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

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Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of Boredom

Australian Baseball Player Killed By 3 Teens Out Of BoredomA random act of violence has left a promising 23-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled.

‘Nothing better to do’

Christopher Lane, who was from Australia, was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma, while he was out jogging last week. The motive? Three teens who had nothing better to do, according to police.

Charges were filed Tuesday against the three teens. James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged as adults with felony murder in the first degree, according to Kaylee Chandler, Stephens County Court Clerk. Michael Jones, 17, faces two charges — use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree, she said.

A judge set bond at $1 million for Jones, while no bond was set for Edwards and Luna, Chandler said. When police arrested the teens, one of them offered up a motive that made clear that Lane, who attended East Central University on a baseball scholarship, was chosen at random.


‘Magnetic’

Police say the teens shot Lane in the back in the town of about 24,000 and sped away in their car. Attempts to revive Lane failed. Police caught the teens a few hours after the shooting.

Lane was remembered as magnetic — the sort of person who could always lighten the mood. Nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia, Lane’s family struggled to cope with the news.

If you were Christopher Lane’s family, would you be able to forgive the three teens for that senseless act of violence? Feel free to share your thoughts regarding this issue!

 

Source: Ed Payne and Elizabeth Stuart | CNN

Image: CBS News