Time and time again, we’re told the United States is the only country with mass shootings. We can throw out all the statistics to the contrary, but apparently, numbers don’t mean squat to some people.
If that’s the case, then how about actual events. You know, kind of like a mass shooting in Australia?
A family of seven including four children was found dead with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what could be the country’s worst mass shooting in 22 years, police and news media said.
The children died with their mother and grandparents. The three generations had moved in 2015 to Osmington, a village of fewer than 700 people near the tourist town of Margaret River, to grow fruit, media reported.
Police would not comment on the possibility of murder-suicide, but said they are not looking for a suspect.
After being alerted by a phone call before dawn, police found the bodies and two guns at the property, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said. Police wouldn’t say who made the call.
The bodies of two adults were found outside a house and the others were found inside. They all resided at the property, he said.
Police said they have no information that would raise concerns about wider public safety, suggesting a shooter is not at large.
“Police are currently responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident,” Dawson told reporters.
“This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest,” he added.
First, my condolences to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy, and it is a tragedy.
However, how is this possible? We’re told that Australia stomped out mass shootings with its tough gun control laws, right? I mean, that’s why we’re supposed to follow its lead and give up any semblance of a right to keep and bear arms, isn’t it?
Or maybe, stuff like this just happens. Someone loses their mind and decides to start killing people, and it doesn’t really matter what the laws say, they’re going to find a way to kill those people.
As I’ve noted before, we don’t pay nearly enough attention to why some people become violent. We don’t look at the roots of violence and delve into why people want to cause others harm, be it as criminals or mass killers. We don’t understand the commonalities in different types of killers, and as a result, we’ll never actually do anything to really address the problem.
Australia banned almost everything we in the United States consider modern, useful firearms, and yet it’s not immune to these kinds of killings. Obviously, it’s not.
But because the underlying problem still remains a mystery, we’ll never solve this issue.
What we can say with authority is that Australian-style gun control won’t end the problem. Frankly, I doubt it would even minimize it. Instead, it’ll just punish people who would never do any such thing, while doing little to nothing to actually prevent violence.