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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Gunman And 2 Others Killed In Texas Shooting

A Texas constable and two others were shot dead Monday in about a half an hour of gunfire near Texas A&M University, police said.

Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department, told reporters Monday afternoon that the three people killed were a Brazos County constable, the man authorities say exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers and a male civilian. The city of College Station on Monday night identified the suspect at the center of the standoff as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall. As to the third victim, described as a “civilian bystander,” he was identified as 43-year-old Chris Northcliff of College Station.

Four others suffered injuries in the roughly 30-minute ordeal after law enforcement officers arrived at a residence a few blocks from the Texas A&M campus. They included College Station police Officer Justin Oehlke, who was shot in the calf, and two other officers — one of whom refused transport to an area hospital — who suffered “non-life-threatening injuries,” McCollum said. A 55-year-old female civilian who was shot was undergoing surgery Monday afternoon at a hospital, according to the assistant police chief.


He explained that police got a call shortly after 12:10 p.m. from a citizen indicating shots had been fired in the residential area just south of the university campus. He added that the constable had gone to the residence to deliver an eviction notice.

Caffall’s mother Linda Weaver issued a statement through family attorney W. Tyler Moore indicating her son, whom she called Tres, was “ill” and saying the family was “shocked and devastated by the tragedy.”

And now, we’re back in the gun control debate! What sort of reforms should the U.S. enforce to significantly lower gun crimes? Feel free to shout out your opinions below!

Source: CNN

Image: The Guardian