As James Edwards, Chancey Luna, and Michael Jones await their future trial, people all across the globe are still reacting to Christopher Lane’s seneless murder. In particular, many Australian citizens – Australia was Christopher Lane’s homeland – have announced a boycott of America as punishment for this horrific crime.
Australian Prime Minister Tim Fischer announced on CNN last night that he wants other Australians to ban visiting, buying from, or otherwise supporting America.
Fischer claims that the murder of Christopher Lane is not an isolated incident, but instead it is another example of America’s crime problem. Fischer said, “People thinking of going to the USA for business or tourists trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people.”
There have also been recent threats to the schools the boys attend prompting increased security measures.
The threats have been so bad that school superintended Sherry Labyer penned a letter to all parents. She wrote, “The credibility of the person or persons communicating the threats is very difficult to ascertain. However, we want to be proactive in taking reasonable precautions.”
If there is any goodness to be taken from this hateful response to hate, it is that a donation fund to cover Christopher Lane’s final expenses has already more than quadrupled its $15,000 goal.
In response to the generous donations, Christopher Lane’s Family wrote, "We are so grateful for everyone's generosity and truly are touched by the support we have received. We are blessed to now be able to give Chris the farewell he deserves and any remaining money will go into a Christopher Lane Fund which will provide support to an organization Christopher was passionate about. We just can not believe how many lives Christopher has touched and glad we can do so much in his memory."
Christopher Lane will surely be missed. And no amount of boycotts, threats of violence, or life sentences of teenage boys will bring him back.