This is written purely for my friends in the United States as a discussion piece.
I have lost count of how many times an American has commented on the current situation in Australia and said, ‘this wouldn’t happen if Australians still had their guns!’ or ‘this would all be over if Aussies got their guns back!’
Whatever the variation, the message remains constant; Australian liberty is in danger because we gave up our firearms.
It is an understandable position for America to take, looking at us from afar. Guns and the act of violent civil uprising form an enormous part of the American narrative. Liberty and personal protection are bound together not only in law, but in the collective memory of its people.
This is not true of Australia.
Without elaborating too much, we have always been a quiet nation founded on the faint hope that peace and prosperity could be achieved without shedding blood amongst ourselves. For the most part, this held true. The physical challenges of our country and the repeated existential threat of world war kept us from each other’s throats.
Under our current Covid dictatorship, the Australians shouting loudest about freedom are those whose families arrived from totalitarian regimes. They have been exposed to tyranny and they recognise its beginnings in our current political class.
The rest of the nation sits in disbelief, certain that politicians will return power to the people purely out of the goodness of their hearts.
It is perfectly correct for America and the rest of the world to look at the state of things in Australia and recoil in horror. Whatever shreds of democracy we had have been stripped off our corpse and strung up along our glistening beaches for our neighbours to see – like something out of a Game of Thrones episode.
So, to my Americans friends I ask, if Australia lost its freedoms because it has no weapons – how do you explain the situation in America with Biden?
Despite your Bill of Rights and arsenal of personal weaponry, you have a barely cognitive president passing dictatorial presidential orders that violate your constitutional protections.
Did your ‘guns’ protect you?
Or do we have to admit that Western Civilisation has been protected by ideology, passion, and mate-ship for all these centuries…?
Without the combined will of the people speaking for freedom, it has been snatched away. Apathy has proved more powerful than gunpowder.