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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To Weed Or Not To Weed?

To Weed Or Not To WeedTo weed or not to weed? That is the million-dollar-question for this decade.

‘Legalization’

In the United States, the status of marijuana has been debated over so many times. Should it be legalized nationwide or not? Is it a threat to public safety? Will it affect tax revenue greatly? On an on, the weed discussion goes on.

Lately, a lot of people have been changing their perspective on the use of marijuana. Before, most viewed marijuana as just another drug that should be outlawed. Now, more and more people are seeing the positive side of medical marijuana. Moreover, more and more people are supporting the legalization of marijuana.


‘Black and white’

Maybe the increased awareness about medical marijuana has opened the eyes of other people to its positive uses and removed some of the stigma associated with this drug. Or maybe Washington and Colorado’s move to legalize it for recreational use has pushed other states to try to do the same, too. And now, the laws are more lenient toward possession and usage of the popular weed.

Before, there was only black and white in the view about marijuana. People saw it only as either good or evil. Now, we are already exploring the “why” and the “how much” of that view. And now, we are looking at a picture of pot potentially moving to the spot that alcohol now occupies. Do you think that’s possible?

To weed or not to weed — that is still the question that up until now, we still do not have clear answers to.

What is your opinion regarding the legalization of marijuana? Are you in favor of the use of medical marijuana?

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