In an Oklahoma Shooting on Friday, an Australian student was fatally shot as he jogged in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Christopher Lane, aged 22, from Melbourne, Australia, was a college baseball player and overseas student. He died tragically on the road where he was jogging, after being shot in the back.
Teenagers James Francis Edwards Jr, aged just 15, Chancey Allen Luna, aged 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, aged 17, have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.
Jones, the eldest of the three, admitted his guilt to the court on Tuesday saying: “I pulled the trigger.” Jones was told to be quiet by the judge presiding over the case, who told Him that the court proceedings at this stage were not to discuss precise details of the fatal shooting.
In the Oklahoma shooting, the man killed by the teenagers died at the scene. Dan Ford, the local Police Chief, spoke to reporters about the interviews already held with the suspects. He reported that Jones had said that he and his friends shot Lane because they were bored, and quoted him as saying they did it “just for the fun of it.”
Christopher Lane, gave up pursuing an Australian football career and instead came to America to pursue his dream of becoming a baseball star. Lane’s Girlfriend, Sarah Harper, laid a cross next to the sidewalk where her boyfriend was shot.
Australia’s former Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, spoke to the Herald Sun and was clearly appalled by the fatal shooting of one of his citizens. He said: “Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice. I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers, (but) it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA. There is a gun for almost every American.”
Do you agree with Mr Fischer that it is the fact that there is, in his words, a “gun for almost every American,” and this led to the fateful Oklahoma shooting on Friday?