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16 December 2014 @ 09:29 pm
Sydney siege  
I'm glad the siege is over. Saddened by the loss of life, but relieved that it wasn't any worse.

The "right" to bear arms does not exist in Australia. We have very strict gun laws and very little gun crime as a result - the last time there was a mass shooting was in Port Arthur in 1996. And I can't imagine how there could have been a better result from the siege even if the hostages had weapons of their own.

When I first trained as a bank teller in the late 70s we all had guns in holsters in our teller's boxes, and had to attend mandatory weapons training. However by 1980 they'd all been removed, as they found that staff were ten times more likely to be injured or killed during a holdup if they tried to use their weapon - nothing makes a bandit more nervous than having a gun waved in his face.

We do get the odd drive-by shooting; the criminal element will always be able to lay their hands on a weapon but at least it's harder for the average person to pick up a gun and go postal.

But there's really no protection from the lone nutjob on a crusade. It's frightened me, and made me angry that it could happen here, and I'm beginning to get an idea of how US citizens must have felt after the violation of 9/11.
 
 
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Merlin Pendragon: CH - Friendsmrlnpndrgn on December 16th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
These things have begun(?) to happen here too. And there's nothing anyone can do :-(
The pro-guns can say as often as they wish that guns don't kill people, but people with guns kill people.

Stay safe.

ETA : d*mn verb tense! I'm not even sure I have it correct :-(

Edited at 2014-12-16 04:03 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on December 17th, 2014 10:13 am (UTC)
"have begun" - you got it right.

I remember reading about the gunman in the Canadian parliament and thinking that nowhere was really safe any more.
Merlin Pendragon: Earth Rise Animemrlnpndrgn on December 17th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
I remember reading about the gunman in the Canadian parliament and thinking that nowhere was really safe any more.

About a week before that, there was another incident in a small town about 2 hours from here. Two soldiers were killed by a supposedly "radicalised" young man.

:-(



a honeyed wine at night: slow loris meadmoonlightmead on December 16th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
I was so sorry to see this happen. I suppose it's inevitable but that doesn't make it any better. And despite the fact it was on the other side of the world from me, it seemed very close to home, because I saw the mention of 'financial district' and 'Australia' and thought 'miwahni!' Yeah, I know you don't actually live in Sydney, but still.

there's really no protection from the lone nutjob on a crusade
Regrettably, I think you are right.

I have lots of other thoughts and feelings, but for now - I am sorry it's happened in Australia too, and honestly, the trick now is not to let it change your life as a nation. I really hope that doesn't sound too callous. (Am aware that there are individuals whose lives are most certainly changed forever, yes...)

Thinking of you.
miwahni: UK London Eyemiwahni on December 17th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
I can see why you made the connection - with the financial district and all. I wasn't directly affected in any way, apart from shock and horror.

.. the trick now is not to let it change your life as a nation. I still remember the spirit shown by Londoners in the wake of the train bombings and I hope we can do likewise.