Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer, in reaction to the tragic murder of baseball player Chris Lane in Oklahoma last Friday, has decried the incident as a direct consequence of organizations that support gun rights such at the National Rifle Association. Fischer claimed that the murder is "the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gunshows" and added that, "People should take this into account before going to the United States."
Fischer's comments are disgraceful in myriad ways. To advance one's political agenda by tapping into the powerful emotions that continue to emanate from this tragedy is beneath the dignity of anyone, let alone a former deputy prime minister. No law controlling or banning guns would have prevented those Oklahoma thugs from opening fire into the back of Chris Lane. Sadly, Fischer and other Australians who reject the right of people to protect themselves have lately taken advantage of gun-related deaths in the United States to support the continuation of gun control in their home country and to make Australians think that they are the beneficiaries of such measures. By doing so, they seek to convince Australians that they should be thankful for having their guns confiscated, lest they should be susceptible to the similar acts of violence. And do not believe for a second that Tim Fischer's comments are isolated remarks hastily spouted without any connection to politics, for Fischer and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard are anxious to bring Australia's gun control measures to the United States.
As gun control advocates in America capitalize on tragedies and distort the truth in order to bolster their desire to repeal the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Fischer's politicization of Lane's death is blatantly disrespectful to Lane's family and friends who are dealing with the emotional aftermath of this horrible crime. Statistics clearly reveal that guns prevent more crimes than are committed with guns, and that there is a direct correlation between the right to keep and bear arms and a decrease in crime. While liberals are quick to take advantage of misfortune to trumpet their own policies, we do not hear conservatives responding to this murder by rallying supporters to fight for their Second Amendment rights. Even before Chris Lane's family has had time to properly remember his life and to mourn his passing, the most despicable characters on the Left, like Tim Fischer, are preying on emotion and fear in order to coerce people into embracing gun control policies. Of course, Fischer's words were not merely directed to Australians, where guns have already been confiscated, but toward Americans who he hopes will hand over their guns to the government as easily as did the Australians. May Chris Lane rest in peace and may the bereavement of his family be assuaged by time and by the support of those around them. And in due time may people condemn Tim Fischer and other progressive-socialists who derive their power from the weakness and suffering of others.