Australia’s Largest Mass Shooting in 22 Years Disturbs National Peace

Posted on June 5, 2018 by

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A small town  in Australia was shocked by the murder-suicide of their neighbors. Police believe someone among the dead is a suspect. A father is left without a wife, kids, and mother-in-law.

The deaths disturbed Osmington, a community of only 135 people, and the nearby town of Margaret River, one of western Australia’s surfing hot spots. Local officials said the Miles family, those murdered, were deeply connected to the community. Aaron Cockman, the father and husband of the children and wife killed in the murder-suicide, said he believed that Peter Miles, the 61-year-old suspect, had not “snapped” but had been “thinking this through for a long time”.

Peter Miles is the father of Katrina, grandfather to her children, and husband of Cynda Miles. He’s the suspected killer in this murder-suicide. Australia prides itself on strict gun-control laws that have decreased the number of mass murders in the recent past. But experts said that the events in Osmington were part of a wider problem in rural Australia: suicide and family murder.

In March 2018, a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined Australian firearms deaths between 1979 and 2013 to see whether gun law reform had any effect. It showed that, while 13 mass shootings took place in the 18 years leading up to and including the Port Arthur massacre, none had occurred in the 22 years since.

In 2016, the last year for which data is available, 238 people were killed by guns in Australia, compared with 38,658 for the same year in the United States. These gun reforms in Australia allowed a positive impact to hit Australia, with many countries following suit with gun reform.

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