I’ll start by saying that in general, I’m a big fan of Australia; beautiful beaches and geography, friendly people and culture, and the fact that Australians step up and help out with military matters are all reasons I like Australia so much. One thing I don’t like about Australia, however, is their overzealous political anti-gun bias.
Case and point, Australia’s Olympic swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk recently visited the U.S. and now find themselves in trouble with Swimming Australia for having posed for pictures (and posted) with firearms. Swimming Australia issued a statement saying it became aware of “inappropriate photos” and “instantly contacted the athletes involved to ask for them to be removed.”
The Australian Olympic Committee said it would wait for the Swimming Australia investigation into the latest episode before considering sanctions for what it described as “foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic team.”
“This incident serves as a warning to all athletes … about the dangers of social media,” Nick Green, Australia’s chef de Mission for the London team said in a statement. “We say again to our athletes, do not put anything up on social media that you would not share with your mother or your grandmother.
The only thing I find to be troubling with the above photo is where the firearms are pointing and that fingers appear to be on triggers. Short of that, the pictures are fine and what I would expect to see from people who live in a culture that heavily restricts firearm access. What is of far more concern to me, and should be for the Australian public, is the past brushes with the law both of these two young men have. If you want to have a public image black eye, you need go no further than that. To make a big deal out of posing with guns just looks silly in retrospect.