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USA – You don’t need any more GUN moments, you need more Light Bulb moments.

(Editor) America, wake up to the fact you need a Light Bulb moment, I know we had one in Australia in 1996

One of the most enduring legacies of the early Howard years is comprehensive national gun control. Recalling at a recent press conference the terrible events on 28 April 1996, when a gunman opened fire at the tourist spot of Port Arthur in Tasmania, killing 35 people, John Howard said he had been sitting at home at Kirribilli when a staff member called to tell him the news.

Later that day he flew to Canberra for an emergency cabinet meeting. Three days later he was in Port Arthur, where he visited the site of the tragedy with the opposition leader, Kim Beazley, and Democrats’ leader, Cheryl Kernot. There he confronted the grief of the survivors, many of whom had lost children, partners and friends.

March 22, 2021               Boulder Colorado

10 Killed

Ten people are killed when a gunman opens fires at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, is arrested and later charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder, according to his arrest warrant.

August 3, 2019               In El Paso Texas

22 killed

22 people are killed after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in a case that’s being treated as domestic terrorism. Police say they found an anti-immigrant document espousing white nationalist and racist views, which they believe was written by the suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. Crusius is indicted on 90 federal charges, including hate crimes.

February 14, 2018       Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

17 killed

A former student unleashes a hail of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing at least 17 adults and children. Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

October 27, 2018         Tree of Life synagogue Pittsburgh

11 killed

Eleven people are killed in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh. 46-year-old Robert Bowers surrenders to authorities on the third floor of the building and is now facing federal charges, including hate crimes. Bowers told a SWAT officer while receiving medical care that he wanted all Jews to die and that Jews “were committing genocide to his people,” a criminal complaint filed in Allegheny County says

May 18, 2018                Santa Fe Texas             

10 Dead              14 Injured

Santa Fe High School shooting: School was evacuated when fire alarms were pulled at 7:45 am after students said they had heard gunshots. The shooter had a shotgun and .38 revolver. Multiple IEDs and pipe bombs were also found around the school.[10]

February 14, 2018       Parkland Florida         

17          17         

Stoneman Douglas High School shooting: Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student whose behaviour had led to his expulsion, began shooting students and staff members with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after activating a fire alarm. 17 people were killed, and 17 others were injured. The suspect blended in with the crowd of fleeing students and was arrested in a residential area of neighbouring Coral Springs after walking away from the school.[6] He was later charged with murder and attempted murder.

October 1, 2017           Las Vegas

58 Dead

64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, sprays gunfire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring almost 700. Witnesses say the gunshots last between 10 and 15 minutes. Officers breach Paddock’s hotel room to find him dead. Authorities believe Paddock killed himself and that he acted alone.

November 5, 2017          Sutherland Springs, Texas

25 and an unborn child killed

A gunman opens fire on a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 25 people and an unborn child and wounding 20 others. The shooter, identified by two law enforcement sources as Devin Patrick Kelley, is found dead after a brief chase, but it’s unclear if it was self-inflicted.

November 14, 2017    Rancho Tehama Reserve, California

6 Dead                18 Injured

Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings: 43-year-old Kevin Neal injured one student at Rancho Tehama Elementary School and fatally shot five adults at several locations.[19] The secretary heard the gunfire near the school and ordered the school to go on lockdown. After a custodian and the teachers put it into action, Neal rammed a truck into the gate of the school and fired at the classrooms, hitting one student when a bullet pierced the wall. Neal fatally shot himself after sheriff’s deputies rammed his vehicle during a pursuit.[19][20]

June 12, 2016               Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando

49 Dead

Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, opens fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando. At least 49 people are killed and more than 50 are injured. Police shoot and kill Mateen during an operation to free hostages officials say he was holding at the club.

December 2, 2015       San Bernardino California

14 Dead

Married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik open fire on an employee gathering taking place at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people. They are later killed in a shootout with police.

October 1, 2015            Roseburg Oregon        

10 Dead              9 Injured

Umpqua Community College shooting: 26-year-old student Christopher Harper-Mercer opened fire in a hall on the Umpqua Community College campus, killing eight students and one teacher, and injuring nine others. Mercer then committed suicide after engaging responding police officers in a brief gunfight.

February 14, 2018       Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida

17 Dead

a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people[note 2] and injuring 17 others. Afterwards, the shooter allegedly fled the scene on foot by blending in with other students. The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was arrested without incident about an hour later in nearby Coral Springs and subsequently charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Police and prosecutors have not offered a motive and are investigating “a pattern of disciplinary issues and unnerving behaviour.” The killing spree is the deadliest high school shooting in United States history, surpassing the Columbine High School massacre that killed 15 including the perpetrators in Colorado in April 1999. The shooting came at a period of heightened public support for gun control that followed mass shootings in Paradise, Nevada and Sutherland Springs, Texas, in October and November 2017.

