An Open Letter To Australia

To all my friends and readers –

I’ve been struggling all week long trying to write an acceptable post about the tragedy with the young Australian baseball player visiting in Oklahoma.  I wrote and then discarded at least four attempts, but I could never quite find the right words to express how I feel.  Today, I came across this post on “The Repentant Republican” and immediately realized that nothing that I could add to his sentiments would say it better.  I usually don’t like to reblog, preferring to present my thoughts in my own words.  However, in this case, I defer to the skills and talent of this blogger.

See ya – JF

The Repentant Republican

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Dear Citizens of Australia,

I don’t know what to say, other than “I’m sorry”.

When I read the story about the horrifying murder of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma this week, I was deeply saddened. By all accounts, a good kid with a promising future, gunned down while jogging by three teens who were apparently “bored”. I cannot even begin to fathom the pain that his family, friends, and everyone in Australia is feeling right now. My heart goes out to all of you.

When I read about the reaction of the people there, including calls for Aussies to think twice about visiting the United States amidst our violent gun culture, I had only one reaction:

You’re right. About everything.

Heck, I do it all the time. When I think about planning a trip to an off-the-beaten-path locale, I always hear a voice in my head asking “Is…

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