The individual who enabled Christchurch was raised in a community that spoke proudly of its stand against guns. However, in turning the same instruments on another, he may have illustrated a flaw in the national assumption.
The coverage of the Margaret River tragedy shows the sensationalism about the spectre of Port Arthur obscures the greater discussion we need to have.
We’ve learned about the brutality of the massacre through bitter experience. But while these things may have happened long ago, we should not quickly forget.
On the 20th Anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre, Derryn Hinch remembers the man in the lift who turned to him and said ‘they got my Gwen’.