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August 21, 2013

Australians disagree with U.S. gun laws

DUNCAN — The murder of Australian Chris Lane on Friday in Duncan has prompted an outpouring of sympathy and outrage from local residents and across the continents.

This week, even Australian’s former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer spoke against the crime and directed his sentiments at the whole of America, calling for a boycott of the United States.

According to the Herald Sun and Huffington Post online news sites, he asked Australians to avoid the U.S. as a way to force Congress to act on gun control.

“Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,” Fischer told the Herald Sun, an Australian news outlet.

“This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gun shows. People should take this into account before going to the United States. I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers (but) it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the U.S.A. There is a gun for almost every American.”

Melbourne journalist Tom Andronas also voiced insight to the emotional atmosphere in Australia.

“There has been a bit of talk about a U.S. boycott. I’ll be honest, your gun control laws (or complete lack thereof) are seen as a complete disgrace over here. We find it incomprehensible that anyone other than a serving soldier or policeman should have access to an assault rifle, or any high-powered weapon.”

They and many others share those sentiments, including Bill Grieve of Brisbane, Australia, who said he agrees. His email is published today on Page 4, along with others that have been verified.

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