FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Another politicization of a tragic case
By now, we know the story of Chris Lane. An Australian native and baseball player in Oklahoma was shot and killed by three “bored” teens.
Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan where his girlfriend and her family live, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday.
A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven’t found the weapon used in last week’s shooting, Ford said.
That teen and the others – ages 15 and 16 – remain in custody, and Ford said the district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday. It wasn’t known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,'” Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'”
It is a downright awful tale, something that should never have happened. Of course, in the tragic, downward spiral society is plummeting down. For reasons I can’t really explain rationally, people are comparing it to the case of Trayvon Martin, which needs to stop immediately. There are horrific tweets coming from some who say Lane “deserved” it because he is white. Some call it justice for Trayvon.
But, on the other side, some are referring to the three young men as “Obama’s sons,” a reference to Barack Obama saying that if he had a son, he would look like Martin. This, too, is horrific. A young man is dead and, just as Obama did in the case of Martin, those using the phrase “Obama’s sons” are politicizing the shooting when there doesn’t need any political involvement whatsoever.
Let the Left, people like Piers Morgan who trumpet about America’s love of guns at every opportunity, make fools of themselves. Be better than that. If the GOP wants to win hearts and minds, this would be a really good place to start.