Another mass shooting tragedy has unfolded, this time in Darwin:
“Four men have been shot dead and a woman injured after a gunman went on a rampage across Darwin’s CBD before being arrested by Northern Territory police.
The 45-year-old suspect, who witnesses claim was armed with a pump-action shotgun, started his shooting spree at a motel in Woolner about 5:45pm before travelling in a ute to four other locations, including to the outskirts of the city and back again.
He was arrested after calling NT Police and trying to enter police headquarters in what Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said may have been an attempt to hand himself in.
The man was known to police, having been released on parole in January, and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner told a media conference the incident was not
believed to be terror related.”
So to sum up: a man known to Police, out on parole with a monitoring bracelet for previous offences and only released from prison a few months ago, obtains an illegal firearm and proceeds to shoot at least 5 people unchallenged.
Now obviously, more information will come to light in the coming days about what happened and there will no doubt be an inquiry, but until then this tragedy raises the usual questions.
On face value, there is no way this man able to obtain a firearm legally, let alone a cut down Category C pump action shotgun, as he is alleged to have used – a similar situation to Man Monis.
We already have apologists online claiming that it “doesn’t qualify for a mass shooting because it wasn’t in the one location” and that it was a revenge hit, etc. Philip Alpers is more than likely already nursing a back injury from moving the goal posts yet again.
Not only do we have a failure of firearm and self-defence laws, we also have yet another failure of the justice system and parole board.
All this has proven yet again is that illegal firearms are accessible to anyone in Australia who wants one, mass killings will continue to happen and Police can’t protect you from these incidents. If the offender’s motive was to enter a school or shopping centre and do the same he could have done it with impunity.
No doubt Gun Control Australia and the usual suspects are already on the phone to the Guardian and will be out in force over the next couple of days, using this as an emotional catalyst to try and bring in pre-drafted restrictions or legislation. How exactly they are going to spin this is the question, as it pretty much defeats all of their own arguments.
Won’t stop them or any politician from trying. We’ll keep an eye on this as it continues to develop.