Bondi Tragedy Revives Debate: Self-Defence vs Quasi-Communist Nanny State

16 April 2024

2.6 MINS

Scenes from Bondi on Saturday revive a necessary national conversation on self-defence.

Australia is a nation whose excessive gun control laws negate any real effective means of deterring would-be attackers.

While the tragedy — 18 victims: 6 dead, and 12 hospitalised — could have been worse, that there are any victims at all, shows a direct failure of the nanny state.

The toll includes Faraz Tahir, an immigrant security guard, as well as, according to Sky News, a female security guard.

They couldn’t be armed because the red tape was disruptive, costly, and overbearing.

‘In many jurisdictions, carrying a firearm or other lethal weapon requires specific training and licensing,’ notes Walton Security on their information page.

‘Without these, a security guard is not legally permitted to carry a weapon.

‘The ability of a security guard to carry a firearm is strictly regulated, and varies by location and specific job requirements.’

SecurT, another firm, adds,

‘Firearms may be carried by security guards when there is a high level of risk involved.

‘The most obvious illustration of the requirement to carry firearms is the cash escort/carriage industry.

‘An operator of a security company must obtain a category 6 (security guard) licence to be able to possess firearms.’

According to New South Wales police, the list of requirements to meet the regulations includes:

Clause 89(2) of the Firearms Act 1996, Weapons Prohibition Act 1998, states,

 ‘a security guard who possesses a firearm must undertake, at least once each 12 months or within a longer approved period, such continuing firearms safety training courses as may be approved.’

Alongside the initial sign-up costs — which include reasonable rules on background checks — there is the annual licencing, competency, and regulatory accreditation.

On top of this, is mandatory training at the discretion of the Commissioner, audits, and regular inspections.

This bureaucratic caste “safetyism” requirement includes non-lethal weapons and self-defence accessories.

Precious Moments Lost

Responding, Australian author and former Aussie Wire contributor Topher Field rightly chided,

‘This tragedy demonstrated the tragic reality: When seconds count, the police are only 20 minutes away.’

Most of the attackers’ victims were allegedly women.

It’s therefore bewildering to see women chanting on about “gun laws” that go as far as not allowing women to carry and use a can of pepper spray.

I hear the gun control side. Post-Port Arthur, their points are noted.

Yet, when it comes to the government stopping Australians like my daughters from defending themselves against unstable men, the extremes are indefensible.

Even the humble Swiss Army knife is rated as a ‘prohibited weapon’.

NSW police confirmed with Caldron Pool that if found, a Swiss Army knife – regardless of how small – would be confiscated.

The rules don’t end at the state stealing a person’s property.

If said person carrying the “weapon” is unable to ‘demonstrate recreational or sporting reasons for possessing one’ in court, the ‘perpetrator’ faces fines and a potential four-year prison sentence.

In light of the Bondi Junction tragedy, you would be justified in asking how these ludicrous restrictions on responsible citizens prevented the murder and wounding of 18 people.

The truth is, these laws didn’t prevent squat.

It took a woman with a gun to take down an allegedly deranged man slashing people with a knife.

There’s an imbalance on the scales of justice in this country, because the bureaucratic caste have their fingers on the scale.

That imbalance should and must be corrected.

For now, it’s no Paul Blart, Mall Cops or responsibly armed Good Samaritans, please; we’re Australia, the “go along to get along” quasi-Communist state.


Photo by cottonbro studio.

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  1. Hannah 16 April 2024 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Interesting article, though l do not agree. The laws stopped this guy from getting a gun. If he had one in a packed shopping mall, hundreds would have died instead of six. If the bystanders had guns, they would have been so scared they shot innocents.
    If a security guard had a gun – particularly a hand gun that is VERY hard to aim – he may accidentally discharge on himself or when he threatens teens throughout the year. A taser or pepper spray in their hands may be answer to this issue.

    • Dan Nebauer 16 April 2024 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Well said Hannah – I far prefer to live here in Australia with these restrictions than in the US where guns kill so many people. We do not want a situation here where everyone is permitted to carry firearms. Equipping well trained security people should be the extent of any non-police access to firearms – but surely small containers of pepper spray should be allowed for self defence!

  2. Jillian Stirling 16 April 2024 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly with you Rod. We live in fear because we cannot defend ourselves. John Howard did not do a good thing in taking away our means of defence.

  3. Helen Drew 16 April 2024 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I don’t agree with the sentiments expressed either. The Bondi incident is a terrible tragedy, but if we arm more and more people (even though they might be armed in an “official” capacity), it will probably only escalate further violence. One of the comments I heard from a man who was at Bondi was, “He’s only got a knife – if there’s enough of us, we can take him down”. Most people would think twice about “taking someone down” if the perpetrator was armed with a gun.
    It might be more effective to greatly increase the penalty for knife attacks. A penalty won’t deter a person with terrorist intent, or with severe mental illness – but it might cause the “gung ho” youthful hotheads to consider the consequences of such attacks.

  4. Christine Crawford 16 April 2024 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Now we have a 15 yr old kid etc throwing rocks at Syrian Bishop! Where’s our leaders ? At least Chris Minns had the guts to say “stop”. Whereas our pm could only dither around on Melbourne radio today and refused to show any backbone or speak up for the defenceless!

  5. Shawn Jewell 16 April 2024 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I think we are missing the point here. If this guy was homeless and mentally deranged, we wasn’t seeing a psychiatrist, and maybe some drugs could have helped him. Being homeless might have tipped him over the edge. Now we have a gutless PM crush-loading the country with migrants and displacing others who have a job and were renting. I can only guess that this sort of thing will be on the rise, once you lose everything you have, then you lose it entirely. When the economy turns to the downside, there will be a lot of people stuck in mortgages and unable to pay. Some will not be happy. So keeping our population mentally stable is more important than carrying a bigger weapon than your opponent.

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