Gun spree adds fuel to arms debate
AUSTRALIA'S gun debate intensified yesterday as thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand the right to retain their firearms - just hours after five people were wounded in a shooting spree near the city of Darwin.
Four police officers and a civilian were wounded in the drama involving a man armed with a pump-action shotgun - which would be banned under a new law prompted by the Port Arthur massacre in April in which 35 people died.
'There was lead flying everywhere and there were bodies going down. I was listening to the pellets cutting the bushes around me. I just ran for my life,' Tony Callopy, a resident of Palmerston, said.
Later at least 60,000 people marched on parliament house in Melbourne. The pro-gun demonstrators said it was unfair to paint all gun owners as brutes and killers.