In my previous post (about ten minutes ago) I pointed out that however laid-back Australians might appear, we didn’t survive by allowing ourselves to be walked on – and I’m sure as hell not starting now.
Ted Cruz is either abysmally ignorant and incapable of accurate research, or a blatant liar. Whether he rides roughshod over the truth about his own country I have no idea, but he’s not going to do it about mine and get away with it.
The rates of sexual assault in Australia did NOT rise following the 1996 gun buyback, and whether he’s lying or just stupid, he’d better eat his words pretty damn quick. Spouting falsehoods about us does not go down well in this country, particularly when they’re used to further a political agenda that most Australians find ludicrous, not to say sick.
Certainly there’s the odd gun fanatic here who’d like to be armed to the teeth, but the vast majority of Australians are deeply grateful for our gun laws, and never more so than when we see yet another mass shooting in the US or read the truly appalling statistics on US gun deaths: statistics directly attributable to fools like Ted Cruz who clearly consider the gun industry more important than human life.