I agreed with John Howard after the Port Arthur massacre.
When he set up the buy-backs and gun amnesties I handed in our .22s and a shotgun.
I thought he was right to ban semi-automatic weapons.
I spent 8 years in the army and was awarded the crossed-rifles "Skill At Arms" sleeve patch.
I spent a further five years in the Victoria Police carrying a hand-gun.
My mates in Kilmore, Bylands and the hamlets we lived in knew our way around firearms.
They were a trouble-free part of our daily lives.
But we were also law-abiding and like it or lump it, we took in our weapons.
None of us has ever gone off with a weapon before or since.
None of us posed a threat.
But we accepted Howard's sermons that our sacrifice was for the community's greater good.
And back then we trusted the government.
Over the past couple of years I've felt less and less certain that disarming citizens was the right thing to do.
Today I'm sure the move was in the wrong direction.
I no longer trust governments to do the right thing.
I see the way our governments react against our own people when we talk out about African mobs or traditional Islam.
I see our governments abandoning us - while cosying up to outsiders.
And I see how corrupt governments like Victoria's CFMEU/Andrews/Labor regime use the police to their political advantage.
Disarming citizens reduces their power and forces them to rely on the government - which can turn the protection on or off.
I hope a Twain Thomas never tries to kick my door in.
Nor a Mohammedan who takes offence with extreme prejudice.
But if it happens, I don't want to rely on people like Graham Ashton to stop it.
I think the early American settlers were right.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.