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You Can't Mess With a Million Moms

12 May 2000

Times (UK)

On Sunday a vast army of angry mothers will descend on Washington shouting about guns, scaring the politicians and storming what was once a strictly male preserve: the debate over firearms, which currently outnumber women in America by two to one. Most of these women will come to condemn guns; some will come to defend them. Here are the stories of two demonstrators that may serve to symbolise how dramatically the gun debate has shifted away from machismo to motherhood,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Politicians Seize Gun Issue Prior to US Rallies

12 May 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — With thousands ready to demonstrate over gun control on Mother's Day, Texas Gov. George W. Bush proposed on Friday handing out gun locks to those who want them, while the White House announced new grants to study "smart gun" technology. Politicians of all stripes spoke out on the issue of guns just two days before demonstrations were planned in cities all across the country. President Clinton met for 70 minutes in the White House with representatives of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

FBI Computer Flaw Halts Gun Sales

12 May 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — All gun sales have been halted nationwide since Thursday afternoon because an internal software problem in the FBI criminal history database has temporarily halted instant background checks of gun buyers, the FBI said Friday. The FBI's Interstate Identification Index, a database that has the criminal histories of 36 million people, stopped working late Thursday afternoon. FBI and contractor employees expected to have it working again by Saturday evening... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bush Offers Free Trigger Locks

12 May 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush today announced he will distribute free trigger locks for handguns in Texas but President Clinton said the likely Republican presidential nominee simply was trying to convince Americans he is not under the sway of the National Rifle Association. "If he comes out and gives away gun trigger locks, then he doesn't have to explain why we're still importing large-capacity ammunition clips and why he doesn't want to close the gun-show... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom March to Turn Political

12 May 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The leader of Sunday's "Million Mom March" for gun control said today that her new, grass-roots movement will transform itself after the rally into a political organization that will endorse and oppose political candidates. Donna Dees-Thomases, a public relations executive from Short Hills, N.J., said that starting Monday, she and other mothers "will take off our oven mitts and look at candidates very closely. Shame on us if we do not keep it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Gives Firms $600,000 for 'Smart' Guns

12 May 2000

Reuters

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — President Clinton gave $600,000 to two gun makers Friday, including one that has already pledged changes in its sales practices, to develop "smart-gun" technology that allows only a weapon's owner to fire it. "We have to have someone in the industry help us with this research," Clinton told reporters, denying any attempt to reward gun makers for their cooperation. He announced the grants amid a flurry of publicity ahead of Sunday's planned... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Dealer: Couple Bought 43 Guns

12 May 2000

Miami Herald

Firearms dealer Edward Bluestein told grinning jurors Thursday that he thought the Irish-American couple from Weston was buying guns by the dozen to arm themselves against the threat of a Y2K calamity. The truth, prosecutors say, is that Anthony Smyth and Siobhan Browne planned to ship the guns to Belfast for use by the Irish Republican Army. "I thought they were playing king and queen of the condo and trying to buy up the guns," said Bluestein, 56. drawing snickers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Sisters' Take on Mothers

12 May 2000

Salon (USA)

Some more "we're not going to take it anymore" women plan to march through the protest-magnet center of Washington this weekend and fight for their rights-to own guns. And, they'd add, that includes big ol' guns as well as guns without safety locks, registration requirements or the tyranny of other government restrictions. Consider it a version of a "Take Back the Night" march minus the mourning candles, beat-up Birkenstocks and NOW buttons. This protest is called, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Why Million Mom March Can Rally Nation Against Guns

12 May 2000

USA Today

On Saturday, Cheryl Reynolds, Republican, mother of three and stepmom of two, will travel to the national Million Mom March from Boise on a ticket she bought with money saved from four months of bringing peanut butter sandwiches to the office. Reynolds, shaken by Columbine and other school shootings, is marking not only her first trip to Washington, D.C., but also her first-ever political act. "I'm not trying to take away anyone's right to own a gun," Reynolds says.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Women's March Could Carry Over Into Campaigns

12 May 2000

Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Sunday's Million Mom March on the Mall has the potential to be something much larger than either its one-day turnout, emotional appeal, or hype suggests. If it succeeds in pushing gun control up high on the national agenda, it could help Al Gore's bid for president and endanger congressional Republicans in swing districts. Gun control has emerged as a major concern of women in this election year, so potent that some predict the march could generate a new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Marching for Uniform Gun Laws

