Seven people were killed Friday, including a mom and her four children, in Australia’s worst mass shooting since 1996.
The seven victims were discovered with gunshot wounds in a rural area in the town of Margaret River in Western Australia. Two firearms were also found at the scene. – Guardian
The shooting appears to have been a murder-suicide, but police have not yet confirmed. Authorities are not currently pursuing a suspect. – NYT
This was Australia’s deadliest mass shooting in 22 years. In 1996, a gunman opened fire at a cafe in Port Arthur, murdering 35 people. Australia responded by passing restrictions on legal gun ownership and initiating a mandatory gun buyback, collecting more than 650,000 firearms. The murder and suicide rates dropped in the years that followed. US advocates have touted Australia’s success as a sign that gun control works. – Vox
So perhaps it’s no surprise both sides of the US gun debate seized on the tragedy in Margaret River. – Vox