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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 06:23 PM

2. So long as its OK for Americans to boycott Australian tourism, good and services in response.

Americans certainly do not support the murder, and the prosecutor appears anxious to punish the offender as severely as the law will allow. Australia is certainly not immune to violent crime, with or without the use of a gun.

If Mr. Fischer believes that America should be punished through trade because we generally support gun rights, well, be careful what you wish for. If his boycott takes hold, which I very much doubt, don't be surprised if Americans, including many Democrats, decide that Australia might not be good tourist destination or that their dollars should not be spent on Australian goods.

Nevertheless, his convenient political preening is likely meaningless. Any Australian so afraid of American gun laws, or misinformed and do not believe tourists are as safe here as anywhere, already would not visit the United States.

He links his opposition to guns to former PM Howard. Although Howard is in fact a gun opponent, he often speaks quite positively about the United States and often visits the country. I'll take Fischer's hyperbolic boycott talk more seriously when John Howard vocally agrees to such nonsense.

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