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Million Mom March Seeks Support for a Chicago Rally

2 May 2000

Chicago Tribune

Trying to draw broader backing for gun-control legislation and make the issue more accessible, organizers of the upcoming Million Mom March in Washington, D.C. were drumming up support Monday for a local rally on the same day. They hope thousands of Chicago-area residents-mothers, fathers, children, "anybody with a mom"-will come to the lakefront on Mother's Day to participate. The May 14 gathering, which backers say will demonstrate to Congress that typical American... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Armed Police to Be Given 'Take it Easy' Guidelines

1 May 2000

Times (UK)

Police marksmen are to be given guidelines demanding a more sensitive approach to armed operations to stop them ending in a siege or shootout. A more cautious strategy will be adopted rather than the "meet fire with fire" assumption that armed police are needed when there is any suggestion of gun-related crime. Commanders will be urged to use more flexible, sensitive and sophisticated strategies because new thinking holds that sending squads of armed officers at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Los Angeles Moms Fighting Guns on a Local Level

1 May 2000

Los Angeles Times

Kathi Friedman's epiphany came in February, the afternoon she joined other mothers being interviewed about the Million Mom March at a television studio in south-central Los Angeles. The only white woman in the room, the property manager who lives in Hancock Park suddenly realized she was also the only mother there who hadn't lost a child or family member to gun violence. Some had lost two or three. "It was a life-changing experience," said Friedman, an anti-violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Women Up in Arms

1 May 2000

Beacon Journal (Ohio)

To be a Second Amendment Sister, you don't have to a woman. Take it from Steven Ling. The Massillon man is the local organizer for a march in Washington, D.C., on Mother's Day. His is one of two national groups that will compete for time and attention, press and public sympathy. The Second Amendment Sisters-the group is named for the constitutional right to bear arms-is sponsoring the Armed Informed Mothers March, AIMM for short. The Million Mom March is sponsoring a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Controls Cut Firearm Suicides

30 April 2000

Sydney Morning Herald

Young people most often commit suicide by hanging and carbon monoxide poisoning but less frequently by using firearms. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that although restricting the availability of guns has seen firearm deaths fall, it has only moved the problem. Between 1979 and 1998 the number of male suicides involving guns fell from 7 to 2.4 per 100,000 deaths. In the same period, suicide by hanging increased from 2.6 to 11.2 per... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Senate Set for Showdown on Guns and Vouchers

30 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, angry that gun trigger locks and other safety measures remain stalled in juvenile justice legislation, now have a new vehicle big and popular enough to push their cause for weeks: education. And, as debate begins Monday, federal school aid programs may get caught in the cross hairs. "You can't separate safety and security in schools from the issue of the availability and the accessibility of guns," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Girl, 5, Shoots 2-Year-Old Dead in Northern Canada

29 April 2000

Reuters

MONTREAL — A 5-year-old girl shot a 2-year-old boy dead when the children were left alone with rifles at a remote native hunting camp in northern Quebec, police said on Saturday. The shooting occurred late Thursday after two men from the Cree village of Chisasibi, east of James Bay, returned on their snowmobiles from a geese hunting trip. "The hunters put their rifles by the door of the (cabin) and two children were playing inside," Quebec provincial police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Armed and American

29 April 2000

Sydney Morning Herald

Even the President of the United States is powerless against the growing gun lobby. But after decades of killing by gun-toting gangsters, assassins and schoolchildren, middle-class mothers are taking a stand, writes Gay Alcorn. In a cramped classroom at the back of a gun shop, seven law-abiding citizens from Denver, Colorado, are learning how to defend themselves against a stranger intent on doing them harm. Sue Frederiksen, a challenger to stereotypes as a former... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Gov't to Step Up Gun Control, Gun-Related Crime Rising

28 April 2000

Kyodo News

TOKYO — The government decided Friday to step up efforts to stop the rising incidence of the use of guns in crime, government officials said. The decision came at a meeting held at the prime minister's official residence after the National Police Agency released a report saying for first three months of this year, there were 50 crimes reported in which guns were involved, 1.6 times the corresponding period last year. Of the total, robbery involving guns rose to 37... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Gangs Targeting Firearm Collectors-MP

28 April 2000

Press (Christchurch)

Criminal gangs were targeting licensed firearms collectors in the Wellington region, New Zealand First's law and order spokesman Ron Mark says. Up to 200 handguns had been stolen this year and he was "concerned that gang members are getting access to information about licensed gun collections that should only be available to the police" Mr Mark said the handguns being stolen were those collected by licensed owners or those stored in strong-rooms by approved pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Federal Program Aims to Remove 7,000 Guns from Washington Streets

28 April 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — In the wake of Monday's shooting at Washington's National Zoo, President Bill Clinton will announce Friday that the White House and the District of Columbia are teaming up to try to remove 7,000 guns off the streets of the nation's capital, senior administration officials tell CNN. During an event at a Washington police academy, the president will announce that the federal government is teaming up with the district's government to share the cost of a new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

GOP vs Guns: Is it for Real?

