oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Australian gun policies: models for consideration by South Africa
On 28 April 1996 an alienated, 28 year old man of - some have said - low intellect took a couple of semi-automatic rifles to the Australian tourist village of Port Arthur and began firing, first in a crowded cafeteria, then in a car-park, then on a bus, and then at a gatehouse. By the time he had finished, 35 people had been killed, and scores of others were injured, physically and psychologically. Martin Bryant was captured after a 16 hour siege, was arraigned, finally pleaded guilty, and will spend the rest of his life in protective custody.
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