Knife Rampage in Sydney Exposes Perils of Disarmament, Says CCRKBA

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In a statement today, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) pointed to the recent knife attacks in Sydney as a stark illustration of the dangers of disarming the public.

Over the weekend, a knife attack at a Sydney shopping mall resulted in six fatalities before the assailant was stopped by an armed police officer.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb remarked on the incident, highlighting the irony that “a man committing mayhem with a knife had to be stopped by a man armed with a gun.”

This event was closely followed by another stabbing at a church in western Sydney, injuring four people, including a church bishop. The attack occurred during a live-streamed church service, and police have since apprehended the suspect.

Gottlieb criticized U.S. gun control advocates who admire Australia’s stringent gun laws, suggesting that disarmament leaves citizens vulnerable to such unanticipated assaults.

“American gun prohibitionists frequently whine about the alleged ‘insanity’ represented by millions of private citizens who are legally armed in public,” Gottlieb observed. “True insanity is disarming the public, leaving them defenseless against madmen who attack without warning, and literally face no resistance from their victims.

“By contrast, Australia banned a wide array of firearms following the 1996 massacre in Port Arthur,” he recalled, “and carrying firearms in public, openly or concealed, is prohibited. One might suppose that after the events of this weekend, Australia will try to ban knives.”

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He drew attention to the significant difference in the United States, where, according to research, armed citizens use guns for self-defense as many as two million times a year, often without needing to fire.

The CCRKBA chairman also emphasized the importance of the Second Amendment and similar state provisions, crediting them with protecting Americans from the dangers that come with disarmament.

“Those who would disarm law-abiding U.S. citizens are the real enemies of public safety,” Gottlieb stated, condemning the disarmament as a “dangerous fantasy.”

Gottlieb called on gun control advocates to consider the impact of such policies on real people, noting that Australians now mourning the loss of loved ones would have preferred the ability to defend themselves.

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  • Jim April 19, 2024, 1:02 pm

    1. There is a large push to prevent legal gun ownership in America. TRUE
    2. There is a tendency in blue states to punish lightly, or not at all, those who possess illegally-owned guns. TRUE
    3. Only 7% of gun crimes were committed by owners who legally purchased the gun used. (“Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016”)

    Conclusion: Many on the liberal side of federal government want to remove legally-owned guns, while not being very concerned about guns in the hands of illegal owners.


  • John Frame April 19, 2024, 12:58 pm

    I agree completely with the above observations. It is non-sensical to pass laws that make it difficult in any way for law abiding citizens to possess firearms. Law abiding citizens do not commit crimes. Rather, it is criminals who commit crimes and criminals will break any existing laws to possess the attack weapon of their choice. Following this reasoning through, gun ‘control’ laws which inhibit possession of firearms by law abiding citizens makes no sense at all.

  • Manarii Tane April 19, 2024, 8:01 am

    Most people are missing the actual reason politicians are trying to disarm us. There is an undeniable correlation between disarmed populations and widespread abuses of human rights. Consider any contemporary nation state with an ugly human rights record and you will also find a disarmed populace. Gun control leads to human rights abuses and enables them. Gun rights are a vaccine against human rights abuses from politicians. A gun is a mechanical way to level the playing field against a violent political threat with superior strength and numbers. The first thing revolutionaries and political tyrants do upon seizing power is to take away the public’s guns. History has taught us that when the people are disarmed, they are subjugated, enslaved to tyranny and totalitarianism.

    • Godfrey Daniel April 19, 2024, 11:29 am

      “Gun rights are a vaccine against human rights violations by politicians”. Great comment.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 15, 2024, 2:19 pm

    high capacity knife…..need to limit them to only 10 stabbings that will fix the problem…..

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