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Australia's Shame
In contrast, during the past two decades
Australia has passed tighter gun laws
that have actually created a safe zone for
armed predators. And some are taking
advantage of it.
On Dec. 15, 2014, Man Haron
Monis (birth name Mohammad Hassan
Manteghi) walked into the Lindt
Chocolate Cafe, located in Martin Place,
in the heart of Sydney's financial and
legal district. He took the 17 people
inside hostage.
Monis was armed with a shotgun
that isn't supposed to exist in Australia
anymore. All semi-automatic long guns
were banned in 1996, and registration
lists were used to enforce the mass
confiscation of about one-sixth of
Australian firearms.
Monis had entered Australia
from Iran in 1996 seeking political
asylum, which was granted in 2001.
He proclaimed himself a "sheikh" and
got a lot of media attention, although
apparently few followers. So he lived
on welfare, and wrote venomous
letters to the parents of Australian
soldiers who had died fighting in
Afghanistan. He was convicted of
"using a postal or similar service to
menace, harass or cause offence."
Australia's High Court upheld the
conviction three days before Monis'
attack in the cafe.
At the time of the attack, Monis
was also facing pending charges as an
accessory-before-the-fact in the murder
of his ex-wife, and dozens of counts for
sexual assault.
Once Monis took over the Lindt
Cafe, he made the hostages unfurl
an isis-style banner in the window.
Police officers responded as quickly as
possible, but Monis had already taken
control of the situation inside the cafe,
leading to a siege that lasted more than
16 hours. Five hostages escaped, and
Monis announced that if anyone else
fled, one of the remaining hostages
would be shot.
At 2:03 a.m., Monis began to fall
asleep. The dozen remaining hostages
rushed for the door, and six escaped
before Monis regained alertness
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and began firing. Cafe manager Tori
Johnson tried to wrest his gun away,
but Monis killed him. At 2:10 a.m., law
enforcement burst in, and a firefight
ensued. Attorney Katrina Dawson,
a mother of three, was killed while
attempting to protect a pregnant
friend. Law enforcement officers
ended Monis' life.
In the days after the siege, Australian
Sen. David Leyonhjelm, of the Liberal
Democratic Party, pointed out that
Australia's complete repression of armed
self-defense actually had made Monis'
hostage-taking possible.
Australia's extremely restrictive gun
laws allow a limited selection of firearms
for sports, but forbid defensive gun
ownership. As Leyonhjelm pointed out,
all of the hostages were prohibited by
law "to have a knife, a stick, a pepper
spray, a personal Taser, mace, anything
like that for self-defense." As Australia
and Great Britain illustrate, the gun-ban
lobbies don't just hate firearms-they
hate the very idea of self-defense.
"What happened in that cafe would
have been most unlikely to have
occurred in Florida, Texas, or Vermont,
or Alaska in America, or perhaps even
Switzerland as well," Leyonhjelm noted.
"That nutcase who held them all hostage
wouldn't have known that they were
armed, and bad guys don't like to be
shot back at."
Indeed, in the United States, almost
all the locations where mass homicides
take place are pretend "gun-free zones."
In these artificially dangerous places,
law-abiding citizens are forbidden to
carry, so would-be mass murderers know
that they can kill with impunity-until
the good guys with guns arrive.
Israel Under Fire
Unlike Australia, where Prime
Minister Tony Abbott reacted to the
Sydney siege by announcing that the
government should impose even more
gun control, the Israeli government
moved toward more gun freedom after
a deadly attack.
At 7 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2014, about
two dozen people were praying at the
Kehilat B'Nai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue
in the Har Nof neighborhood of
Jerusalem, Israel. Cousins Uday and

Ghassan Abu Jamal attacked with a
handgun and axes, murdering four
rabbis, three of whom were American,
one British. Seven more people were
wounded, two critically.
Police arrived 11 minutes after
the attack began and killed the two
attackers. Two police officers were
wounded in the shootout, and one of
them, Zidan Saif, later died.
After the attack, Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich
promised, "In the coming hours, I will
ease restrictions on carrying weapons."
He followed through, making gun
carry permits more readily available to
Israeli citizens.
"The decision to ease the restriction
stems from recent events and the need
to strengthen the sense of security
among the general population and due
to the recent terrorist attacks that have
struck us," he explained.
In high-risk areas, carry permits will
be issued to reserve officers of the Israel
Defense Forces, as well as to
lower-ranking former soldiers who
served in some specialized combat units.
Firearms instructors will be issued carry
permits. Additionally, security guards
will not be required to turn in their guns
at the completion of their daily work.
These reforms were long overdue.
Back in 1974, Israel had instituted a
volunteer armed guard program for
schools, after a Palestine Liberation
Organization terrorist attack murdered
22 children and three adults in the
northern town of Ma'alot. By 1995,
every Israeli school had an armed guard.
But gun ownership licenses and
carry permits for ordinary citizens have
become much more difficult to obtain
since 1992. That year, a psychiatric
patient who was also working as an
armed security guard killed four social
workers at the clinic where he was
being treated.
After the December attack, though,
the city's former police chief, Aryeh
Amit, said, "Every citizen who has
a gun should carry it." He noted
the "enormous amount of illegal
handguns" held by criminals. So
"citizens should be able to get a
weapon. Those who have one must
carry it everywhere."

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