Port Arthur Legacy: We Must Forgive Us

Unlike the apathetic population of Australia, Florida Governor Ron De Santis knows how important freedom is to Western Societies.

31 years ago today a severely disabled autistic man slaughtered 35 people at Port Arthur and, in response, Australia, under the conservative leadership of “man of steel” John Howard, made massive tightening of gun control and massive reduction in private gun ownership.

At the time, I thought Howard was magnificent in enacting that change.

But now, for me, the country of my birth is an intolerable police state.

In America in September last year, Governor De Santis, said of Australia, after Victoria Police assaulted peaceful protestors with rubber bullets (a weapon with a fatality rate of 3 percent):

“Look what’s going on in Australia right now. They’re enforcing, after a year-and-a-half, lockdowns by the military …….. In fact, I wonder why we would still have the same diplomatic relations when they’re doing that. Is Australia freer than communist China right now? I don’t know. The fact that is even a question tells you something has gone dramatically off the rails with some of this stuff.”

De Santis is now rankedin third plac by bookmakerse in the 2024 race for the White House.

There is no doubt in my mind that John Howard’s gun law reforms have made Australia a safer place with respect to killings by deranged idiots.

But now that almost all the legal guns are in the hands of the authorities, this a nation where it is much easier for those authorities to abuse peoples basic human rights and get away with it.

It wasn’t Martin Bryant we were really scared of after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

It was ourselves.

And that is the greatest price and value of real freedom.

It means trusting yourself and trusting our selves. When you give that trust to fallible human beings perfect safety becomes impossible. But without that trust a decent society is impossible.

We just cant legislate love, when hatred and ignorance poison peoples hearts.

The poison of hatred must get out before it kills us from the inside. Freedom of speech does that purging for us.

Living in The Word.

When that cleansing happens, freedom works.

Geoff Fox, 28th August, 2022, Terra Nullius

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