Video game classification, video game violence and gun reform. And Doom II


The massacre in Port Arthur, Tasmania, haunts Australia’s collective memories.  With 35 people killed and 23 people wounded, it was the impetus for then Prime Minister John Howard’s gun reforms that saw the Government ban, buyback and destroy more than 700,000 firearms.  It was the day we became a country that knows guns are the problem and not the solution.  It is a moment etched in our history, and i’m sure most people alive to remember it would be able to tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment the news came over the airwaves.  On Sunday 28 April 1996, Australia almost literally stood still.

I vividly remember the moment the first reports came through.  Sitting at the computer playing a game while my brother sat attentively at his desk listening to the radio in the hopes that they’d play something from Pearl Jam

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