Instead of ordering all national flags to fly at half-mast for the next 6 days, maybe President Obama should be seriously looking at gun laws over there.
I have, a few times! I've found that Americans seem to view it as a consequence of freedom. That armed citizens are necessary to frighten the government away from committing tyranny. And that massacres suck but the alternative is a dictator. This was the view of the founders of the country, and why the 2nd amendment was written.Ever tried to explain to a Texan that everyone having guns increases the chance of killing, not reduces it, that having a gun 'ta pro-otek maself' increases your chances of getting killed as there's bound to be a lot of people out there who are better shots than you, can shoot you before you can get your gun, etc.
On my last two trips to Port Arthur I've been to the Broadarrow Cafe and sat there and just can't feel anything. The same with Clifton Hill Station where Julian Knight did his stuff in 1987.this is utterly terrifying to read, an exert outlining a small part of the port arthur massacre (just prior to this he had already killed over 24 people including 12 in 15 seconds, with 11 more victims to follow):
Ahead of him were Nanette Mikac (née Moulton) and her two young children, Madeline, 3, and Alannah, 6 years old. Nanette was carrying Madeline and Alannah was running slightly ahead. By now they had run approximately 600 metres from the car park. Bryant opened his door and slowed down. Mikac moved towards the car, apparently thinking he was offering them help in escaping. Several more people witnessed this from further down the road. Someone then recognised him as the gunman and yelled out "It's him!". Bryant stepped out of the car, put his hand on Nanette Mikac's shoulder and told her to get on her knees. She did so, saying, "Please don't hurt my babies".
Bryant shot her in the temple, killing her, before firing a shot at Madeline, which hit her in the shoulder, before shooting her fatally through the chest. Bryant shot twice at Alannah, as she ran behind the tree, missing. He then walked up, pressed the barrel of the gun into her neck and fired, killing her instantly. Bryant fired one or two more rounds at some people hiding in a bush, but he missed. Having seen the murders of the children, some people further up the road began running. They told drivers of cars coming down the road to go back. The people thought Bryant would head up the road, so instead they proceeded on foot down a dirt side road and hid in the bush. The cars reversed up the road to the toll booth, and drivers stopped to ask the staff member what was happening. It appeared no one at the toll booth area knew what was happening.
He was pretty much forced to on the first point - the credit from that was fighting against people from the right of his party (and his hardline supporters) that would have been against any gun contorl.Never was a fan of Howard but three things he did well:
- introduced the gun control laws;
- introduced the GST;
- always acknowledged his wife immediately in victory speeches - something Hawke notably only did as an afterthought on one uncomfortable occasion.
Especially when you have people who can't control their emotions (esp. anger). Having quite a few of them around and combining it with easy access to guns will mean these massacres will happen at some stage - just a matter of when.Exactly Kelli & Brizer. Its just obvious that lax gun laws allow appalling incidents like this to occur.