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Australian politician calls for US travel warning after California shooting

Tim Fischer, a retired Australian politician and former deputy prime minister in the right-wing government of Prime Minister John Howard, issued a stern rebuke of U.S. gun laws Thursday in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino attacks.

In an interview with Australia’s ABC News, Fischer decried the prevalence of mass shootings in the United States, insisting that it’s time to “call out” Washington.

“All [the shootings are] unacceptable because the U.S. is not stepping up on the public policy reform front,” said Fischer, who was a prominent campaigner for the gun law reforms enacted by Howard’s government following a 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The Australian state bought back more than 600,000 firearms from gun owners.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, those measures significantly curbed gun violence in the country:

Since the mid-1990s, Australia’s firearm mortality rate has dropped from 2.6 per 100,000 people to just under one per 100,000, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The rate in the US is more than 10 per 100,000, according to the US National Vital Statistics Report.

In the 18 years leading up to the Port Arthur massacre, there were 13 mass killings in Australia. There have been zero in the 19 years since.

Fischer urged Canberra to consider its formal travel advice for Australians planning to visit the U.S. “Have we not reached a stage where the Smart Traveller advice of [the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] now needs to be muscled up?” he asked.

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer.

Andreas Solaro/AFP

Like many other overseas observers, he poured scorn on the U.S.’s National Rifle Association.

“The NRA in particular needs to be called out for their unacceptable blockage of any sensible reform, including [ammunition] magazine limitation,” he said.

As The Washington Post’s Karla Adam details, the U.S.’ particular culture of gun violence is the subject of incredulity and macabre fascination in countries elsewhere.

“The rest of the world looks on with utter bewilderment,” read an editorial in the Irish Times.

© 2015, The Washington Post

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I hate talking politics, but I hate ignorance even more. So… I just saw this morning’s online edition of the Tico Times, which includes an article from the Washington Post about a retired Australian politician who is railing against the USA’s gun laws.

And I Just Wrote a Post about how Inaccurate News Reporting is, just a couple of days ago.

To put this into perspective..

I am no big fan of the USA, and I certainly don’t agree with all of the gun laws and gun policy in the 50 States of the USA and the U.S. Federal Government. This post has nothing to do with the “Right” or “Wrong” of any gun laws within the 50 States of the USA, or those gun laws and regulations in U.S. Federal Law or CFR.

This post is about the inaccuracies of reporting in the media, and the ignorance of people who claim to be experts. This retired Australian politician, Tim Fischer, has NO business commenting on U.S. Law and policy, when he clearly doesn’t understand it. So… here’s what I’m going to do…

I am going to take Tim Fischer, the Washington Post, and Ishaan Tharoor (the author of this article) to task, and tear them all brand new a**h**es, by pointing out every single inaccuracy that I can find in this article. I’m not going to call the Tico Times to task on this article, since the Tico Times simply distributed an article published by the Washington Post.

Here are the links to the article…

http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/12/04/…ornia-shooting

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/…rnia-shooting/

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And now… Here is the text of the article, quoted… and torn apart… by me…

My comments are preceded by an asterisk (*)

–> Tim Fischer, a retired Australian politician and former deputy prime minister in the right-wing government of Prime Minister John Howard, issued a stern rebuke of U.S. gun laws Thursday in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino attacks.

*The implication is that the U.S. Federal Government has sovereign authority over gun laws in the 50 States which share Sovereignty with the U.S. Federal Government. IT… DOES… NOT!

–> In an interview with Australia’s ABC News, Fischer decried the prevalence of mass shootings in the United States, insisting that it’s time to “call out” Washington.

*I’ll repeat that for you…

The implication is that the U.S. Federal Government has sovereign authority over gun laws in the 50 States which share Sovereignty with the U.S. Federal Government. IT… DOES… NOT!

–> “All [the shootings are] unacceptable because the U.S. is not stepping up on the public policy reform front,” said Fischer, who was a prominent campaigner for the gun law reforms enacted by Howard’s government following a 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The Australian state bought back more than 600,000 firearms from gun owners.

*Implies that the government of “the Australian state” has the same authority as the government of the Federal Republic known as the United States of America. These two states are vastly different in composition, law, and sovereign authority.

–> According to the Sydney Morning Herald, those measures significantly curbed gun violence in the country:

Since the mid-1990s, Australia’s firearm mortality rate has dropped from 2.6 per 100,000 people to just under one per 100,000, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The rate in the US is more than 10 per 100,000, according to the US National Vital Statistics Report.

In the 18 years leading up to the Port Arthur massacre, there were 13 mass killings in Australia. There have been zero in the 19 years since.

* This is known as “False Cause”, often illustrated by using the phrase: “correlation is not causation”

No matter how logical the correlation might seem, it is not Proof.

–>Fischer urged Canberra to consider its formal travel advice for Australians planning to visit the U.S. “Have we not reached a stage where the Smart Traveller advice of [the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] now needs to be muscled up?” he asked.

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer. Andreas Solaro/AFP
Like many other overseas observers, he poured scorn on the U.S.’s National Rifle Association.

–> “The NRA in particular needs to be called out for their unacceptable blockage of any sensible reform, including [ammunition] magazine limitation,” he said.

* You might not agree with it, but ‘unacceptable’? It is the right and responsibility of organizations like the NRA, and also the right of all free citizens of the USA, to press their opinions, under the USA’s “adversarial” system. It is the right and responsibility of opposing organizations and individuals to press their opinions. Laws in the USA are not passed by a Minority Vote, folks. You might not like the NRA or its viewpoints, but… due to the very nature of the USA’s legislative and judicial systems, it is quite obvious that a lot of people Do like the NRA and its viewpoints. It’s called “Democracy”, folks. I know that it’s a big word, but it is in the dictionary. Look it up when you get a chance.

–> As The Washington Post’s Karla Adam details, the U.S.’ particular culture of gun violence is the subject of incredulity and macabre fascination in countries elsewhere.

*Nice to know that a Washington Post employee is the official spokesperson for “countries elsewhere.” There are no references or data anywhere in this article to back up Karla Adam’s claim. Is that what you call “responsible journalism?”

–> “The rest of the world looks on with utter bewilderment,” read an editorial in the Irish Times.

Wow! Just toss in a reference from the Irish Times? Where did that come from? Author’s name? Any supporting evidence? No?

Well… I SAY that the rest of the world DOES NOT look on with utter bewilderment. How is my statement less valid than this statement tossed in, allegedly from the Irish Times, with no supporting evidence whatsoever.

This anonymous author from the Irish Times says “This”… I say “That”. So There

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