A few months ago, I was chatting to a gun expert about gun politics.
It was a topic he was keen to explore because it was the subject of intense scrutiny by media, politicians and the public.
I had seen some of the rhetoric, but the truth is there’s so much misinformation out there.
The gun industry is one of the most powerful organisations in the world.
Its members and employees are often able to command a significant amount of influence.
The industry is well-funded, and its members are powerful.
But how much do we know about its activities?
The answer is surprisingly little.
There are many, many myths, some of which I want to address here.
The first myth I want you to consider is that gun lobbyists have an outsized influence on Australian politics.
I think this myth is based on the fact that there are more than 30,000 lobbyists in Australia.
But, as I will show you, there are only a few hundred lobbyists for every 1,000 Australians.
In other words, the gun lobby is much smaller than its representatives in parliament might suggest.
In fact, the only lobbying group that’s larger is the gun trade union.
In addition, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, which represents gun industry representatives, is only the third-largest lobbying group in Australia, behind the National Rifle Association and the Australian Christian Lobby.
The fact that gun lobby representatives control the House of Representatives makes it more difficult for other groups to influence government policy.
While lobbying the government is expensive, lobbying the gun lobbyists is not.
I’ve looked at lobbying by gun lobby members in every state, territory and Commonwealth state since 2001.
I have also done the same for lobbying by other industries.
There’s no way you can have a representative sample of the gun owners, or gun lobby lobbyists, or trade unions that represent them, and not conclude that there’s a massive influence over government policy in Australia that is not representative of the vast majority of gun owners.
Second, gun lobbyists are a small group, and only a small fraction of the guns in Australia are owned by people who are members of the industry.
In recent years, there have been some important gun legislation, but these are very minor in relation to the overall size of the trade unions, and even the number of gun lobby reps in Parliament.
In most states and territories, the industry has been able to exert substantial influence.
If the guns were all owned by the industry, it’s unlikely the industry would have any significant influence.
Gun owners are not only the most influential members of their communities, but also the most generous donors to their parties.
There have been two major gun control initiatives over the last decade that have made the industry much less powerful in the Australian political system.
One was the introduction of mandatory registration of firearms and ammunition, the other was a landmark law known as the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).
The NFA has since been replaced by the National Crime Prevention and Security Act, which aims to protect the interests of the community, especially in rural and remote communities.
But while mandatory registration is a huge step forward, mandatory registration and the NFA have had only a limited impact on gun ownership.
If you look at the numbers, the NFSAs impact is tiny.
If we use the average number of guns registered per person, the effect of mandatory gun registration is around 1,200, or less than 0.1 per cent of Australia’s total population.
Even with the NAFAs impact, the proportion of gun ownership in Australia is declining, so mandatory gun control measures won’t have a significant impact on guns.
There has been a small but significant drop in gun ownership over the past decade.
This is not because gun lobbyists and gun owners have been persuaded to give up their guns or to give to gun charity groups.
These are voluntary donations.
The reason that voluntary donations are falling is because there are so many other people who need guns, but don’t have the means to do so.
In the past year, gun registration has had a significant effect on the purchase of firearms in Australia: the price of firearms has dropped from $10,000 to $4,500, for example, a reduction of almost $700.
The most powerful lobbying group, the National Shooting Sports Association (NSSA), has had its annual lobbying expenditure fall from $11.5 million to $5.2 million.
These lobbying expenses reflect the number and types of firearms sold to the public, the impact of the NSFAs reforms, and the impact on the retail market.
There is also a drop in firearm theft and burglaries in the last three years.
These two things are important, but they don’t tell the whole story.
For one thing, the firearms industry’s lobbying expenditure has grown more rapidly in recent years.
In 2013, the average lobbying expenditure was $7.5 per lobbyist, up from $3.5 in 2006.
That was a massive increase.
Second is the rise of gun violence