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Gun Control Takes Aim at Fall Election

9 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

Gun control — a topic that polarizes Americans more than any other except, perhaps, abortion — is likely for the first time to become a major hot-button issue in a US presidential race. That expectation has been heightened by several factors, foremost the rising national concern about student gunmen who open fire in their schools. With Congress hamstrung over how to respond, and with both the gun-control lobby and the National Rifle Association building up their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Commission: Early Prevention Key to Kid Violence

9 March 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan congressional commission said that early prevention is key to preventing explosions of rage like those at several schools in the past few years. At a Capitol Hill press briefing this morning, the group released a report on youth violence that also pointed to community efforts, mental health services and effective juvenile-justice programs as important steps to preventing at-risk children from embracing crime and violence. The task force,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Continues Gun-Safety Plea

9 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Making the case for stricter gun safety laws, President Clinton suggested that measures included in legislation languishing on Capitol Hill could prevent tragedies such as the killing last week of a 6-year-old Michigan girl. "I'm not at all sure that even a callous, irresponsible drug dealer with a 6-year-old in the house wouldn't leave a child trigger lock on a gun," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's "Burden of Proof," a transcript of which was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Advocates Parental Liability on Guns

9 March 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — Custodial parents who "knowingly or recklessly" allow their children to obtain guns should be held legally liable, President Bill Clinton said during an interview aired Thursday on CNN's 'Burden of Proof.' "I think if the custodial adult either knowingly or recklessly leaves a gun where a child can get ahold of it, I think there should be some liability there," he told CNN's Greta van Susteren. "Of course I think there ought to be child trigger locks on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Kids, Guns and Responsibility

9 March 2000

ABC News (USA)

An overwhelming majority of Americans say parents should be charged with a crime if their child uses their gun to shoot someone. This follows the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old Michigan girl, allegedly by one of her elementary school classmates. In such cases, 75 percent say parents should be prosecuted for failing to keep the firearm out of their child's hands, this ABCNEWS.com poll found. Just 15 percent said the parents should not be charged with a crime. Separate... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mrs. Clinton Criticizes City for Missing Gun Safety Talks

9 March 2000

New York Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized New York City yesterday for failing to join more than two dozen cities, counties and states that are trying to force gun manufacturers to improve gun safety and tighten controls over gun sales through legal action. "Changes in the way guns are designed and manufactured, marketed and distributed could save many lives in the future," Mrs. Clinton said in an appearance at a Lower Manhattan office building yesterday with State Attorney... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

SAFE Wants Gun Control on Ballot

9 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Colorado's leading gun-control group Wednesday officially started its drive to take the gun issue out of the hands of legislators and put it into the hands of voters. "We feel the baton has been passed to us," said Arnie Grossman, co-president of SAFE Colorado. "We know the nation will be watching us in Colorado." Grossman and co-president John Head filed paperwork Wednesday morning to begin an initiative petition drive to require criminal background checks at gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Join D.C. March to Stop Gun Insanity

9 March 2000

Deseret Morning News (Utah)

Once again we read with horror and disgust a news story about a Michigan child gunning down another child. This shooting has left me feeling deeply saddened and angered but unfortunately not surprised. Haven't we all had enough? These children are not strangers. They are our children. It's not enough for us to discuss our regret and anger and terror with our friends and leave it to some nebulous "they" to do something about it. We are they. And goodness help us all... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Women Call for Gun Free South Africa

8 March 2000

African National Congress

Chanting the slogan "You strike a woman, you strike a rock", hundreds of women, including several MPs, marched to Parliament through the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday to mark International Women's Day. Holding aloft banners and placards proclaiming "Women say no to guns" and "Women demand safe gun-free streets", the women delivered a memorandum to Justice Minister Penuell Maduna and Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete, who met them at Parliament's front... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Urges Gun Checks Bill

8 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Complaining that Congress "has kept the American people waiting long enough," President Clinton urged lawmakers Tuesday to break an eight-month deadlock and require background checks on gun show sales. But Senate Republicans reacted cooly to Clinton's plea. "We are poles apart," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of a House-Senate negotiating committee charged with writing a compromise juvenile justice bill containing gun control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting Latest Blow for Flint

