Today we lost Tim Fischer, an earnest politician with an ear for opportunity, and a hand in forcing through our gun control laws after Port Arthur.
While it’s true the man had faults, to automatically tag John Howard as one of our worst does the man a disservice.
This week, the gun issue has returned to our shores in a matter so ham-fisted, so half-cocked, that it could only come from one source.
Despite the exposure our gun lobby is getting, I believe that the calibre of the rhetoric will fall short.
Again, extreme violence has punctured the American landscape. But expecting change illustrates a complete ignorance of their history. It repeats, because they allow it to.