Australia residents are in devastation due to a recent mass shooting. The event took place this week near Margaret River – a town in Western Australia. Seven members of a family lost their lives, including three adults and four children. The event appears to be a murder-suicide.
Unfortunately, full details of the event may never become known.
Mass shootings are fairly infrequent occurrences in Australia. Due to the infrequency of these events, some say this is a sign the country’s gun control has been working.
The passing of Australia’s National Firearms Agreement came in response to the 1996 Port Arthur shooting. Now, headlines from outlets like NBC News and the New York Times are saying this event is the country’s “worst massacre in 22 years.”
This event marks the highest number of fatalities due to a firearm. However, it is not necessarily the country’s worst massacre since 1996. For instance, fifteen people lost their lives to an arson attack in Childers, Queensland in the year 2000.
As such, headlines such as the ones given by NBC News and the New York Times may be misleading to the country’s gun control-loving population. It also suggests that those who die by a firearm somehow experience a worse fate than those who perish due to other causes.
According to The Truth About Guns:
When it comes to Australia, gun control advocates are frequently misinformed, uninformed or flat-out lying. Certain “documentary filmmakers” come to mind.
First of all, mass shootings have still been happening in Australia, even after the passage of the National Firearms Agreement. You don’t even have to parse the dark web to find this out; there’s a list on Wikipedia for crying out loud.
There have been six incidents of mass shootings (depending on how one defines them) after Port Arthur and prior to the incident this week in Margaret River, one being a familicide. So, the fact is that their NFA clearly hasn’t stopped ALL mass shootings from occurring.
What about before the NFA?
The first rampage or spree killing mentioned on Wikipedia’s list was the Ching family murders in Alligator Creek, Queensland, in 1911. All other entries prior to that incident were massacres of indigenous people or of settlers by said indigenous people who – it must be said – definitely got the short end of the stick when the colonists started arriving.
Counting that incident in 1911, up to and including the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, there were a total of 16 mass/rampage/spree shootings over 85 years. That doesn’t include vehicular attacks or spats between biker gangs. That’s an average of one mass shooting incident every 5.26 years.
In the 22 years since the Port Arthur massacre, the average has been one every 3.14 years including the most recent incident. So the frequency has been INCREASING since the gun control NFA was passed.
Granted, the United States isn’t Australia. The US has more than ten times the population and f the people of Australia want to have a substandard rugby team along with their current gun control laws, that’s their affair.
By the same token, Australia isn’t the United States. Not only would their gun control laws not work here, but they seem – judging by the rate of mass shootings – to not be working there, either.