Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28, 1996: The Port Arthur Massacre

1996 The Port Arthur Massacre: At at the ruins of the Port Arthur Prison Colony, Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia, the world's worst 'spree killer' of all time, Martin Bryant, shot dead 35 innocent men, women and children, and wounded another 21.
The only good thing that came out of it was that the Australian government decided to bring in strict laws against long-arm automatic weapons, and since then there has been a dramatic decline in gun deaths in Australia, although there is still a problem with still-legal firearms, including handguns.
Wendy Scurr was at the Broad Arrow Café that day and treated the wounded – she was almost shot herself; yet she raises many serious questions about the official version. Her name shows up in a lot of gun nut websites, but it's still an interesting angle (my own view is that the conspiracy theories are baseless). The question remains: how could an intellectually impaired, non-shooter have killed 35 people, wound another 21 and stop two cars with only 64 bullets? ...


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