In her latest column for Mamamia, Tanya Plibersek explains how our gun control laws are at risk of being watered down.
Every Australian over a certain age can remember where they were when they heard about the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Thirty-five lives were cut tragically short.
It was a shocking event. It was not the first mass spree shooting in Australia, but it was by far the worst.
In John Howard’s best moment as Prime Minister, he used this national tragedy to do something good and noble. He dragged some meaning from the senseless loss of life at Port Arthur by making it harder to get a gun in Australia.
John Howard’s courageous gun control measures were unpopular with many, and controversial, but they have undoubtedly been successful.
While Australia still has too many murders, suicides, and threats using guns, we have not had a mass spree shooting since 1996.
We should be grateful for this brave and successful measure, and we should defend and protect our people by making sure we keep gun control strong.
We felt a little pride when John Oliver used Australia’s successful gun-control laws to satirically skewer America’s difficulty in coming to terms with the same common-sense safety measures. President Obama has cited Australia’s laws as an example of what works as he struggles to tighten gun laws in the US.
You can watch John Oliver praising Australia’s gun control here: (Post continues after video.)