Blame Guns, Not Thugs

Last week former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer urged Australian tourists to boycott the U.S. in the wake of the shooting murder of the Melbourne baseball star Chris Lane. Fischer and former Prime Minister John Howard led Australia's gun control reforms in the mid 90s.

Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice... This is the bitter harvest and legacy of the policies of the NRA that even blocked background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.

Mr. Fischer doesn't know a thing about our black thug culture brought on by 50 years of radical leftist policies. Progressives, not guns, have fueled the rise of soulless psychopaths like the Duncan, Oklahoma killers. A gun is an inanimate object with no mental capabilities. Guns haven't produced the badass, fatherless kids whose only role models seem to be highly paid misogynistic, hate-filled, racist rappers.

Fisher needs to read the 2005 account of nine of his fellow countrymen caught inside the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina.

In their graphic chronicle of what it was like waiting to be rescued, Australian tourists ranging in age from 22 through 59 never mentioned guns or the NRA as fear factors.

From The Age:

NINE Australians witnessed a rapid descent into hell inside the New Orleans Superdome as they sat trapped inside for four long days and nights.

The Aussies stuck together and the men protected the women, forming a tight circle around them while gangs prowled the stadium preying on women, children and the weak.

"I haven't been to hell, but now I think I saw it inside that stadium," Anthony "Bud" Hopes, 32, of Brisbane, said.

Mr. Hopes emerged as a hero for the Australians, fending off threats from gangs who wanted to rob them and drag the women away.

The Australians were finally rescued yesterday and put on a bus for Dallas. They told of the mounting horror as days dragged by without help.

"It was somewhere between a disaster area full of refugees and a jail," Mr Hopes said.
"The girls were in real danger. We knew we had to stick together. We were a minority group inside a stadium with 25,000 people.

"There were gangsters, thugs, rapists, child molesters, anything you want to put in there, it was in there. They were molesting children that we saw. If girls from our group walked to the toilet they were felt up and filthy comments made to them. It was horrible, terrible.

"It was the worst experience of our lives. The hurricane was a walk in the park compared to what happened afterwards."

Lisa van Grinsven, 23, from the southern Sydney suburb of Bangor, said she and her sister Michelle, 21, were backpacking in New Orleans when they were caught by the hurricane last Sunday.

"We were told to go to the Superdome to be safe, but it quickly became the worst place to be," she said.

"You couldn't go anywhere without being grabbed and hassled.

"We stopped queuing up for food as we were too scared. The boys in the group said not to go anywhere by ourselves but to go with them.

"Nobody really slept at night. The boys stayed awake watching as we were afraid the generator would go out and it would be total darkness again. That is when the rapes happened."

On the fourth day, a National Guardsman got the Australians out of the Superdome and rode shotgun over them as he moved them to the remains of the battered Hyatt Hotel.
"We didn't dare leave the room as looters were in the street."

If anyone thinks the Australians are exaggerating, they need only look at the murder of Chris Lane eight years later. Now it's not only crime-ravaged cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Memphis, and Birmingham that are getting hit -- the violence is spreading to relatively low-crime areas like Duncan and Spokane.

The Aussies held up in the Superdome weren't afraid of roving bands of guns. They were terrified of America's gangsta Frankensteins -- the ones with no stable family units, the ones patched together by radical progressives, government bureaucrats, civil rights shakedown artists, and non-profit hucksters.

Any doubts that the nuclear family remains the cornerstone of a civilized society, shouldbe laid to rest by what has happened to our country when only 10% try to do without it. In New Orleans, at the time of Katrina, most of the black kids were growing up in single-mother households. The black-run city's murder rate in 2005 was ten times the national average. Officials cited a dysfunctional court system, public apathy, and reluctant witnesses. Thousands of serious cases of assault, robbery, rape, and even murder had to be dropped because of threats of retaliation.

So the bottom line for Australian politicians like Fischer who want to blame America's "gun culture" for Chris Lane's murder is this: the NRA, guns and our Second Amendment had nothing to do with the decimation of the black community by progressives that gave rise to all this chaos.