28 April 2000

Boston Globe

It's a miracle! The Republicans want gun control! Just when we thought George W. Bush's first act as president would be to pin Charlton Heston with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the GOP has made one of the most dramatic turnarounds in political history. Until Elian Gonzalez, Republicans could not spell G-U-N even if you spotted them the G and the N. Now — Holy Magnum — they will hold hearings to find out why federal agents brandished guns to rescue Elian from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

These Moms Are 3 in a Million

28 April 2000

Detroit News

With a full-time job and two small children, the one thing Lori Mizzi-Spillane has very little of is time. So little of it, in fact, that she had to take a day off work last December to wrap her Christmas presents. But life is full of ironies. With scissors in hand and her holiday stress at an all-time high, Mizzi-Spillane of Troy just happened to glance at the Today Show in the midst of her wrapping frenzy. For 30 seconds, she watched three women from New Jersey,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

Most Papua New Guinea MPs Carry Guns, Says Prime Minister

27 April 2000

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Mekere Morauta says that most members of the nation's Parliament carry guns. His 26 April 2000 statements were designed to end media controversy regarding revelations that National Capital District Commission Administrator Jamie Maxtone-Graham and Telikom Papua New Guinea chairman Pila Niningi carried firearms paid for by taxpayers. The news drew an angry public response, as firearms laws in the country are very strict, with only a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Cities Join Gun Safety Coalition

27 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Unbowed by a gun industry lawsuit aimed at overturning a key provision of a national gun safety plan, 190 communities have signed on Smith & Wesson's pledge to adopt new safety and responsibility standards. "We have turned a page in the book on gun violence in this nation," said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who was joined by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., at a news conference today to announce that 190 local governments have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US to Open Gun Court Showdown With Child Victims

27 April 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Clinton administration said on Thursday it would call child survivors of gun rampages as opening witnesses in a looming court showdown with most gun makers. Included would be survivors of the April 20, 1999, massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School, where two students killed 12 schoolmates, and a shooting on Monday outside the National Zoo in Washington that wounded seven, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Re-registration Plan Misfires

27 April 2000

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

In a move that shocked gun-control supporters, the state Legislature last night abandoned plans to require gun owners to re-register their weapons. Legislators said the plan was not workable, adding that the police told them it would be a "strain on their manpower." It pleased pro-gun supporters who had said the plan to have gun owners register their arms on a regular basis was impractical and wouldn't work. The action last night is a blow to Gov. Ben Cayetano, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Reluctant Industry Pursues 'Smart' Guns

27 April 2000

USA Today

Like today's parents, gun owners in the Old West didn't want their kids shooting off Daddy's revolver by accident. Doting frontier parents helped make a 19th-century best seller out of a hard-to-shoot Colt .32 that was nicknamed the "lemon squeezer." Alarmed by a child's death in 1880, Colt's Manufacturing Co. developed the safer shooting iron and sold 400,000 of them. On the handle was a "grip safety," a lever that had to be depressed forcefully before the trigger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 Gun Manufacturers Sue HUD, States, Cities

27 April 2000

Washington Post

Seven gun manufacturers sued Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo and a group of state and local governments yesterday, accusing them of an illegal conspiracy to force police to buy guns that comply with safety requirements opposed by most gunmakers. The federal court lawsuit is an attempt to "end an illegal attempt by a number of self-appointed and self-important elected officials to violate the basic rights of a legitimate and responsible... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Gun Issue May Backfire for Gore

27 April 2000

Chicago Tribune

To hear Al Gore tell it, George W. Bush is better qualified to be head of the Dalton gang than president of the United States. Democrats think the governor is vulnerable on the issue of guns, mainly because he supported a law allowing trigger-happy Texans to keep their six-shooters close at hand wherever they go. This record, Gore assumes, will not be appealing to suburban women who have reservations about letting their children play with water pistols. "He overturned... (GunPolicy.org)

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