Most fatal gun accidents involving young children in the United States involve reckless adult men who, very often, possess the gun illegally. It appears to be the same in Australia, where a three-year-old girl was shot and killed with an illegal sawed off shotgun, stored illegally, with illegally obtained ammunition, possessed by her father illegally. Needless to say, a member of their parliament immediately called for stricter gun control. From theaustralian.com:
The father of a three-year-old girl found with a fatal gunshot wound to her neck in western Sydney last night has been charged with breaking an apprehended violence order and a number of firearm offences.
Ali Mohammed Moussa, from Arncliffe, did not apply for bail when his charges were heard at Blacktown Local Court today, it was refused.
Officers investigating the death of the 43 year-old’s daughter allegedly found he had breached two AVOs, and had an unregistered and illegal firearm – a single-barrel sawn off shotgun – and was not keeping it secure.
An AVO in Australia is an Apprehended Violence Order, similar to a domestic Violence Restraining order in the United States. The father was also facing drug charges at the time of the shooting. It is uncertain who fired the sawed off shotgun. From msn.com:
The girl’s three young brothers, all aged eight and under, her parents and another family member were home at the time.
It is not yet known who fatally pulled the trigger.
The boys are being tested for gunpowder residue. It was initially reported that the three-year-old shot herself. Possible, of course, but unlikely with three older, young brothers in the room with her.
A far left member of parliament, from the Greens party, David Shoebridge called for a tightening of the gun control laws. From newsjs.com:
“It was only three months ago that the Coalition and Labor voted in Parliament to water down safe storage laws.
“The law used to provide that if any firearm wasn’t safety stored it was automatically confiscated, this is how the law should be. Parliament should urgently reverse these changes.”
Significantly, it was the head of police in New South Wales who pointed out the absurdity of Greens MP Shoebridge’s statement.
NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said: “There is no way to ensure the safe storage of an unregistered and prohibited firearm.
“This government is committed to ensuring individuals possess their firearms within the extremely strict and robust regime we have in NSW,” he said.
“Extremely strict and robust” is a good description of Australia’s gun laws. They may be the most restrictive that exist in the Anglosphere. England allows replica guns without a license. Most air rifles do not require a permit in England. Silencers are easily obtained in England. New Zealand does not require gun registration, and silencers are sold over the counter to anyone with money. Canada recently repealed their long gun registry.
Gun laws have slight effect on those who pay little attention to laws in general. It has not been reported if Ali Mohammed Moussa is affiliated with a radical mosque or a criminal gang, but it is the way to bet.
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