Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Port Arthur Was Not Australia's Darkest Day

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Port Arthur Was Not Australia's Darkest Day

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RE: GYMPIE Grieves after Nation's Darkest Day (The Gympie Times, Thursday, May 25, 2018, page 4).

The Port Arthur tragedy took 35 lives, all of Australia rightly grieved but, due to wrong decisions, two million innocent firearm owners took the blame and are still paying the penalties.

April 29, 1996, was a very dark day.

However, it was not our nation's darkest day, as the 62,000 Australian war deaths in World War I, which brought dark days to hundreds of homes every day.

Then World War II and it was a very dark day on November 19, 1941, when a German cruiser sank HMAS Sydney at Shark Bay, just off the coast of Western Australia. It went down with all hands and 645 Australian homes were desolate with grief.

Another dark day, February 19, 1942, Darwin was bombed and strafed with bullets as the Japanese fighter/bombers attacked, killing 252 civilians and soldiers.

It was a dark day for Australia when on July 20, 1840, 26 men, women and children were murdered on the Coorong Coast, South Australia. The relatives were desolate with grief.

On October 17, 1861, 19 men, women and children of Cullin-la-ringo, near Springsure, in central Queensland, were murdered and again Australian homes were ruined with grief.

On none of the previously very sad occasions did the government suggest that millions of innocent Australians would carry the blame and without any due lawful process be deprived of their property and have huge restrictions imposed on their lives involving their remaining property.

Then bizarrely legislate to remove our sacred right of defending our families' lives and our own lives in an inverse avenging retribution for the loss of life at Port Arthur, people who had already been denied the right and means to defend themselves, and their loved ones.

The Opposition leader Peter Beattie, quote "to ensure people can walk down the street without fear of being gunned down", his decree only ensured that good people handed in their firearms, as the bad people have no problem acquiring, leaving the good people in greater fear except for Peter Beattie, who at all times had the police armed politician protection squad to defend him and his family. …

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