Oklahoma shooting: The recent shooting death of an Australian collegiate baseball player by three Oklahoma teens is causing international tension, as a former Australian prime minister is calling for a boycott of U.S. tourism, reports the CS Monitor on Aug. 21.
Tim Fischer, a former deputy prime minister of Australia, said almost every American has a gun and urged citizens of his country to stay out of the U.S.
“Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,” Fischer said. “I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers; it's a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American.”
Christopher Lane, a 23-year-old student from Melbourne, Australia, was here in the states on a baseball scholarship. On Aug. 16, three teens were driving through the affluent town of Duncan, Okla. and indiscriminately shot and killed Lane without cause.
“They pulled up behind him and shot him in the back then sped away,” said Capt. Jay Evans of Duncan Police Department. “It could have been anybody; it was such a random act.”
Arrested and being held for the murder are James Edwards Jr., 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17.
The two younger teens were charged as adults with felony murder in the first degree. Jones faces two charges – use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree.
CNN reports that a local Australian newspaper ran photos of the three boy’s mug shots along with the headline: “Faces of Evil: The teens American police say shot our star.”
“It is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street,” Fischer said in a CNN interview with Piers Morgan.
“People thinking of going to the USA for business or tourists trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people,” the former prime minister said.