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Darryl Potts gets his guns back

By johnboy 20 January 2011 28

The Herald Sun has a fascinating story on Parliament House elevator tech Darryl Potts who has won the fight to restore his gun licence despite being professionally evaluated as a threat to public safety and holding views deemed by a tribunal to be extreme and offensive.

Darryl’s thoughts on Israeli art peddlers, however, bear some thinking about.

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matt31221 7:01 pm 21 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

fgzk said :

Captwaaf You might have to wait your turn. Personally I prefer to vilify men with guns, violent men, and violent men with guns..

More pre-canned verbiage without thought. Violent men with guns are some of our most revered national heroes. Every Anzac day I take my kids to the AWM, and I retell the story of WO2 Kevin “Dasher” Wheatley VC, who I regard as the greatest Australian military hero. He was a violent man with a gun, and he gave his life so that his mate Butch Swanton wouldn’t have to die alone. There are thousands of similar stories.

Violence isn’t a good thing, but in an imperfect world it’s sometimes necessary. And Dasher Wheatley should never be idly tarred with the same brush as some low-life criminal with a blackmarket firearm.

In civilian life I agree that firearms should be kept out of the hands of people who are criminally inclined, mentally ill etc. And there should be strict requirements for their safe storage and use. Other than that, my experience has been that men (and women) with guns are generally less (often far less) dangerous then men with cars.

It’s easy to spray cliches and banalities around…”All firearm owners are The Spawn Of Satan and they deserve a bit of vilification so here it comes” etc. It’s obviously a little harder to deal with the complexities and nuances of such issues in a thoughtful manner.

I’m sure that those who disagree will be compelled to open fire, as it were. 🙂

I disagree strongly with you in regards to denying people access to guns due to mental illness. There are different kinds and degrees of mental illness and ppl that suffer from it recieve enough discrimmination as it is. There is a distinct difference between someone who is psychotic and someone who is anxious. If someone who suffers a mental illness is NOT a danger to themselves or others they should be allowed a gun licence. Thankfully the police see it the same was as me. I do agree with keeping firearms out of the hands of known criminals however for obvious reasons.

Oh and fgzk – you are a twit.

matt31221 6:59 pm 21 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

fgzk said :

Captwaaf You might have to wait your turn. Personally I prefer to vilify men with guns, violent men, and violent men with guns..

More pre-canned verbiage without thought. Violent men with guns are some of our most revered national heroes. Every Anzac day I take my kids to the AWM, and I retell the story of WO2 Kevin “Dasher” Wheatley VC, who I regard as the greatest Australian military hero. He was a violent man with a gun, and he gave his life so that his mate Butch Swanton wouldn’t have to die alone. There are thousands of similar stories.

Violence isn’t a good thing, but in an imperfect world it’s sometimes necessary. And Dasher Wheatley should never be idly tarred with the same brush as some low-life criminal with a blackmarket firearm.

In civilian life I agree that firearms should be kept out of the hands of people who are criminally inclined, mentally ill etc. And there should be strict requirements for their safe storage and use. Other than that, my experience has been that men (and women) with guns are generally less (often far less) dangerous then men with cars.

It’s easy to spray cliches and banalities around…”All firearm owners are The Spawn Of Satan and they deserve a bit of vilification so here it comes” etc. It’s obviously a little harder to deal with the complexities and nuances of such issues in a thoughtful manner.

I’m sure that those who disagree will be compelled to open fire, as it were. 🙂

I disagree strongly with you in regards to denying people access to guns due to mental illness. There are different kinds and degrees of mental illness and ppl that suffer from it recieve enough discrimmination as it is. There is a distinct difference between someone who is psychotic and someone who is anxious. If someone who suffers a mental illness is NOT a danger to themselves or others they should be allowed a gun licence. Thankfully the police see it the same was as me. I do agree with keeping firearms out of the hands of known criminals however for obvious reasons.

fgzk 5:58 pm 21 Jan 11

Knives are used to threaten. They are kept in the open, easy to get rid of, chuck them in the bushes. Guns are kept in a locked box with access limited to the owner. Harder to get rid of unless you can get the key..

I find it hard to believe that some of you can’t except how people might find it threatening to have a gun in the house. More so if their owner is violent.

Deref 5:44 pm 21 Jan 11

Captain RAAF said :

And so he outta!

What is it about bigots and gunz?

LSWCHP 4:57 pm 21 Jan 11

fgzk said :

I think you miss the piont of vilification. Best stick to what you know. Back to picking on the weak LSWCHP.

It’s fairly evident that in your case I have been picking on the weak, or at least the weak-minded.

fgzk said :

I don’t need to know any facts to vilify a group. The less I know the more righteous my vilification. Im just following a well worn path of spreading lies and miss-information about a group of people. Gun owners are murderous bastards. They kill women and children. Read the newspapers. Why would I want to know about scum like that.

A spray like that seems to indicate a tenuous grasp on reality at best. “I don’t need to know any facts to vilify a group?” WTF is that all about? And the rest of it is just addled gibberish as far as I can tell.

A waste of time, bytes, pixels and bandwidth.

damien haas 4:50 pm 21 Jan 11

fgzk said :

What ever your opinion the fear they create in domestics is very real.

As opposed to the fear we all feel because in every kitchen there is a 12 inch bread knife. How many domestic bread knifing incidents are there ?

Very tenuous linkages.

fgzk 3:26 pm 21 Jan 11

I don’t need to know any facts to vilify a group. The less I know the more righteous my vilification. Im just following a well worn path of spreading lies and miss-information about a group of people. Gun owners are murderous bastards. They kill women and children. Read the newspapers. Why would I want to know about scum like that.

What ever your opinion the fear they create in domestics is very real.

Felix the Cat 2:09 pm 21 Jan 11

fgzk said :

Wouldn’t his security clearance be reviewed anyway. Extreme right wingers are involved in political violence, bombings and shootings, around the world. How could you guarantee his beliefs wont translate into political violence in the future.

Sounds like you are presuming he is guilty already and you have probably never met the person or know the first thing about him except what is written here and in the newspapers (and we all know how factual newspaper stories are…).

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