It’s been a week of relative detritus what with One Nation and Brexit. But there was a dog…and perhaps that is enough.
Despite the exposure our gun lobby is getting, I believe that the calibre of the rhetoric will fall short.
The individual who enabled Christchurch was raised in a community that spoke proudly of its stand against guns. However, in turning the same instruments on another, he may have illustrated a flaw in the national assumption.
The generally held concept is that our sweeping gun reforms in 1996 forever stopped mass shootings in this country. The truth is quite different.
We’ve learned about the brutality of the massacre through bitter experience. But while these things may have happened long ago, we should not quickly forget.
Gun laws are the sacred cow of the Australian experience, but just because we don’t have the problems that the US does, we’d be foolish to assume that all is well.
The ongoing soap opera of the Adler shotgun has revealed a more dangerous threat, namely how Australian policy is shaped.
The rhetoric surrounding the watering down of our gun laws are fatuous, as we should be having an entirely different conversation.