Everyone knows Obama praised Australia’s gun-confiscating model, this story proves the model doesn’t work in Australia or anywhere else:
Murder tragedy used to highlight illegal guns crackdown by SA policePhoto: Julie Petropolous spoke of the awful feeling when she found out daughter Donna had been murdered.
A woman’s murder in front of her infant son has been highlighted as part of a South Australian police effort to crack down on illegal and stolen firearms.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson says the murder is an example of how illicit firearms can lead to loss of life.
He says police are hoping their campaign over the next fortnight, which is part of a national effort, will curtail the supply of guns to criminals and turn up more stolen firearms.
Mr Dickson says a gun found to be missing from a property in late 2005 was used to kill a young mother four years later.
South Australian man Mark Bampton shot dead his partner Donna Petropolous at her home at Mannum while the couple’s two-month-old son was in the room.
Police tracked Bampton to Adelaide and he was charged with murder and later jailed for a minimum of 18 years.
The woman was killed, five years ago this week, with a Winchester lever-action rifle which had been reported missing from the shed of a rural property four years before the murder.
Julie Petropoulos has spoken of the daughter she lost, saying she knew something was seriously wrong the moment Murray Bridge police rang her to seek information.
“I knew instantly that Donna was dead or seriously injured,” she said.
“I drove to Murray Bridge, it was the longest drive and I knew my life was changed forever.”
The woman and her husband now care for their grandson.
“My message is clear, please, please, please do everything you can to help police keep guns away from criminals,” Ms Petropoulos said.
“I never want another family to endure the hell mine has.”
Police say Operation Unification is seeking the public’s help to track illegally imported guns, those illicitly manufactured in Australia or weapons which have been stolen from their registered owners.
“Stealing weapons from registered owners is our greatest concern,” Mr Dickson said.
He says about 250 are taken annually in South Australia, most from regional areas.
“We are urging lawful gun owners to take stock of their storage facilities, to ensure they are as safe and comply with the firearms act and regulations,” he said.
People are urged to report any information they have to police on the CrimeStoppers hotline 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/
Australia, you’ve made your gun-free bed, now lie in it.