Owen shoots back at 'hidden anti-gun funding sources'
GYMPIE gun lobbyist Ron Owen has blasted online campaign organisation GetUp and the ABC 4Corners program, saying claims of shadowy gun lobby funding are misleading and hypocritical.
Mr Owen denied he was damaging Gympie by associating it with guns and "gun toting rednecks."
"That job was done by Dr Paul Wilson in Australian Penthouse years ago," he said.
He says that while gun owners are accused of engaging in well funded political interference, GetUp seems to have been helped with funding from "left wing" activist groups.
It was currently campaigning "in electorates where recent criticism of the ABC is likely to have an impact."
He said this indicated the importance of the ABC as a mouthpiece for the left.
In contrast, he said lobbying to improve the conditions of two million Australian gun owners is financed by a percentage openly taken from their purchases of guns and ammunition.
"It is used to lobby for better licensing conditions for the contributors and eventually it will make a big improvement for those two million Australians suffering under a tyrannical control system," he said.
Mr Owen denied there was any evidence the John Howard gun laws had reduced the murder rate, which he said was already declining when they were introduced.
"It continues to decline as firearm ownership has increased during the past 20 years," he said.
Mr Owen said it was a mistake to blame guns for the Pittsburg synagogue tragedy when not long afterwards, an Alabama father stopped an attack on a McDonald's by shooting the attacker, thus preventing a massacre.
"While the armed father was in the Birmingham fast food restaurant with his two sons, a masked man entered and began shooting.
"The father returned fire and killed the attacker. No other injuries were reported."
Mr Owen said murders had continued to be committed without guns.
Poisoned panadol was one weapon, 15 back packers had died in the Childers arson massacre and 11 at the Whiskey A Go Go nightclub, without guns being used.
"People were still killed and it means little to them what they were killed with," he said.