“A hand grenade has been used to target a notorious family in a troubling escalation of gang violence in Melbourne’s north-west.
It is the first time a hand grenade explosion has been investigated in the state’s history, Victoria Police believe, underlining the fears of senior officers that underworld figures are increasingly accessing military-grade weapons.
A mother and her infant child were sleeping in a front room of the Tiba family’s Lalor house only metres away from the blast on November 19 last year. The grenade, an M52 manufactured in the former Yugoslavia, is understood to have bounced off the house and detonated between the property and the nature strip.
A front window in the house was shattered and two cars parked on the street were significantly damaged in the explosion. No-one was injured.
The ABC has delayed reporting on the attack at the request of police. It is unclear how the grenade was brought into Australia, or how many may be in circulation.
Why would that be, embarrassment?
And of course, the predictable “more laws” response:
The State Government and senior police believe the recently introduced firearms prohibition orders will quell the spread of illegal guns in the underworld, and could reduce the number of shootings.
The orders are expected to be handed to about 3,000 crime figures, and will allow police to search them, their property, their car, or anybody in their company, without a warrant.
Melbourne’s north-west has been plagued by gun violence, with the armed crime squad revealing last year that almost two thirds of all non-fatal shootings in the state occur in the region.
New South Wales police believe a similar order regime introduced in that state four years ago helped reduce shootings”.
The so-called “successful” legislation in NSW only yielded results 2% of the time:
As you can see, 2% of the time it works 100% of the time.
While tougher penalties on crooks for illegal firearms is a good thing, there is also a concern that Firearm Prohibition Orders are purely a trojan horse for warrantless search powers for Police that can be expanded onto innocent people who have nothing to do with organised crime.
Furthermore, the fact that crooks are getting their hands on Category R items (as they did with the Cat E stolen M72LAWs), is yet another nail in the coffin of the Australian gun law farce. All the while, the law-abiding public is defenceless against events such as this from this element of society. One could imagine the outrage if this had killed or injured a bystander or neighbour.
The argument that “oh they’re just targeting each other” is patently ridiculous, as they are also targeting the public over and over in a slew of armed robberies, home invasions and the rest. These are the people that the laws are supposed to stop from obtaining this stuff, yet they still are. Coupled with a weak judicial system and Victoria, and indeed Australia, really is a criminal’s paradise.
Chapman, Alpers and Lee must be tearing what’s left of their hair out after these last couple of weeks.