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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    The Real Crocodile Dundee
    by Vin Suprynowicz
    by Vin Suprynowicz


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    A few days ago, the Review-Journal – along with a lot of other metropolitan dailies – gave prominent coverage to the death of Steve Irwin, the popular Australian zookeeper who charmed international audiences with his enthusiastic animal-chasing on the Discovery Network's Animal Planet channel.

    Irwin, widely known as "the Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray that rose and stabbed him in the chest with its spine while the 44-year-old was at work filming a television segment, swimming at Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    Irwin's enthusiasm was infectious. His manner of death was certainly noteworthy. All doubtless sympathize with his wife and two young children.

    Still, Irwin died doing what he loved. And without diminishing his memory or his family's loss, perhaps we can draw a distinction between a death that is merely unfortunate and fascinating and one that is significant.

    It could be an interesting exercise to compare the prominent coverage of Irwin's death with the slim few paragraphs (at most) devoted by the America news media on or about Aug. 4, 1999, to the death of 44-year-old Rodney William Ansell. The 1988 Australian Northern Territory Man of the Year – so honored in part because he was widely acknowledged to be the real-life character on whom Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie, and John Cornell based their movie character "Crocodile Dundee" – was killed in a shootout with police.

    Yes, the circumstances surrounding Ansell's death took a little more time to put together. The question is: Did anyone in the press ever bother, and if not, why not?

    Ansell was just 21 when he became lost for two months in the bush west of Darwin. He'd been on a fishing trip near the mouth of the Victoria River, accompanied only by his two cattle dogs, when his boat was capsized and sunk, possibly by a whale. He managed to board his tender vessel, a small dinghy with only one oar, and retrieve his dogs and a small amount of equipment including his rifle, knives and bedding – but no fresh water.

    Alone, far from any shipping lanes, Ansell traveled up the Fitzmaurice River over the next 72 hours, becoming severely dehydrated before finally finding fresh water above the tide line. He then managed to survive for two months by hunting and shooting cattle for food, before being rescued by a small party of drovers. (Presumably it wasn't their cattle he'd been shooting, or our tale might be much shorter.)

    Ansell, blond and bearing an uncanny resemblance to actor Paul Hogan, wrote a book and starred in a documentary about his exploits, both called "To Fight the Wild." The story sparked the interest of actor Hogan and his co-writers, who scored a major hit with their 1986 film "Crocodile Dundee."

    Seven years ago, Ansell was killed in a shootout with police just south of Darwin. An Australian police sergeant also died. Why?

    In a June 2000 essay, physician, author, and Cuban émigré Dr. Miguel Faria asks what was going on in Australia in the late 1990s that could help explain the timing of this famous Australian survivalist shooting it out with authorities:

    "Although Ansell was no angel and had had previous run-ins with police, he had been named 1988 Australian Northern Territory Man of the Year for inspiring the movie and putting 'the Australian Outback on the map,'" Dr. Faria notes.

    "What motivated this shooting? In 1996, Australia adopted Draconian gun control laws banning certain guns (60 percent of all firearms), requiring registration of all firearms and licensing of all gun owners. 'Crocodile Dundee' believed the police were coming to confiscate his unregistered firearms.

    "In Australia today, police can enter your house and search for guns, copy the hard drive of your computer, seize records, and do it all without a search warrant," Dr. Faria reports. "It's the law that police can go door to door searching for weapons that have not been surrendered in their much publicized gun buy-back program. They have been using previous registration and firearm license lists to check for lapses and confiscate non-surrendered firearms."

    It all began with the Port Arthur (a Tasmanian resort) tragedy on April 28, 1996, Dr. Faria recalls, "when a crazed assailant opened fire and shot 35 people. Australians were shocked, and the government reacted quickly.

    "Draconian gun legislation was passed in the heat of the moment. ... As a result of stringent gun laws (really a ban on firearms) in Australia, all semiautomatic firearms (rifles and handguns) are proscribed, including .22-caliber rabbit guns and duck-hunting Remington shotguns. ...

    "At a cost of $500 million, out of an estimated 7 million firearms (of which 2.8 million were prohibited), only 640,000 guns were surrendered to police. What has been the result? Same as in England. ... Crime Down Under has escalated.

    "Twelve months after the law was implemented in 1997, there had been a 44 percent increase in armed robberies, an 8.6 percent increase in aggravated assaults, and a 3.2 percent increase in homicides," reports Dr. Faria, a retired Georgia neurosurgeon who wrote "Medical Warrior" and "Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise," and served until recently as editor-in-chief of "The Medical Sentinel," the journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

    "That same year in the state of Victoria, there was a 300 percent increase in homicides committed with firearms. The following year, robberies increased almost 60 percent in South Australia. ...

    "Two years after the ban, there have been further increases in crime: armed robberies by 73 percent; unarmed robberies by 28 percent; kidnappings by 38 percent ... according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    "And consider the fact that over the previous 25-year period, Australia had shown a steady decrease both in homicide with firearms and armed robbery – until the ban. ...

    "The ban on firearms and the disarmament of ordinary Australians has left criminals free to roam the countryside as they please.

    "Bandits, of course, kept their guns. ... Yet the leftist Australian government has responded by passing more laws; in 1998 Bowie knives and other knives and items including handcuffs were banned.

    "Licensing is difficult. Self and family protection is not considered a valid reason to own a firearm. The right to self-defense, like in Great Britain and Canada, is not recognized in Australia. ... A way of life has ended. Please, don't tell me it cannot happen here!"

    Did the real-life Crocodile Dundee die because his own government left him with no choice but to "use his guns" – guns which had saved his life – "or lose them"?

    If so, why did we hear so little about it? Because many in the press are loath to report the "bad outcomes" of victim disarmament? It certainly doesn't seem to be because Americans don't care about the fate of famous, good-looking Australian crocodile hunters.


    September 19, 2006

    Vin Suprynowicz [send him mail] is assistant editorial page editor of the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal and author of The Black Arrow.

    Copyright © 2006 Vin Suprynowicz
     
  2. Thunderbear

    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    Good read. There's a man whose cold dead hands lived up to the saying.
     
  3. Supernaut

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    Interesting. I have read quite a bit about Rod Ansell, and am aware of the circumstances of his death, but never heard of the motive behind the shootings. I want to move back to Australia some day, but I'm not sure I could leave my arms behind. :sad2:
     
  4. Artyboy

    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    I won't be moving to Australia anytime soon. It blows me away that the average person can look at statistics like that and not add up that if they just had the balls to protect themselves that the criminals wouldn't be quite so
    inclined to victimize them.
     
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    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    Shit, I was trying to remember where I saw this info to respond to a thread in the MF.
     
  6. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    It really sucks that people can be made into criminals overnight and then pay a huge price for it later on.
     
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    sad, killed for defending what should be a natural born right.
     
  8. T0nyGTSt

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    Australia is the perfect example of a society that has exchanged personal freedom and responsibility for the alleged greater good.

    You may compare to the UK situation.

    The credo is that personal protection is not a given right. We would much rather have 5 or 10 or 15 women raped rather than the 'chaos' that is a result of mass gun ownership.

    In that way, do you trade off the 15 women raped, 5 people killed etc. of people not being able to defend themselves vs. the possibility of 35 people being killed in a massacre with an AR15.

    Taking guns away is relatively easy given the law abiding citizen is likely to succumb to overwhelming backlash against ownership and crippling ownership costs and regulations.

    And these are good people who go about their jobs 38hrs a week and do not have institutions like the NRA.

    In many ways people are not missing what they never had in the first place.
     

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