Talitha Fraser is an urban contemplative from New Zealand with the Footscray Salvos Community in Melbourne, Australia. She blogs at itellyourise.
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Australia’s Tipping Point: ‘No One Was Taking Our Guns, We Were Giving Them Up’
“Death has taken its toll. / Some pain knows no release / but the knowledge / of brave compassion / shines like a pool of peace.”
These words are engraved on the memorial pond at the Port Arthur mass shooting site in Australia. Nearby, a wooden cross is inscribed with the names of the 35 men, women, and children who died here. In contrast, a brochure at hand provides a simple explanation of what occurred in this place; it notably does not name the gunman. 1996: Australia’s last mass gun death.