Dear Australia,

I am very sorry for the death of your beautiful Son Christopher Lane.

I know it is because he came here, to America, that he is gone.

And for that I am truly sorry.

And to be honest, I don’t blame you for being angry.  And saddened.  And disgusted.   I don’t blame you for encouraging your citizens to avoid coming to America.   As Americans, we are often fearful of going someplace where violence seems to be  part of an every day existence.   So we can’t blame you for feeling the same way about here.   That would seem a little hypocritical.

I can’t give a defense for what happened.

There is absolutely no defense.

I have no way to give comfort or make it right.  That’s not possible and I know it.

I can only give you my heart felt condolences.   And let you know that America is full of people who are as stunned and shocked as you.  Horrified doesn’t begin to describe it.  I am ashamed that those who did this to your Son call themselves American.

I send up my prayers for  Mr. Lane’s family and friends, and country.

I am so very sorry.

And I understand how you feel.

Please accept my condolences.