12 May 2000

Washington Post

Virtually all the gun-control legislation being advanced by organizers of Sunday's Million Mom March has been tried-somewhere. What they want, they say, is to try everywhere, through national standards. Handgun purchases are limited to one a month, but only in South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and California. Waiting periods are long, but only in 19 states. Guns are subject to the sort of safe-use standards normally applied to toasters, cars and other consumer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Do Marches Make a Difference? Critics of Mass Rallies Say There Are More Effective Ways to Push for Change

12 May 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — When an estimated 200,000 demonstrators gather here Sunday for the Million Mom March, they hope politicians heed their call for tougher handgun restrictions. But when the speeches end and the crowd disperses, will the message be swept away with the Dixie cups and placards? In the case of Sunday's event, the answer not only could help determine whether Congress places more restrictions on handgun purchases, but also might influence how tomorrow's social... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Support Down in Poll on Gun Restrictions

12 May 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Against the political backdrop of Sunday's Million Mom March for gun control, a new poll shows that overall support for restrictions on guns has declined in the last two months, mostly because men have grown increasingly sympathetic toward the rights of gun owners. The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, found that the gender gap on the gun issue is growing. When asked what was more important, gun-owners' rights or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Rift Over Locations Yields 2 Anti-Gun Protest Marches

12 May 2000

Los Angeles Times

While Sunday's Million Mom Marches around the country are supposed to unify women behind gun control, cross-town debates in Los Angeles about ethnic differences and the event's location have resulted in two local demonstrations, one in Westwood and one downtown. Of the more than 65 cities in the nation holding Million Mom events, Los Angeles will be the only one fielding two such demonstrations on the same day, according to planners in Washington. There wasn't... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pontiac Mother Will Attend Rally With Memory of a Beloved Relative

11 May 2000

Detroit Free Press

Amid the thousands of mothers heading to Washington to demand tougher gun laws at the Million Mom March on Sunday, Michigan will provide two tragedy-made celebrities: Victoria McQueen, the mother of slain 6-year-old Kayla Rolland, and Tamarla Owens, the mother of the 6-year-old boy who shot Kayla. McQueen will make an appearance on the "Today" show, speak at the Mother's Day march and possibly visit the White House. Owens' announcement that she plans to attend has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Main Program for the MMM Has Been Released, and it Includes …

11 May 2000

Washington Post

Rosie O'Donnell, MC Adimu Colon Raffi Melissa Manchester Dr. Antonia Novello (Former Surgeon General under Bush) Martin Luther King, III Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Carolyn McCarthy Anna Quindlen Rickie Lee Jones Roseanne Cash Emmy Lou Harris Melissa Etheridge Susan Sarandon Reese Witherspoon and Many, Many others... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Moms Ready to Rally Against Guns

11 May 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — While plenty of celebrities will be there Sunday, thousands of ordinary Americans also will spend Mother's Day rallying on the National Mall for the licensing of gun owners and registration of their firearms. Entertainers, politicians and mothers of children who were fatally shot plan to participate in the "Million Mom March" in Washington and nearly 70 other communities. While traditional gun control groups are involved, organizers have stressed that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Moms Marching for Gun Control

11 May 2000

New York Times, Editorial

The Million Mom March taking place this Sunday in Washington and some 60 other cities across the nation has the potential to achieve something that a seemingly endless sequence of school shootings and other gun tragedies somehow has not. That critical something is to seize control of America's gun control debate from the National Rifle Association and its political mouthpieces. The spectacle of huge numbers of mothers organizing to protect their children is something... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

USA Methodist Church Wants Gun Ban

11 May 2000

Advertiser (Adelaide)

After a heated debate leaders of the 8.4 million member United Methodist Church have agreed to push for laws banning handguns and assault weapons. "This is important for our church," a spokesman Eric Alsgaard said. "This allows us to go to Capitol Hill and approach Congress and the President and say handguns are a major source of concern for methodists." The 800 -word resolution was passed 724 to 205. The church conference is held every four years. However many... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Roster of Gunfire's Next of Kin

11 May 2000

Washington Post

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams's mother will open the Million Mom March, and former U.S. surgeon general Antonia Novello will give the keynote address to the huge crowd expected to demonstrate Sunday on the Mall for stronger gun control. Organizers announced their lineup yesterday for the six-hour Mother's Day event, which alternately will feel like a political rally, a children's festival and a huge cathartic group hug for women who have lost children to gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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