Over our dead bodies: Port Arthur and Australia's fight for gun controlBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7203.199 (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:199
- Mary E Black, professor of public health
- University of Queensland, Australia
Pluto Press, $A24.95, pp 218
ISBN 1 86403 037 2
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 …