Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer blames U.S. gun culture for shooting death

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A former Australian government leader has blamed the gun culture in the United States for the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma and condemned America's lax firearm controls as a corruptive influence around the world.

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer was speaking on Saturday on the eve of a tribute baseball game being played in shooting victim Chris Lane's hometown of Melbourne.

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Lane was shot in the back and killed last week while jogging in Duncan, an Oklahoma community where the three teenagers accused in his killing live.

Fischer says the failure of the U.S. Congress to mandate background checks for sales at gun shows and to curb the availability of guns fed the illegal firearm trade in Australia and elsewhere.

Duncan First Baptist Church hosted a vigil to honor Lane on the Plato Elementary playground.

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