On August 23, 22-year-old Christopher Lane, from Australia, studying in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship, was shot to death while jogging, allegedly by three teenagers who committed this heinous act out of "boredom." With the sick evil of the young thugs responsible for this atrocity readily available to blame, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Tim Fischer (clearly quite proud of his contribution to the near-total disarmament of law-abiding Australians as part of the Howard administration) is instead focusing primarily on America's gun culture. From NBC News:
Furious at the killing of an Australian college baseball player in Oklahoma, a senior figure in the victim's home country blamed the “gun culture” of United States for the death, saying it was “corrupting the world."
“The U.S. has chosen the pathway of illogical policy with regard to guns," Australia’s former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer said Friday. "They cannot expect not to have any criticism of it worldwide.”
“I am angry because it is corrupting the world, this gun culture of the United States.”
Fischer urges Australians to boycott the U.S., not only for their own safety (supposedly), but also to "send a message" to the U.S., pushing for more oppressive gun laws. Sounding almost as if he gets his talking points spoon-fed to him from American forcible citizen disarmament groups, he also (naturally) blames the NRA. From the Headline Digest:
This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gunshows.
Fischer, either ignorant of Oklahoma and U.S. gun laws, or simply unconcerned about expressing the truth of the matter, makes no mention of the fact that none of the accused killers could legally possess the revolver that was apparently used in the murder.
Finally, Fischer also evidently believes himself qualified to lecture Americans on what rights are protected by the Second Amendment, according to Yahoo News:
Fischer slammed U.S. lawmakers for turning a blind eye to "sensible" gun control and lashed out at the National Rifle Association for using the Second Amendment as a shield against it.
"You let your congressmen and senators escape and dance around the bush when it's a very real circumstance supported by the NRA," Fischer said. "I've been to the Philadelphia Constitutional Museum. I've looked at your Second Amendment. I don't believe your Second Amendment provides for semiautomatics or automatics in the suburbs.
He seems not to have bothered to explain his . . . rather peculiar interpretation of the Second Amendment, and the right that shall not be infringed.
Meanwhile, apparently not every other nation agrees with Fischer about the U.S. gun culture "corrupting" the rest of the world. In France, with wolf predation taking an unacceptable and growing toll on livestock, there is a school of thought that posits that the lack of a gun culture is the reason that even French farmers who are trying to shoot the predators are failing so miserably. France, remember, in keeping with the "progressivism" of the European Union, has long had "restrictive" gun laws. From the French news service (in English) The Local:
"In France, no one knows how to hunt wolves!" cried Laurent Cayrel, head of Var prefect in Provence, as he met with sheep farmers recently. Cayrel proposed that local authorities call in experienced hunters from the US and eastern Europe to try to stem the rising number of attacks on sheep.
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He may be joined by others in calling for armed intervention from hunters from across the pond if the so far fruitless attempts by locals to kill the wild animals continues for much longer.
Not a single wolf was killed during a recent 150-man hunt to cull the animals in the nearby military camp of Canjuers, in Provence where up to 80 percent of all wolf attacks in France have taken place.
Before Americans get too smug, we should remember that we are not immune to atrophy of our shooting skills, and the attendant ability to deal with dangerous animals (some of whom are at least nominally human). National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea notes every Thanksgiving that in Boston, "the literal forge for our heritage of individual liberty," but where by now "progressive" politics has nearly completed the process of smothering the gun culture, the people find themselves terrified and helpless in the face of the "threat" of turkeys.
The U.S. gun culture "is corrupting the world?" Perhaps in the viewpoint of one who speaks for the predators, including those who are "wolves in gangbangers' clothing."