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Americans Are Mocking Australia's Gun Laws After Darwin Massacre

Americans Are Mocking Australia's Gun Laws After Darwin Massacre

Four people are dead and one person is in hospital after Darwin's worst mass shooting in 30 years.

While it's an incredibly sad time for the Northern Territory capital, it seems as though Americans haven't wasted any time trying to mock Australia's gun laws.

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As we all know, the US has some pretty lenient laws when it comes to owning a firearm and it's these lax conditions that provide a good foundation for nearly daily mass shootings.

So, it's pretty interesting that they'd take pot shots at us just a few days after the massacre.

The alleged Darwin gunman. Credit: Facebook
The alleged Darwin gunman. Credit: Facebook

American and conservative pro-guns website Firearm Owners United wrote: "Not only do we have a failure of firearm and self-defence laws, we also have yet another failure of the justice system and parole board.

"All this has proven yet again is that illegal firearms are accessible to anyone in Australia who wants one, mass killings will continue to happen and Police can't protect you from these incidents."

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Retired US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer described the 'failure Australian gun control laws' on Twitter.

Then you get the melts on social media who have been spouting similar sentiments.

"Australia should have stricter gun control laws. Oh, wait..." wrote one person.

"Hold up a second...I seem to recall they have strict gun laws...how could this ever happen," another user ironically said.

A third added: "I'm sorry, I was told that gun control would prevent this."

While it doesn't need to be said, it's obvious that gun control has worked in Australia when you compare it to America. A mass shooting is defined by multiple agencies as an incident that leaves four or more people dead or injured.

Twenty teddy bears for each of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Credit: PA
Twenty teddy bears for each of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Credit: PA

There have been more than 150 mass shootings in America this year alone.

Australia has had seven, including the Darwin attack, since the Port Arthur massacre in 1997, which sparked the country's tightened gun laws.

Seven over 22 years versus 153 in 158 days.

Not sure about you but it seems like gun control laws have worked fine in Australia if Americans want to compare apples to apples.

Meantime, Ben Hoffmann, the alleged Darwin mass shooter, has appeared in court for the first time since being charged with four counts of murder and one for attempted murder.

He said via video link: "I'm very sorry about what's happened. I do need help. I've asked for help."

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: News, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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