Miss Chicken wrote:
This is so tragic and so depressing.
Having visited Port Arthur a few years ago I have to say what is tragic and depressing is that the US doesn't have the brains amd back bone to do what the Australian government did back then.
But then, we wouldn't want the gun nuts to lose their "raaaahhhhts".......would we?
Agreed. Since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996 Australia has not had another such gun massacre. There was the Monash University shooting in 2002 (two killed, 5 injured, handguns used)
We had had several massacres in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Australia didn't ban all guns, only semi-automatic rifles and pump action/self-loading shotguns and, after the Monash University, magazine capacity for handguns was restricted to ten rounds maximum except for special exceptions.
Likewise New Zealand had a spate of massacres up to 1997. Though they didn't outright ban semi-automatic weapons after the Aramoana Massacre in 1990, the New Zealand government did introduce a military-style semi-automatic category for firearms and tightened gun control as a whole.