Chris Lane Shooting Prompts Australians To Call For U.S. Boycott

Chris Lane Shooting Prompts Australians To Call For U.S. BoycottThe indiscriminate shooting of Christopher Lane, a 23-year-old Australian who was living his dream of studying in the United States on a baseball scholarship, has repulsed many in his home country and led to calls for Australian tourists to boycott the United States.

‘Murder mayhem’

“It is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street,” former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “People thinking of going to the USA 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 USA than in Australia per capita per million people.”

Police said Lane was on one of his regular runs through what has been described as the affluent town of Duncan, Oklahoma on Friday about 3 p.m. when a car carrying three teenagers drove up behind him.


‘Indiscriminate nature’

“They pulled up behind him and shot him in the back, then sped away,” said Capt. Jay Evans of the Duncan Police Department. “It could have been anybody — it was such a random act.”

It was the indiscriminate nature of the attack that has shocked many in Australia. Late Wednesday, a Facebook page set up in Lane’s honor, R.I.P Christopher Lane, had more than 62,000 followers, many of whom described his murder as senseless and tragic.

On Tuesday, three teenagers appeared in court charged over the attack, which came one day before they were due to return to school.

What is the reason behind the escalating number of senseless shootings in the United States? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions regarding this issue.

Source: Hillary Whiteman | CNN

Image: ABC News

Ex-Burglars: Newspaper’s Gun Map Would Assist Some Crooks

Ex-Burglars Newspaper's Gun Map Would Assist Some CrooksThe information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them.

‘Most asinine article’

“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?”

The newspaper published the online map last month alongside an article titled, “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood.” The map included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.


‘Exceptionally stupid’

While the paper ostensibly sought to make a point about gun proliferation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the effort backfired. A blogger reacted with a map showing where key editorial staffers live and some outraged groups have called for a boycott of parent company Gannett’s national advertisers. Ironically, the newspaper has now stationed armed guards outside at least one of its offices.

“They just created an opportunity for some crimes to be committed and I think it’s exceptionally stupid,” said Bob Portenier, 65, a former burglar and armed house robber turned crime prevention consultant. “That’s one of the first things we’d check out—guns are on the top of the list of what you want to steal,” he said. “They can walk out with a shotgun and a couple of handguns and sell them on the street for $300 or $400 a pop. They can sell them to a gangbanger who ends up killing someone.”

Do you own a gun right now? What can you say about the Journal’s gun map?

Source: Jana Winter, Fox News

Image: NPR