In among the sea of all the usual Australian sanctimonious lecturing about the United States and school shootings, there has been very little discussion at home in Australia about our record on this.
Yes, Australia has also had school shootings:
Note that all bar one of them happened after John Howard’s infamous laws. The obvious retort is that they are far less frequent and severe than the US which nobody here is disputing, however, it shows that school violence is not an exclusive phenomenon to the US. The one at Tomaree happened with a crossbow, but considering how over regulated they are in Australia it’s a valid inclusion. China also has had numerous school stabbings but we hear very little about those.
The much forgotten incident at Monash University in 2002, by itself renders the often misquoted “muh no mass shootings since 1996” meme invalid.
It’s also immensely hypocritical for Australians to moralize at the United States over school shootings and “more laws” when they have also happened in Australia, particularly if we are going to make simplistic, false binary arguments and comparisons between the two countries.
There is also nothing to stop another Monash or similar from happening again at an Australian school. Remember the bomb threats that turned out to be fake in 2016? A recently released Freedom of Information Report also revealed the total number of weapons offences in Queensland in 2016 and what children have been bringing to school.
Furthermore, the Australian media has failed to mention that Jewish and Islamic schools in Australia are protected by armed guards and their security is partially funded by the Australian Government:
“The Federal Government and the peak body representing Jewish Australians last year said Australian Jewish and Islamic schools were under threat from terror attacks. It was followed by an announcement that 54 schools at risk of attack or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance would receive a share of $18 million to improve security.
The big winners were 17 Jewish schools and 15 Islamic schools, who were able to access the funds to hire security guards and install CCTV cameras. While the schools could spend the money on private security guards and install CCTV cameras there, they were not able to access the federal funds for armed guards, which are reportedly supplied by private firms.”
Some of them are also funded by Israel itself.
Now, whether these schools choose to protect their students with armed guards is their choice entirely. However, it negates the utter hysterics from the Australian press and politicians who have been screaming at Donald Trump and the NRA for the past week over the suggestion of teachers and more guns in schools. By the way it’s also already permissible in 18 states in the United States and also in Israel, so it is hardly a new idea.
It also raises the question: What are these schools afraid of, particularly if Australian gun laws are “world class?”
It’s also since been discovered that the lone Sheriff on duty at Parkland High School was held back from engaging the shooter, because of a departmental policy that prevents police intervention by less than three officers. So on top of the FBI’s failure, it was also Police policy that prevented lives from being saved.
Nothing so far in the Australian press about that.
Until then, expect more of the same sophist, fact-less anti-firearm drivel in the Australian media and on Facebook.
The Bell Tower Times has summed this up very eloquently.