That is the point exactly. If all people see is what the news shows them, for example, current destabilisation in Iraq or a shooting in the US or wherever then they will always associate guns with bad things happening. A gun is a tool just like any other. It serves a purpose and carries out a job. Around here where i live we need them. We are used to having them around from an early age. It does not mean we are all redneck loonies who go around shooting anything that moves! Being around them from an early age creates an appreciation and respect for the weapon, not just a fear from the bad things we see from guns with the news media. Farmers around here (and everywhere) have to have them for pest eradication (foxes, kangaroos and feral cats and dogs) plus for their own animals in case of sickness or if you need to kill an animal to eat. Many more people get killed around here from being hit by cars but i haven't heard a word from any politicians about cars getting banned anytime soon! We all got scammed after the Port Arthur massacre, like you said Matt we all thought AR style semi auto's were going to be banned but they ended up taking a really over the top hard line. I personally had to part with a WWII vintage Lee enfield .303 bolt action and a really nice old Spanish side by side 12 gauge that had been in the family for over 50 years. All for nothing if you ask me. Just so a few of the anti-gun scare mongers can sleep a bit better in their beds!