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On the heels of a horrific shooting in Oklahoma which left a promising young baseball player dead and his home country of Australia in mourning, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited a collection of guests tasked with making sense of an incident that has once again put America's gun culture in the spotlight.
According to police, 23-year-old Christopher Lane was jogging along the road when three teenagers shot him in the back, allegedly out of boredom. Speaking with Piers Morgan from Melbourne, Ahron Young conveyed the emotional impact that the Oklahoma murder is having 9,000 miles away:
"We've all heard about gun violence in America, but this has really brought it home to us here. Right across the country parents in Australia who may have children on scholarships in the U.S. and also the students themselves, just out of disbelief that this could happen to one of ours," said the Sky News Melbourne Bureau Chief, of Lane, who was attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. "People from the local baseball club have all been down there [Essen] this week. It's been terribly sad, they've been placing a baseball with tributes written on it, flowers on the home base there. His mother and father, they held back tears. They described Chris as just another normal kid. He loved his baseball he's loved the game since he was 15 years old and he loved it because he wanted to go to college in the U.S."
Nearly two decades ago, Tim Fischer championed Australia's gun control reforms, an effort that has virtually eliminated firearm crimes in the country. Joining "Piers Morgan Live" on Tuesday, the former Deputy Prime Minister held little back when voicing his disgust for the alternate approach being followed in America:
"Just for the record, Australia has had zero gun massacres since 1996, and in the United States, 80 people are killed by guns every single day," he noted. "So, it is another example of murder and mayhem on Main Street. Yes, people are thinking of going to the USA on business, vacation, trips, should think carefully about it given the statistical facts you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people."
With ire dripping on every word, Fischer appealed to American authorities to follow in the footsteps his nation imprinted in the late 1990s:
"We don't have gun shows where you can walk up and not even be subject to a background check in one of the most dumbest decisions so far in the litany of agony over the gun laws and gun policies of the NRA and the USA. There is deep seated anger this time and I can tell you there is disbelief," said Fischer. "I just want to say that it would appeal to the deep thinkers in the USA to think again about the drift in the state of the nation."
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