Should the civilized world call for sanctions on the US?

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One of the big weapons in the arsenal of the US is sanctions. Sanctions can have huge impacts on the economies of other nations – one need only look at the damage we’ve done to the economies of Russia and Iran. Sanctions certainly aren’t as sexy as bombs, but in many cases they’re far more effective.

Maybe it’s time for the civilized world to call for sanctions on the US until we do something about our gun violence problem.

At least one group in Australia — a country that managed to do something about mass shootings — is calling for a travel ban on America because, face it, with the highest levels of gun violence in the industrialized world, we are an extremely dangerous country.

Wouldn’t it be nice if travel bans and sanctions led to the US joining the civilized world?

Emily Atkin at Think Progress:

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in America, there are a lot of Australians unhappy with the United States. America has failed, they note, to implement any gun control measures to prevent these recurring tragedies — no background check expansions, no bans on larger assault weapons, no nothing.

But besides expressing disgust and leading by example, is there anything Australians can actually do about it?

One group thinks there is. In an interview on Australia’s Today Show, Gun Control Australia director Samantha Lee suggested a boycott of non-essential travel to America to protest its inaction on gun control.

“We have 2.1 million Australians visiting the U.S. every year and over 200,000 expats in America,” Lee said. “So I believe we have a duty to respond to this tragedy in the U.S. And the way to do this is have a boycott of non-essential travel to the U.S.”

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