Following the shooting, many students at Parkland founded Never Again MSD, an advocacy group that lobbies for gun control. On March 9, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that implemented new restrictions to Florida’s gun laws and also allowed for the arming of teachers who were properly trained and the hiring of school resource officers.

October 24, 2014         Marysville Washington           

5 Dead  1 Injured           

Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting. 15-year-old freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot five students in the school cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding four, before committing suicide.

June 7, 2013                  Santa Monica California         

6 Dead  4 Injured           

2013 Santa Monica shooting: 23-year-old John Zawahri began a killing spree at his home. After killing his 55-year-old father, Samir “Sam” Zawahri, and 25-year-old brother, Chris Zawahri, he set the house ablaze. Dressed all in black with body armour and wielding an AR-15-type semi-automatic rifle, Zawahri carjacked 41-year-old Laura Siska, shooting 50-year-old Debra Fine as she attempted to intervene, before forcing Siska to drive to Santa Monica College. Upon arriving on the college campus, Zawahri began shooting at passing vehicles, including a police car and a city bus, leaving three people with minor injuries. Zawahri next targeted a Ford Explorer, killing the driver, 68-year-old campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, and fatally wounding the passenger, his 26-year-old daughter Marcela Diaz-Franco, a student at the college, who died two days later. 68-year-old Margarita Gomez, who was collecting cans outside the library, died after being shot in the abdomen and chest. Zawahri opened fire on students who were trying to run away. It ended at the college library where he opened fire on students studying for finals, before being fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with responding police officers.[21]

December 14, 2012     Newtown Connecticut            

28 Dead              2 Injured

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty-seven people and himself. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school. Lanza brought four guns with him. He killed twenty first-grade children aged six and seven during the attack at school, along with six adults, including four teachers, the principal, and the school psychologist. Two other people were injured. Lanza then killed himself as police arrived at the school.

12 killed – July 20, 2012 – Twelve people are killed, and 58 are wounded in a shooting at a screening of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado. James E. Holmes, 24, dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, sets off two devices of some kind before spraying the theatre with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene. On July 16, 2015, Holmes is found guilty on all 165 counts against him, 24 first-degree murder, 140 attempted murder and one count of possession or control of an explosive or incendiary device. He is sentenced to life in prison without parole.

April 2, 2012                  Oakland, California    

7 Dead                3 Injured

Oikos University shooting: 43-year-old One L. Goh was accused of shooting dead seven students with a handgun and wounding three others at Oikos University, a Christian college. He fled the scene, stealing a victim’s car, and was apprehended hours later nearby. Goh was charged with seven counts of murder. In January 2013, Goh was determined to be mentally unfit for trial and committed for treatment.

March 10, 2009            Alabama

10 Dead

In Alabama, Michael McLendon of Kinston, kills 10 and himself. The dead include his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle.

February 14, 2008       DeKalb, Illinois            

6 Dead  21 Injured         

Northern Illinois University shooting: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot multiple people with a shotgun in a classroom of Northern Illinois University, killing five and injuring 21 before taking his own life. Kazmierczak was not enrolled at the university but had attended in the years prior to the attack.

April 16, 2007               Blacksburg, Virginia   

33 Dead              17 Injured         

Virginia Tech shooting: 23-year-old student, Seung-Hui Cho, killed thirty-two students and faculty members at Virginia Tech, and wounded another seventeen students and faculty members in two separate attacks before committing suicide. The incident is the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in modern U.S. history.

October 2, 2006            Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania  

6 Dead  3 Injured           

West Nickel Mines School shooting: 32-year-old milk truck driver, Charles Carl Roberts IV, killed five Amish girls and wounded five others before killing himself in an Amish school in the hamlet of Nickel Mines, in Bart Township, Lancaster County.

March 21, 2005            Red Lake, Minnesota

10 Dead              7 Injured           

Red Lake shootings: 16-year-old student Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and grandfather’s companion at their home, where he had been living, at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He drove to Red Lake Senior High School. Armed with his grandfather’s police weapons, Weise killed five students, one teacher, and one security guard, wounding seven others, before committing suicide.[12]

October 28, 2002         Tucson, Arizona          

4 Dead               

Failing nursing college student and Gulf War veteran 40-year-old Robert Stewart Flores, Jr. killed three assistant professors of nursing at the University of Arizona, 50-year-old Robin Rogers, 44-year-old Cheryl McGaffic, and 45-year-old Barbara Monroe, before turning the gun on himself.

April 20, 1999 Columbine, Colorado

15 Dead              21 Injured         

Columbine High School massacre: 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, killed 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair committed suicide at the end of the massacre.

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