musical theatre meme → [2/5] film adaptations → rent
I can’t control my destiny. I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There’s only now, there’s only here. Give in to love, or live in fear. No other path. No other way. No day but today.
Australian mass shooter Martin Bryant being interviewed following the Port Arthur massacre
On April 28th 1996 Martin
Bryant opened fire at the Port Arthur historic site, a popular
tourist destination in Tasmania, Australia. He was armed with a .223 calibre
Colt AR-15 SP1 Carbine and a .308 calibre L1A1 SLR battle rifle. Bryant
murdered 35 people and injured a further 23 others making it Australia’s deadliest mass shooting to this day.
The massacre caused a national
outcry and Prime Minister John Howard introduced new gun control legislation. The
National Firearms Programme Implementation Act of 1996 was passed the same year
restricting private ownership of high capacity semi-automatic rifles and
shotguns as well as pump-action shotguns. Uniform firearms licensing was also
introduced. These measures passed with bipartisan support from the entire
Commonwealth and Australian states and territories.
The people killed by Martin
Bryant were Winifred Aplin (58), Walter Bennett (66), Nicole Burgess (17), Sou
Leng Chung (32), Elva Gaylard (48), Zoe Ann Hall (28), Elizabeth Howard (26),
Mary Howard (57), Mervyn Howard (55), Ronald Noel Jary (71), Tony Kistan (51),
Leslie Lever (53), Sarah Kate Loughton (15), David Martin (72), Noelene Joyce
Martin (69), Pauline Masters (49), Alannah Louise Mikac (6), Madeline Grace
Mikac (3), Nanette Patricia Mikac (36), Andrew Bruce Mills (39), Peter Brenton
Nash (32), Gwenda Joan Neander (67), Moh Yee William Ng (48), Anthony
Nightingale (44), Mary Rouse Nixon (60), Glenn Pears (35), Russell James
Pollard (72), Janette Quin (50), Helene Salzmann (50), Robert Salzmann (57),
Kate Elizabeth Scott (21), Kevin Sharp (68),
Raymond Sharp (67), Royce William Thompson (59) and Jason Bernard Winter (29).
Although his true motive
remains largely unknown, it is claimed by his lawyer that Bryant was fuelled by
a desire for notoriety and infamy having been inspired by international media reports of
the Dunblane school massacre in Scotland, United Kingdom. Following his capture
Bryant was fixated on finding out how many people he killed and was reportedly
impressed and pleased with the number.
A monument and memorial
garden were constructed in Port Arthur to be opened on the fourth anniversary
of the massacre in April, 2000. Bryant remains in prison today age 50 in the
Wilfred Lopes Centre near the Risdon Prison Complex.
But can we talk about this gif for a second? Look at it, they are so in character:
Martin Fremann (Bilbo): “I don’t know why I’m doing this, but fuck it, I do it anyway.” Richard Armitage (Thorin): “I’m a very important dwarf, doing very important practice, because it’s important” James Nesbitt (Bofur): “HahahahaAHAHAHAA, LOOK AT HOW RIDICULOUS I LOOK! THIS IS SO FUN!!” Graham McTavish (Dwalin): “I’m doing it wrong, but I pull this through until the bitter end.” Adam Brown (Ori): “Look at me, I’m a cutie patootie!” Jed Brophy (Nori): “Wheee~ I’m gonna need this for my next raid~” William Kircher (Bifur): “I may have an axe stuck in my head, but I’m gonna show you spring chicken how to do this proper”