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It’s on the same scale as Sandy Hook almost a decade ago when 20 young lives were taken, and this time it’s in Texas.

Nineteen primary school children have been killed. Young innocent kids, aged between six and twelve, in grades 2, 3 and 4, as well as a teacher.

The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, right, comforts families outside the Civic Center following a deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
An archbishop comforts families outside the Civic Center following a deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School. (AP)

All shot by an 18-year-old who opened fire with a handgun and a suspected military rifle.

The gunman himself was shot by police, and it’s another tragic loss of life that happens with numbing regularity in America.

They’ve had 200 mass shootings this year alone – pretty much one a day – and the sad truth is they’ll keep on happening unless US politicians finally have the gumption to crack down on guns.

Prayers held for the 18 children and three adults that died at a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP)

They need to look to Australia, because we’ve led the world on this.

Former Prime Minister John Howard took a huge political risk cracking down on gun ownership with the national buyback scheme after 35 people were killed in our worst massacre at Port Arthur.

An anti-gun rally in Hobart in the wake of Port Arthur.
An anti-gun rally in Hobart in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre. (AAP)

We’ve avoided the gun crime and needless loss of life that thoughts and prayers do nothing to stop in the US.

It beggars belief that US Politicians who continue to accept millions of dollars in donations from the gun lobby refuse to see the connection between guns and mass shootings.

The Texas Governor, who’s now mourning the loss of these kids, is the man who egged on his state to lift their game with guns.

Port Arthur, Tasmania
Former Prime Minister John Howard took a huge political risk cracking down on gun ownership after the mass shooting. (Supplied)

He tweeted in 2015, after the Sandy Hook massacre, that he was embarrassed.

Texas was number two in the nation behind California for new gun purchases and he urged Texans to pick up the pace – tweeting the message with a link to the NRA – the National Rifle Association – that calls itself America’s longest standing civil rights organisation.

The right to bear arms is considered a civil right because it’s entrenched in the constitution.

But no civilian owned military grade weapons or machine guns when that became a right, and there just aren’t the checks and balances to keep arsenals that should be limited to armies out of the hands of individuals that can unleash the sort of damage we’re now seeing in Texas.

Unless the US cracks down on guns, and does the basics, like tightening background checks – school shootings like this will sadly keep happening in the US.

Thank goodness John Howard took the stance he did here.

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