What is indeed deeply scandalous is that a man who, despite being liked by some and hated by others, and who led Australia by conscience and conviction, should be vilified in such a way.
Shock. Sadness. Grief for the families and victims. These are my first reactions to reports of yet another mass shooting in the US. My second reaction is to scan the reports for a particular sentence. And I always find it.
Dr Richard Dawkins postulated that belief in a creator god was as fanciful as believing a ‘The Flying Spaghetti Monster’. So where did the universe begin? How did everything come into being?
Until politicians in the US are prepared to risk their own political scalp, stand up to the powerful gun lobby and even anger their own voting base to limit the general public's access to certain types of weapons, America will continue to drown in gun blood.
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To allow this weapon into the hands of recreational hunters like myself, with an A or B class licence, is risking putting the rapid fire death machines of the last century back into our suburbs.