Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, who were disarmed beginning in 1996 with draconian gun control laws that literally read "personal protection [shall] not be regarded as a genuine reason for owning, possessing or using a firearm."
I'll bet there are many people in Australia today who wish concealed carry permits were as plentiful as they are in the U.S.
...live TV footage showed people standing inside a café with their hands pressed against the windows. At least one of the attackers was caught on camera wearing a traditional Islamic cap.
MORE: Alleged ISIS Militants Take Hostages In Busy Sydney Cafe -Developing - http://t.co/gDkig15YuN pic.twitter.com/tYe1QbavWl— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 14, 2014
...The hostages were forced to hold a black flag with an Arabic inscription, prompting fears that ruthless Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants were behind the attack.
...The gunmen’s attack, which took place in Sydney’s central business district, forced nearby buildings in Martin Place – including the Reserve Bank of Australia – to go on lockdown... Soon after news of the hostage situation emerged, Sydney’s iconic Opera House was also evacuated. The move was reportedly prompted by a suspicious package found inside the building.
But this tragedy is just another coincidence, eh, Ben Affleck?
Hat tip: BadBlue News.
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