Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Facebook Openly Opposes Firearm Safety Measures

Obtaining a license here in Australia is quite an involved process. It can take up to 3 months to obtain and is generally issued to anyone, provided you pass a background check and complete a police approved & designed firearm safety course. During the course, students are taught about firearms legislation, safe storage, safe handling and are required to do a practical shooting exercise to demonstrate their ability to follow the basic firearm safety rules. 

10618NAT – Course in Firearms Safety, is a nationally accredited course that is delivered by suitably qualified and licensed instructors. Many instructors use social media to advertise their courses to those that are looking to obtain their licenses for either recreational or occupational uses.

Firearm safety is common sense, but facebook seems to oppose it. Just recently, I created a post to advertise upcoming safety courses. To reach more potential students, I boosted the post in order to increase its exposure. All was going swimmingly until the paid impressions stopped unexpectedly. I investigated and found that my ad was in breach of their advertising policy and my ad account had been permanently closed. Their policy specifically states: Advertising that promotes the use of guns is not allowed. 

I thought I was promoting safety that is a benefit to the whole community.

I couldn’t believe it. I am teaching honest, law abiding citizens a police approved and mandated course, specifically designed to make us safer with our guns! I decided to appeal the decision and a few days later I received the below reply.

Hi Chris,
I had another look at your ad account and unfortunately, we won't be able to re-enable it.
All ad accounts are evaluated for policy compliance and quality of ad content. When accounts run ads that don't follow our Advertising Policies, they're disabled.
There's no further action that you may take here. We don't support ads for your business model.
Please consider this decision final.

If they get their way, you wont be able to!

I really worry for the future of our society. These tech giants are able to selectively censor us in order to shape the future to be the way they want it.

If it's guns today, what are they going after next?  

Monday, 26 February 2018

Feb 2018 Update - Time To Crawl Out From Under My Rock!

Life has a funny way of getting in the way of what we would prefer to be doing.  I'd love to be shooting at the farm every weekend but it just isn't possible. Quite often I will take a few rifles out and not get a chance to fire a shot.

So what has been keeping me busy? Apart from my full time job and also working around the farm, I have been running safety courses of late which is always a good thing. Introducing new people to the sport is very rewarding. 

So whats to come?

I have been working on a project that is very exciting for me. I will be showcasing it on TFA & YouTube very soon. Think conversion kit.

I will be demonstrating how minimum barrel length restrictions for handguns in Australia are nothing more than a bad joke.  When you see it, you'll know straight away that its a waste of time.

This year I hope to do a lot more reviews of guns and gear.  Hopefully I can get some support from industry groups and manufacturers in order to show you the best of the best.

Stay tuned. There is plenty to come in 2018!