Australian pol suggests U.S. travel warning after San Bernardino terror attack

Australian pol suggests U.S. travel warning after San Bernardino terror attack
Tim Fischer, gun-phobic. (Image: SMH, Marina Neil)

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. …

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

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

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