Gun-toting Olympians forced to leave London early, banned from social media

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  1. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I'm not pro free for all gun toting culture, but I think this is ridiculous..

    1) They were at a perfectly legal range

    2) They posed, probably via media pressure, for an innocent picture.

    They were then jumped on by the IOC, Australian Olympic committee etc.


    Now they are leaving the Olympics early.

    Nuts.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    WTF?

    So the Australians are being banned from Britain for something done in the United States?

    Are Olympians going to be banned from London for smoking a joint in Amsterdam?
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    They aren't being banned, it's a self-imposed decision for them to leave when their event finishes.
     
  4. Abstract, Jul 21, 2012
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    I don't believe that your Amsterdam example is the same.


    I actually don't mind the ban if their actions brought significant negative attention to their fellow Australian swim team, and the country in general. Technically, they are "representing their country."

    Having said that, there's nothing wrong with them posing with guns. They weren't pretending to aim the guns at people. If the crime was that they were smiling during the photo, well.....what do you expect in a vacation photo? To Australians, holding guns and looking tough is part of the mystique of America as a country, and being American. It's a sad image of the US, but that's not Australia's fault. :p Part of "vacationing" in the US is doing some of the weird things you don't do at home.

    And if I went to a museum and posed beside a tank and smiling, is that somehow endorsing wars or something? How about sitting and riding an elephant in India? Those elephants are "broken" at an early age to allow humans to ride them. By "broken", I mean tortured from birth until they have no more spirit, or fight. Would that be like condoning animal torture?

    I'd kick them off the squad if they got into bar fights while overseas, or doing drugs. The punishment has created more negative publicity than there would have been if they didn't bring so much attention to it. Media attention has dragged for several weeks. :confused:
     
  5. Queso macrumors G4

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    If the AOC is paying their bills the AOC decides how long they stay. Of course Americans won't understand it, but that's the decision.

    These guys haven't been kicked off the squad BTW. They still get to compete.
     
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    it appears that Brits wont understand it either :p
     
  7. Queso macrumors G4

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    Only those Brits who don't RTFA :D
     
  8. eric/ Guest

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    Of course Americans won't understand it? :rolleyes:
     
  9. Queso macrumors G4

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    In your case you'll claim to, but from the evidence in other threads that doesn't convince anyone.
     
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    In what way could I possibly not understand that the one who pays the bills makes the decision?

    Agreement or disagreement doesn't even have anything to do with this and I don't really think I need to convince anybody of anything.

    You're making sweeping, derogatory generalizations.
     
  11. Queso macrumors G4

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    I can't be bothered with you today eric/. I'm just going to stick you on ignore for a bit :)
     
  12. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    Brits getting ready for the shooting events? have they been forced to hide on rooftops until it's their event? :p

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Queso macrumors G4

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    Someone just misread the entry form for the Javelin.

    At least we should get a medal though :p
     
  14. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    depends on who you shoot I suspose ;)
     
  15. lannisters4life macrumors 6502

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    Nick D'Arcy... oh my, I met his father once. Not a pleasant gentleman.
     
  16. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Guilty as charged.
     
  17. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I don't know exactly how that 'thing' works, but instinct tells me not to stand directly behind it.
     
  18. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    When you actually read the article, it's really a non story. :D
     

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