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Over our dead bodies: Port Arthur and Australia's fight for gun control

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:199
  1. Mary E Black, professor of public health
  1. University of Queensland, Australia

    Simon Chapman

    Pluto Press, $A24.95, pp 218

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    ISBN 1 86403 037 2

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    On Sunday 28 April 1996, 23 year old Martin Bryant entered a tourist complex 100 km south of Hobart, Tasmania, and shot dead 35 people, wounding 18 others. The media described it as “the worst massacre by a single gunman in Australian history,” although Chapman points out on page 1 that the wholesale slaughter of aborigines in the 19th century often involved far higher individual tallies.

    Before this watershed tragedy, Australia's eight states and …

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