Gun control laws do work.

I don’t normally speak out about my views on gun control, but the most recent shooting in the US just has me wondering why the US government can’t enforce tougher gun laws.  Surely, the public has the right to be able to go and enjoy a simple outing like a trip to the movies without the threat of being shot and killed.  Gun control laws work.  They have worked here in Australia since the Port Arthur massacre; a tragedy that rocked the nation to its core, and led to the changing of laws in gun ownership and the gun buy back scheme.  In this video, by John Oliver, who investigates the reason for the lack of better governing of the laws in owning and storing of guns as well as why there aren’t enough stringent back ground checks on those that wish to purchase them.  It shows quite clearly just how crazy the situation is.  People should not have to arm themselves just to go out and spend the day with family and friends.    ~RB~

Equality for all.

As the ruling in the US was handed down allowing for same sex marriages, here in Australia our opposition government has attempted to introduce a private member’s bill that will also allow for same sex marriages to occur here.  Simply changing the term that marriage is between a man and a woman, but to two people.  That alone would open the doorway for those that wish to marry to be able too.  The current Prime Minister however is doing his best to block such a move, saying that he would rather have his government work on introducing reforms to the small business sector.

Even with all the support that the Australian public has for equal rights for same sex couples, it appears that there needs to be a change in government, or at the very least; a total back flip from the PM.  Using his own views as a reason not to support the change shows that he is truly out of touch with the electorate.   The time for change…is now.