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Gun Pose Gets Aussie Swimmers in Trouble

Gun Pose Gets Aussie Swimmers in Trouble

In a move which will perplex many Americans (but probably not anyone else), two Australian Olympic swimmers are in trouble for posing with guns.

The picture taken in a Californian gun shop of Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk has been ordered removed from Facebook by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

It shows Monk holding two pump-action shotguns across his chest and D’Arcy holding two pistols.

The AOC called the photo “foolish and clearly inappropriate.” Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper called the two ‘idiots.’ Gun Control Australia spokesman John Crook said it was “a photo of two kids playing macho boys.”

Retired Australian Olympic swimmer, television sports commentator and radio presenter Nicole Livingstone called for the pair to be sent home straight after competing in the London Olympics.

Monk was holding the same type of pump-action shot guns used by Martin Bryant who murdered 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. It was one of the deadliest shootings worldwide committed by a single person.

That massacre led to a sea change in Australian opinion on guns and on gun control.

The then conservative government overcame strong opposition to introduce new restrictions. This included the attempted intervention of the American National Rifle Association (NRA). The Federal and state governments banned and heavily restricted the legal ownership and use of self-loading rifles, self-loading and pump-action shotguns, and heavily tightened controls on their legal use.

Writes Chris Paine:

For better or for worse, kids idolise swimmers in this country. And parents don’t want to see their kids’ idols brandishing rifles and pistols on the front page of every newspaper in Australia.

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2:03PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

okay, sorry folks, i'm not going to put any serious brain-time into a comment here, this just isn't worth my time, got more important things to do, like give my dog a bath, put new strings on my guitar, scrub my toilet...

8:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

My first impression of the article was tourists walking into a gun shop, Wow, you can get these off the shelf LOL ... *snap* .. end of story, but apparently these guys have a history of [nonlethal] violence which makes their brandishing firearms a little more chilling. Less "Make my day hahahahaha" and more "Make my day, who's laughing now?"
I am theoretically pro-gun, but idiots with guns worry me.

10:01PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I wonder if everyone is missing a point, as I could be also when stating this. If I remember correctly, I believe that in the 1970's the Olympic Games were held in Sarajevo, and a number of Israeli athletes were taken hostage by a political faction. I believe they were all murdered. The Olympic association would be in its rights to wish their participants to disassociate themselves from weapons in any public, non-sporting venue while they are competing.

3:24PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

When kids do stupid stuff, as they are wont to do, tell them they were "idiots" and they will blush & apologize. Overreact and take away privileges they spent their life earning... they will become defensive. You lose the moral high ground.

9:20AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Good, the photo is repulsive.

8:34AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

When you sell your Soul to the olimoics and the corperat sponsers you should be prepaired to play by their rules. It is Ok to have fun just as long as it dont mess with some corperat bottom line. Them boys evidentaly crossed that line.

6:06AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

just stupid.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Freedom of speech & expression... Sorry, but there are more important things to bitch about. IF these guys have done such bad things in the past, then prosecute them for those things, but posing for a picture in a playful manner is NOTHING to get your panties in a twist over & I don't care what someone's views of guns are... I have a low view of nooses but if some boys took a pic of themselves w/a noose around their neck, I wouldn't bitch about it...

Stephen H- you are 100% right, but Americans nowdays are wimps & actually want to be controlled more than ever before. They fall right into the commy scare of McCarthy... Oh wait... I mean Terrorist scare of Clinton, GW, & BO... We're waking up to a much different country than before. They can have their change. I want the American dream back. And there are many more like me.

10:08PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

@Fred F. I think you are missing the point. These two swimmers are not on holiday. Theirs is an all expenses trip to the Olympics at Australian taxpayers expense. No, it might not have been illegal to visit an American rifle range and pose with lethal weapons but these two idiots chose to advertise their exploits via Facebook. Both have been in trouble before at home and while chosen as sporting representatives and ambassadors, they should have shown some common sense. That they have been allowed to compete at all is disgraceful, particularly when other swimmers missed out at the Olympic selection trials. Think about how them.

9:40PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

oh wow. I think this is being overly critical of boys being boys; i doubt the one holding the pistol even thought about "oh isn't this the gun that caused the massacre". It's not like they have a giant edifice of the gun for everyone to check and remember. Also, a lot of kids look up to the police as role models, should we take their guns too? Love, Not-an-American

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