In the wake of the bored teens’ attack on Australian baseball player and student Chris Lane, former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer suggested that his fellow Aussies boycott the U.S:
“It is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street. People thinking of going to the U.S.A. for business or tourist trips should think carefully about it, given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the U.S.A. than in Australia, per capita.”
While he might champion his own country’s strategy of cracking down on gun violence, news reports there show that they’ve got an “out-of-control” gun violence epidemic, even 17 years after their initial gun bans went into effect:
“Combating gun crime in NSW [New South Wales] remains the top priority of the state’s police force, senior officers announced on Wednesday. In the past 12 months, more than 9000 guns have been taken off NSW streets, and 3352 people have been charged as part of ongoing investigations by Strike Force Raptor and Operations Apollo and Spartan. Unveiling a new plan to tackle out-of-control gun violence in Sydney on Wednesday, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said all three strike forces had been brought together to form Operation Talon. ‘There is no single source of gun crime violence…guns have fallen into the hands of organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred,’ Mr Scipione said. ‘That’s why it is so important to focus on all these aspects in a unified way…pulling our resources together under the one banner we have that opportunity.’”
So, they’ve taken away every law-abiding citizen’s guns except the very few who are allowed a single shot rifle (as long as the citizen has a good excuse to own one), and what’s happened? All the guns are either owned by criminals or the government, and to echo the police commissioner above, “the lines are often blurred.”
They’re having to learn the hard way over there in Down Under that trying to ban guns through confiscation and forced buy backs doesn’t work to curb violence. Apparently, it doesn’t even work to stop gun violence. According to recent stats, murders committed with guns have increased by 19%; home invasions have increased by 21%; assaults committed with guns have increased by 28%, and armed robberies skyrocketed with an increase of 69%.
This former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer is trying to portray the slaying of one of his own countrymen as the result of “lax” gun laws here in the States, and for that reason, he’s suggesting a travel boycott to anyone thinking about visiting America. As if Australia is the paragon of safety and security. Don’t boycott America. Boycott Australia.