Our former blogger, now Labor MP, Andrew Leigh’s research along with our current but silent recently blogger Christine Neil had their research quoted by none other than Bill O’Reilly. Just watch.
This significant on many levels. First of all, O’Reilly is using the research to argue for tighter gun controls. And he is doing so as convincingly as anyone. Second, when those on the other side of the political spectrum start supporting something traditionally from the other side that means that the tide is turning. Third, Rupert Murdoch has stated that he favours tighter gun controls. Is this evidence that he will exert some influence on Fox News when he needs to?
Anyhow, kudos to our academics for seeing opportunity when it wasn’t topical and doing the hard work in evaluating Australian policy. It does a service to the world. I really hope one day, Andrew, you might do it again.