The NSC has had its response to claims about the National Firearms Agreement made in several News Corp publications, published in some of them.
Last month, several News Corp papers ran articles supporting the views of people who claim to be gun control researchers, that the states and territories had been dragging their feet on fully implementing the NFA.
The claims included claims that silencers were freely available, that juniors under 18 were allowed to obtain firearm licences and that the mandatory 28 day cooling off period for the issuing of permits to acquire is not being applied to all firearm purchases.
… but who the heck are these people? What would they know about guns?
In response, the National Shooting Council had an opinion piece published in the Herald Sun (Melbourne) which you can see here.
We then had discussions with several other News corp editors and also the Network Head of News.
The end result is that the same opinion article has been published in the Courier Mail (Brisbane), Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and was also picked up in Perth Now. The article is identical so we’re not going to publish them all here, but the good thing is that they appeared as written.
We have not yet been able to get it into other publications but the fact we have been able to cover the biggest markets is, in our view, a great result.
It follows our win last year in having front page coverage in four states of the ‘fake National Cabinet’ lie through the Fairfax Publications.
It’ll be quite a while before the media stops publishing anti-gun stories ‘without question’. However, we’re confident that by cementing our presence on their news desks, that it’ll give us a far better chance of being able to do that, than we’ve seen in the past.