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Obama Somewhat Speaks on Murder of Christopher Lane View Count: 35

President Obama sent his condolences, but not much more, regarding the death of Australian visitor Christopher Lane, a baseball player shot and killed by three American teens who were “bored” and “decided to kill somebody.” The president, who has been vocal on gun issues from Aurora to Sandy Hook, and who has spoken out a few times regarding the untimely death of Trayvon Martin, who he wholly identified with — “Trayvon could have been me” — nevertheless hasn’t said much regarding the death of Lane.

Meanwhile, former deputy prime minister of Australia Tim Fischer is calling for a boycott of the United States to travelers till they get their gun control problem in order. This is the sort of thing a busy president could readily overlook, but it was brought to his attention by conservatives who urged him to say something nice for the deceased. “It would be a nice gesture for him,” said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who later, upon hearing the president had sent condolences, was pleased.

A statement appeared and was printed in Australia’s Herald Sun; it came through White House spokesman Matt Lehrich:

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“As the president has expressed on too many tragic occasions, there is an extra measure of evil in an act of violence that cuts a young life short. The president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with Chris Lane’s family and friends in these trying times.”

Well, it’s better than nothing, perhaps.

Meanwhile, District Attorney Jason Hicks is pursuing an investigation into 15-year-old James Edwards, Jr., and 16-year-old Chancey Luna, who will be tried as adults, along with Michael Dewayne Jones 17, who acted as a getaway vehicle driver. The youths were “Bored and just wanted to see somebody die.” Hicks, however, is not pursuing it as a hate crime, despite that Lane was white, saying that there is nothing “that would lead us to believe that Christopher Lane was killed simply because of his nationality, or because of his race.”

In fact, as the athlete was simply jogging, and shot from behind, it seems in fact he was killed for nothing at all.

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  • Damo1234

    You are incorrectly using two pictures of James Edwards Jr. with one of them labeled “Michael Jones”. That is incorrect and misleading, since Jones is white and Edwards is not (while the third teen, Chancey Luna is black of biracial parentage). It was a mistake made in early coverage but on most sites it has been corrected. You also incorrectly refer to Jones as “Joni”. Additionally, while Jones is charged as an “Accessory After the Fact” he is also being charged with “Using a Vehicle to Facilitate the Discharge of a Firearm” since his role was to chase after Lane in the car and allow a passenger to make the fatal shot.

    The President did not say he was unfamiliar with Lane’s death. White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the he personally wasn’t aware of the case. That does not mean that the President was not.

    The President’s statement was sent on Saturday, one day prior to the governor saying that that a statement should be made. When it was pointed out to her that the President had already sent his condolences before her interview she said that she was satisfied with them.

    Since the comparison has been made to the Martin case, it should be noted that the President’s response to Michael Lane’s killing came 8 days after that young man’s untimely demise, whereas 26 days passed after Trayvon Martin’s passing before the President’s condolences were sent. Additionally, the President’s comments on the Martin case were a response to an unsolicited question made as he was finishing a press conference on unrelated matters, when he was asked to comment on the case and in particular the allegations of continued racism in American society.

    The District Attorney is not pursuing this as a hate crime in part because it would be very difficult to prove that Lane was targeted primarily because of his race, and in part because, as he stated, prosecuting the crime as a hate crime would not result in the potential for a harsher sentence since hate crimes are only a misdemeanor under Oklahoma law – the crimes the teens are charged with carry the maximum potential sentences under state law.

  • Daniel June

    Thank you for your factual redactions. I have attempted to incorporate them all into the body of the news story.

    — Daniel

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