America has failed to implement reasonable gun control measures even though mass shootings are becoming commonplace in this country.
Australia banned high-powered rifles and they now have strict licensing requirements after a man used a semi-automatic rifle and killed 35 people in 1996.
Since that time, Australia has not been in the news with mass shootings and yet, millions of people there still own guns.
Think Progress reports, “In an interview on Australia’s Today Show, Gun Control Australia director Samantha Lee suggested a boycott of non-essential travel to America to protest its inaction on gun control.”
“We have 2.1 million Australians visiting the U.S. every year and over 200,000 expats in America,” Lee said. “So I believe we have a duty to respond to this tragedy in the U.S. And the way to do this is have a boycott of non-essential travel to the U.S.”
After last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college in which 13 people died and 20 others were injured, President Obama cited Australia as an example of a country with common sense gun laws.
Lee said Australia should “act as an international community to assist Obama to push those laws through Congress.”
“Having criminal record checks, and mental health checks, and increasing security checks in schools,” Lee said. “This is in no way radical in terms of Australia and our gun laws.”
Lee continued to say that Australia should ban donations from the firearms industry to their political parties, which she said would “allow us to raise that issue with America to ban donations from the gun lobby.”
“Millions of dollars are donated by the [National Rifle Association], particularly to the Republican party [in America],” she said, and called it a “cozy relationship” between the gun lobby and politicians in both the U.S. and Australia.
“In Australia, we need to be cautious that we also don’t take any donations from the firearms industry, and we need to raise this issue with the U.S.”
What she said.
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