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US gun violence triggers threat of Australian travel boycott

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Senseless gun violence has taken the life of a 22 year old young man from Australia. According to CBS News, Christopher Lane came to the United States to play baseball for East Central University in Ada, OK.

Lane was simply jogging by the area where three young Americans, ages 15, 16, and 17 were located. According to police interview with the oldest alleged shooter, these teens were bored. So they decided to shoot Lane for fun.

Australia’s former deputy Prime Minister,Tim Fisher, has called for an Australian boycott regarding all travel to the United States. Fisher wants to put pressure on the US government to enact common sense gun regulations to decrease gun violence.

United States Has Become A War Zone

If you compare the United States to other developed countries, America has the highest rate of gun violence by far, compared to other advanced countries.

Of course there are less developed nations with higher rates of gun violence. But is this what the United States want to be compared with, the least developed countries?

US Republicans Ignore Gun Violence Problem

April 2013, the US government rejected a bill that would have required universal background checks for all gun purchases, which would have been a step in the right direction to begin reducing gun violence.

Polls revealed that 90 percent of Americans wanted a universal background check for all gun purchases. However, most Republican politicians, sprinkled with a few Democratic politicians caved to special interest groups, mainly the NRA (The National Rifle Association) which represents the gun manufacturing industry. The NRA wanted the bill defeated to protect the gun industry's financial interests.

Interesting Fact

The NRA claims to have around 1 million members. If this is true, the NRA represents less than 1 percent of the American population.

This means that most Republican politicians, plus a few Democratic politicians completely ignored the people’s voices when they rejected this bill. Click here to review the voting record.

If Republican politicians refuse to listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people, maybe they will start paying attention to international pressure that is beginning to take aim at reducing American gun violence.
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