Australia sees first mass shooting in over 20 years

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Police in Western Australia responded early Friday morning to reports of a shooting at a home in Osmington, south of Perth, that killed seven family members, including a mother and her four children, reports Sky News Australia.

Why it matters: This is the first mass shooting in Australia in more than 20 years. The nation famously outlawed semiautomatic weapons in 1996 following the Port Arthur massacre that killed 35 people.