Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan has shared his thoughts on the school shooting in Texas.
“Obviously it’s traumatic for those involved,” McGowan said.
“The whole world is wondering what is happening and why it can continue to happen.
“Far be it from me to give them advice, but Australia dealt with these issues a quarter of a century ago and I simply urge American policy makers to consider what happened in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
“Action has been taken, the government has joined forces. We have avoided the events that are happening in America in Australia and in most countries around the world.
“It’s very sad to see a great country like America ravaged by what is happening with their love affair with guns.
“It’s just sad and inexplicable to most of us in the world that this is allowed to continue.
“Obviously my view is that they should have a major buyout and they should have a program where people who shouldn’t have guns don’t.
“But obviously their point of view, or part of their point of view, is quite different and I doubt that politics will change in America because what seems to happen after these events is that they get more ‘arms in the community, so it will continue to happen.
“I don’t know what it takes for something to change there, but it’s a very sad set of events and I obviously think there should be some major changes, but it’s really a question for them.”