Behind the Montreal shootings (letter)by Brian HandleyNews Weekly
, September 30, 2006
The latest shooting spree in Montreal, Canada, will rightly be followed by calls for tighter gun controls, but it seems the political establishment in the West is always reluctant to talk about the 'dark' cause of these tragic events.
On a website devoted to Goth culture the answer is there for those who wish to see.
On this website, a journal entry from the gunman (Kimveer Gill) says his credo was: "Live fast, die young and leave a mutilated corpse". He described himself as "the angel of death".
His journal entry is peppered with references to grim metal rock lyrics and violent computer games.
On another vampire freaks website he states that he "loved guns and hated people".
This guy was clearly a "sick little puppy" and another classic case of "garbage in, garbage out", yet our liberal establishment in Australia has just been applauding the late Don Chipp for his liberal approach to censorship.
When Minister for Customs, Mr Chipp believed that adults should be able to view and read whatever they wanted and thus turned our censorship law on its head.
However, when the dark consequences of this libertarian philosophy are staring these same people in the face, they either look the other way or try to defend the indefensible.
The brutal reality is that we can't have it both ways. It's all about cause and effect.
Restricting access to high powered weapons, whilst desirable, will not in itself remove the underlying cause of the problem, which is that evil forces can and do corrupt the minds and actions of people and must be filtered out of a well-ordered society through measured censorship, or we will live (and die) with the consequences.Brian Handley,