Australian politician calls for U.S. travel ban after Chris Lane murder

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

OKLAHOMA - "There is murder mayhem on Main Street, USA every day of the week," said former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.

He's asking Aussies to avoid setting foot in America. He's hoping a travel boycott will send a message to the States: no gun control, no tourism.

Fisher's stance comes after ECU baseball player and Melbourne area resident Christopher Lane was shot and killed Friday. Law enforcement said the three teenage suspects James Edwards Junior, Chancey Luna and Michael Jones pulled the trigger to cure their boredom.

Lane's father said his son decided to play America's pastime on American soil years ago.

"It was a choice that he made when he was about 15 that that was what he wanted to do," said Peter Lane.

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole said that while the tragedy never should have happened the Second Amendment isn't going anywhere.

"I don't think you give up what you regard as fundamental rights to compensate for an individual act of violence," said Cole.

And Cole adds that they shouldn't ask.

"I think we certainly wouldn't ask people of Australia to compromise what they consider their liberties," Cole said.

Duncan police believe the murder weapon was a .22 revolver, but they haven't found it yet. The said they found a shotgun with the serial number sanded off in the back of the car the boys allegedly drove to kill Lane.

Fisher said U.S. lawmakers are hiding from sensible gun control.

"You don't face up to that, and you let your congressmen and senators escape and dance around the bush," said Fischer.

But Congressman Cole disagrees with Fischer on the politics, instead joining Oklahomans in offering his condolences.

"They want to offer they're prayers, sympathy and support to the family of the victim," said Cole.


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