8 March 2000

Associated Press

FLINT, Michigan — The stores are boarded up along Detroit Road heading north from Flint toward the elementary school where little Kayla Rolland was shot to death. The auto jobs this industrial community was built on have been draining away, and poverty and unemployment are well above the state average. In Kayla's school district, some 70 percent of its 2,400 students qualify for free or subsidized meals. The first-grader's death last week in front of her teacher and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Check Bill Becomes La

8 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Gov. Bill Owens signed into law Tuesday the first gun-control bill to survive a combative legislative session that's seen more controversial parts of his gun package die. The bill makes state law reflect what Owens did in August by executive order-reinstate state-run criminal background checks on gun buyers. Owens referred to a shooting in Castle Rock as he signed SB 125, which places the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in charge of running the Insta-Check program on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

CBI Background Checks Reinstated

8 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Gov. Bill Owens celebrated his biggest victory in this year's gun debate Tuesday morning, signing legislation to reauthorize the state's background check for gun purchases. The $1 million-a-year InstaCheck program is the first piece of Owens' gun agenda to emerge from the Legislature. And it represents the only issue this year in which Owens took on the National Rifle Association and won. Owens cited the June murder of three little girls in Castle Rock as he signed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Hatch Balks at Gun Bill Negotiations

8 March 2000

Washington Post

President Clinton's hopes of breaking a congressional impasse on gun control after last week's fatal shooting of a Michigan first-grader met a stern Republican rebuke yesterday, as a key senator refused to convene House-Senate negotiations and accused the administration of trying to eliminate gun shows. "We're poles apart on what can or cannot be done," Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) told reporters after emerging from a White House meeting with the president and three... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom March planned

8 March 2000

Evansville Courier & Press (Indiana)

To the editor: Gun violence continues to take its relentless toll in America. It has been particularly devastating for our nation's children. In the United States, 14 children are killed by guns every day, a rate 15 times that of 25 other industrialized nations combined (National Center for Health Statistics). Firearm injuries are a second leading cause of injury and death in the United States. There are powerful special interests at work to block gun safety... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Juveniles Killed by Firearms Declining

8 March 2000

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON — Turning up the pressure for gun control, President Clinton on Tuesday personally urged congressional leaders to include "common sense" firearms restrictions in a juvenile crime bill that has been stalemated in Congress for almost one year. Clinton also met with the mother of a Michigan first-grader killed by a classmate last week. Asked why Congress would act in the wake of that tragedy, if it didnt after last years Columbine High School shootings,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Safety Bill Overdue, Clinton Says Congress Stalled Over Background Checks at Shows

8 March 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — President Clinton prodded senior lawmakers Tuesday to pass a gun-safety bill before April 20, the one-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, but lawmakers remain divided on details. Congress has been stalled for months over gun control. Lawmakers continue to quibble over the most controversial issue: mandatory background checks on all buyers at gun shows. "The American people have waited long enough," Clinton said after meeting with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Second Amendment - Whose Right is It Anyway?

8 March 2000

Fox News (USA)

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." — The Second Amendment to the Constitution NEW YORK — The "right to bear arms" is probably the most quoted part of the Second Amendment, but what about the rest of it? The gun-control debate begins and ends in this single sentence, with the ultimate question being: What does it mean? Because there is no single court... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Citing Study on Guns

7 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Looking to break a stalemate over gun control legislation, President Clinton is publicizing some troubling statistics about youths and firearms at a meeting with lawmakers today. Clinton was citing Justice Department statistics showing that the number of juveniles killed with a firearm increased sharply between 1987 and 1993, while other types of homicide remained constant. Clinton last week, lamenting that 13 children are killed by guns every day in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

White House Study Links Juvenile Homicide Rate to Gun Access Laws

7 March 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — Easier access to firearms contributed to a huge rise in the number of U.S. homicides and suicides among juveniles from 1987 to 1993, according to a new study released by the White House. The report, released Tuesday, said the rate of juvenile homicide increased 65 percent from 1987 to 1993. In 1993 alone, nearly 1,800 juveniles died in firearms-related homicide, the highest number on record. But during the following years, from 1993 to 1997, the number... (GunPolicy.org)

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