A sad result but could have been worse.
The gunman was known to police and, surprisingly, me and a lot of the public as he had been sending offensive letters to the widows of casualties in Afghan conflict. He had lost a High Court appeal on Friday and was released on bail for sexual assault. There's every indication that he was a lone nutcase.Here's the Guardian's report
BTW - the #illridewithyou hashtag was created by Tessa Kum aka @sirtessa - one of Australia's SF community. A wonderful idea to kick against the toxic climate of hate and create solidarity with the Islamic community.
It should be remembered that it was members of the Islamic community who warned the police about the gunman in the first place.Our local Murdoch tabloid released its own toxic cloud in a special afternoon edition
. It got pretty much every detail wrong.
In today's broadsheet (which is also a tabloid - it's complicated) Peter Hartcher takes our politicians to task for, basically, doing what terrorists want them to do.
The area around Martin Place is still under lock down.
A terrible day - but at least the police and most of the media acted responsibly.