Reverend Fred Nile has called for less stringent gun control laws in Australia in response to the siege at Sydney’s Lindt café in December.
At the annual Religious, Right Wing and Righteous conference this week in Sydney’s Hills District, the outspoken Christian Democrat MLC told the audience he thought everyone should have the right to own a gun.
“It’s time we gave men a chance to protect our womenfolk, to be heroes…The only way you can do that is with a weapon,” he said.
“If we had more guns, it would quickly separate the boys from the men,” he said.
Earlier this week Rev. Nile told Channel 7 news, the “only man” in the Lindt cafe siege was the man with the gun, Man Haron Monis. He said that no male hostage who fled deserved a bravery award. He reiterated that the male hostages “could have done something more to protect the women.”
The comments have been widely critcised and there have been calls for his resignation.
Rev. Niles is notorious for his inflammatory statements and has made public his views on on gay and lesbian rights, abortion rights and Muslims during his 30 years in NSW Parliament.
“I was made President for life of my party, why would I resign now? I’m only 80-years-old. ” Rev. Niles said.