Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested the country have more gun control.

The hostage situation at a Sydney cafe proves that Australia has become a “nation of victims” because of its stiff restrictions on gun ownership, an Australian lawmaker said.

Sen. David Leyonhjelm of Australia’s Liberal Democratic Party said the siege by the lone jihadi-inspired gunman this week would have been less likely if Australians were free to arm themselves.

“That nutcase who held them all hostage wouldn’t have known that they were armed and bad guys don’t like to be shot back at,” Leyonhjelm told Australia’s ABC radio on Thursday.

The gunman, Man Haron Monis, and two hostages died in the hours-long siege, which ended when police stormed the building in a hail of gunfire and explosions. Since then, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested the country have more gun control. But that’s the farthest thing from the solution, Leyonhjelm said

“It would have been illegal for them to have a knife, a stick, a pepper spray, a personal Taser, mace, anything like that for self-defense,” Leyonhjelm said. “To turn an entire population into a nation of victims is just unforgivable.”

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