The hostage siege by an Islamist terrorist in Sydney, Australia, could force the Land Down Under to take another look at its strict gun-control laws, an outspoken former deputy mayor of Sydney told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson.
Nick Adams, now an author and journalist, told Carlson the takeover of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe Sunday morning, which ended when police stormed the restaurant 16 hours later, was a wakeup call.
“If there was ever a time that Australians wanted to have a gun, it would have been yesterday,” Adams said. “I think for the first time in a long time Australians realized what it is for the bad guys to have guns but the good people not to.”
The country imposed tight firearms controls after a 1996 mass shooting that left 36 dead.
But Adams – who espouses an American brand of conservativism that got him named an “honorary Texan” by Lone Star State Gov. Rick Perry in 2013 — said the events in Sydney will force a new look at the topic.
“I certainly think it will be back on the agenda. Australians are beginning to realize what it means to not have a gun at a time when a bad person does,” he said.
“I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but I can certainly sense a change in sentiment. I think there will be a re-evaluation, at least, of the issue.”
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