Escape and Barricade is always the preferable option, however, there are situations when one may need to move forward armed

A husband and wife barricading themselves in a bathroom, but unfortunately were murdered is original policing knowledge I will never forget.

About 18 months ago, when I read the story of a farmer that saw a man in his back yard with a long-bladed knife it immediately reminded me of the above.

By the time the farmer retrieved his rifle the man was at his back door. It was dinner time and he and his wife and young children were in the kitchen at the time of the incident. The farmer challenged the knifeman and he ran off.

The police had been called and arrived sometime later. They took not only the rifle that he had used to deter the knifeman but all of his firearms, why?

He only had a permit for pest control.

Well, I ask you this, regardless of if you support this Bill or are against it. Had the knifeman returned and murdered the farmer and his wife, would the children that escaped through a window be entitled to sue the Police Minister for the actions of his or her police?

As a result of reading the farmer’s story, I thought it is not the law that needs to change, we need a new law, a Commonwealth Law based on Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)in which it states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”.

The key words being “security of person” not “control of the people for security reasons”. In other words, your security is personal and the first law of nature is “self-preservation”.

I believe, and I hope others may do so, that we need standardisation as the process of implementing and developing technical standards including appropriate training.

An agreed process based on the consensus of different parties that believe there are many trustworthy people in our communities that will or have demonstrated responsible management of a firearm which under grievous circumstances represents a capacity for self-defense as a regulated weapon.

The regulated weapon I have put forward is the 38/357 mag. lever action and these are the reasons submitted as the Australian standard under Article 3:

(1) It has a light recoil so that a woman of a light frame can use it effectively.

(2) It has adequate capacity. The 38 cal. provides 10 rounds and the 357 provides 8 rounds.

(3) The 38/357 is a low-velocity long arm meaning that a projectile will not travel well beyond the area of engagement.

(4) As a carbine of 16 inches, it is compact enough for use within the hallways of a residential house, motor-home or similar confined area.

(5) It has safety features that do not require a bolt to be removed.

(6) A level lock and other items such as a light can be readily installed.

This training video was selected as it contains sensible advice.

I hope you will find, ” Personal Defense Tips – Lever Action Defense Scenario” interesting and informative.

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