A 42 year old man from Adelaide, South Australia, is in the poo after his 13 year old son took an unregistered revolver to school and fired it. The boy took the unregistered .32 calibre Smith and Wesson, along with some ammunition after he found the keys to the gun safe in his dad’s underwear drawer. He fired a single shot in an isolated part of the school.
The man’s lawyer asked the judge to not make him a scapegoat for other people’s actions, and blamed the boy for taking the gun to school. Honey, don’t come the raw prawn with the judge and jury. The boy obviously lacked knowledge and respect for firearms because his dad never taught him. Parents are supposed to guide their children away from danger and give them the tools to navigate this world. If your lifestyle includes firearms and other dangers, you have to incorporate that into how you raise your child.
The man has pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm without a licence and failing to store ammunition separately to weapons. He explained that the revolver was his grandmother’s and it had great sentimental value to him. He blamed financial difficulties for not registering the revolver, yet he’d registered his hunting guns. Well common sense would tell you to sell one of the hunting rifles or shotguns and use the money to register the revolver. Or have the revolver deactivated by filing off the firing pin. Ah, but the thing about common sense is, it’s not so common. The boy was put on a good behaviour bond and spared a conviction. It wasn’t his fault his dad’s an idiot.
Now for my two bob: I’m not against guns. My dad used to own shotguns and go hunting before I was born. I’ve been hunting before on a farm, where we shot rabbits because they were causing so much damage to the environment. I believe in using them for controlling feral pests and catching food. And defending your home. But if you choose to keep guns in your home and you choose to have kids, you must take certain precautions such as locking the guns away in a safe, keeping the ammo separate from the weapons and teaching your kids to respect guns, never point a gun at something you want to see again and that dead is dead. A little sense goes a long way.
A note on Australian gun laws: We have very strict gun laws. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons are banned in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Ammo is very expensive to buy here and this was the main reason my Dad gave up shooting. You need separate licences for handguns and hunting rifles/shotguns, hence why this failure of a fellow got into trouble for not having a licence even though he had a licence for the rifles.