will inevitably lead to confiscation, whether now or in the future, regardless of what insurances are put in place. Remember, all rights have no power unless people have the freedom to bear arms in defence of them.

"If we live in a country where only the police, the army and criminals have guns we certainly won't live in a free nation - we will be in a police state, a dictatorship or under a totalitarian government.

"The act of owning a firearm HARMS no one, it is not wrong or immoral, it is an innocent behaviour. Everyone is free to choose what they use their firearms for. It is the right to own them that is fundamental to freedom. Mine and yours! The strengthening of firearms law is said to be a way of preventing the wrong people from obtaining firearms, of keeping firearms out of certain places, of making society a safer place. When you follow this line of reasoning you PRESUME guilt and imply that all legal firearms owners are madmen and criminals. If you alter firearms law, the message you send to law-abiding firearms owners is that their liberty will be restricted, not because of their conduct, not because of their activities, but to prevent other people from committing crimes. You will be telling them that their rights and liberties do not depend on their own conduct but on the conduct of criminals, and you will be saying to the NZ nation as a whole that innocent law-abiding citizens will only be permitted as many rights and liberties as the criminals will allow.

"So to conclude - The introduction of new laws will lead to confiscation no matter what. The confiscation of firearms removes people's ability to protect their rights. When they lose their rights they lose their freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech they have nothing but state control. That is why the right to bear arms is fundamental to freedom, so I will never relinquish it. It is for these reasons I urge you and your colleagues never to support tougher firearms law."

When he presented this submission, Daniel was wearing a t-shirt showing Hitler, an ardent gun controller, being saluted, & the slogan, "Anyone for more gun control raise your hand."

As Daniel awaits a visit from the Gestapo, I would like to salute him & all those taking a similar stand with the Free Radical award.

[FreeRad Award]

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