“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
The Port Arthur massacre of 28–29 April 1996 was a massacre in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded. It occurred mainly at the historic Port Arthur former prison colony, a popular tourist site in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Australian history, and amongst the most notable in history.
Following the spree, the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, introduced strict gun control laws within Australia and formulated the National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996, restricting the private ownership of high capacity semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. It was implemented with bipartisan support by the Commonwealth, states and territories. The massacre happened just six weeks after the Dunblane massacre, in Scotland, which claimed 18 lives, with U.K. Prime Minister John Major reaching out to his counterpart over the shared tragedies; the United Kingdom passed its own changes to gun laws in 1997.
Yes there are ways to make changes and make America safer. Right now it’s discouraging because the elected “leader” doesn’t represent the majority of us in thoughts, words, or actions. Alot of gullible people and rich people who care more about power and money than people conspired to put him in power. The ones who can thwart his behavior are few, because losing that power is frightening to them. But even that power has been thwarted by our strength and the strength and power or the nameless people among us who work together to stop the harm that he would create. So we will endure, and we will be stronger and better for it.
Mankind seems committed to repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Gullible people climb aboard unknowingly and we have to forgive them. Someday, the gun control measures will become more rational. Perhaps every GOP member needs to lose a family member to gun violence before that will occur. Perhaps someone will begin the anti-NRA organization which will be stronger than the NRA. Perhaps those in power will gain some common sense but until then we have to commit to rational behavior and thought and join together the best we can.
I know that where weaponry is limited, the terrorist actions cause less destruction. There is much less damage a maniacal lone wolf can cause with a knife. It’s common sense. Why are assault weapons legal? Why are the adapters to make them full machine guns legal? Much of our world is crazy. Much of our law is crazy. But we’re not crazy. And if we keep working together, we will change our world.
Today, keep on reaching out and loving. Go past your fears and reach out to someone who is isolated and different. We all need to be connected. When we’re connected, all of our worlds are safer. It’s not possible to hate so much as to destroy others when we stay connected. All life is precious.