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Heston Cancels Denver Appearance

4 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Charlton Heston, leader of the NRA, abruptly bailed out of a joint appearance in Denver with gun-control advocates. Earlier this week, Heston agreed to share the stage with Handgun Control's James Brady at Monday's public-awareness kickoff for Colorado Project Exile, a federal-state crackdown on gun-related crime. Since then, Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine, signed on to the event and Heston canceled. "We were trying to get his schedule cleared... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Safe Travel' Gun Bill Gets Initial Nod

4 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Out-of-towners driving through Denver can have a gun in their car for protection and youths can't be given weapons without their parents' approval, lawmakers decided Friday. People on both sides of Colorado's heated gun-control debate got some things they wanted in a pair of bills that got preliminary approval from the Senate. The "safe travel" bill, SB 154, by Sen. MaryAnne Tebedo, R-Colorado Springs, would resolve a long-running dispute. It would let nonresidents... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Accuses Lawmakers of Stonewalling on Gun Laws

4 March 2000

CNN

SAN JOSE, California — President Clinton once again chastised lawmakers Saturday for failing to pass gun control legislation over the past eight months, saying they were reacting to the "pressure and tactics and threats" of the National Rifle Association. Clinton, on a political fund-raising trip to California, used his weekly radio address to take Congress to task for sitting on the gun legislation he submitted after the Columbine High School shootings last... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

City Renews Effort to Ban Assault Rifles

4 March 2000

Toledo Blade (Ohio)

The seizure of 36 guns Thursday from a house in central Toledo, on the heels of this week's shooting death of a 6-year-old Michigan girl, has spurred city officials to renew their call for gun safety and ask city council to get moving on a proposed ban on assault rifles. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, police Chief Mike Navarre, and Toby Hoover, director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, spoke out yesterday, calling for gun control and an end to the violence in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Both Sides Try Cooling Gun Debate

4 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

"I'm Shari LeGate, executive director of the Women's Shooting Sports Foundation." This introduction would've been unremarkable in many places. But not in the basement of a Denver Presbyterian church Tuesday where a circle of women sat on castoff furniture making plans for the Million Mom March against gun violence. Why is a famous shooter hanging out with women who want gun control? "These women seem like they're very reasonable, intelligent women. They're concerned... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Howard Highlights Gun Control Importance

3 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

The Prime Minister, John Howard, says recent shootings in the United States have underlined the importance of the gun control measures put in place by his Government. This week a six-year-old girl was shot and killed by a young boy of the same age in her class in Michigan. Mr Howard says one his government's most significant achievements was the gun policy which was formulated after the shootings at Port Arthur in Tasmania. "In the long run, it's made it more likely... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Five-Year-Old Loads, Fires Gun

3 March 2000

Associated Press

CHEHALIS, Washington — A 5-year-old boy, apparently angry at some playmates, got his mother's gun, loaded it, pointed it at the two playmates and then fired into the ground, police said. No one was injured in last week's incident. The boy was referred to a counselor but no charges were filed because the gun apparently had been stored properly — unloaded and on a high shelf, Chehalis Police Chief Randy Hamilton said. The boy told police he knew how to load and fire... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Jury Seeks Definition of Machine Gun

3 March 2000

Spokane News (Washington state)

COEUR d'ALENE — A jury deliberated six hours Thursday but did not reach a verdict in a federal firearms case against a North Idaho woman who also faces a murder charge. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge instructed the 12-member federal jury to resume deliberations today. The panel, composed of seven women and five men, must decide whether JoAnn K. Peterson, 62, of Moyie Springs, Idaho, is guilty of illegally possessing a machine gun. At the conclusion of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

First-Grade Firepower

3 March 2000

Los Angeles Times

Flowers, candles and teddy bears lean against the doorway of a Michigan school, a silent, aching shrine to yet another child killed by gunfire on campus. Will nothing, not even this murder of a 6-year-old by another 6-year-old, shock us into action? In this case, the first-grade shooter is so young he may not even understand that his classmate, Kayla Rolland, is dead. Forever. Guns don't kill people, people do, right? But what about a person so young, so neglected and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

At Young Victim's School, Reassurance and Questions

3 March 2000

New York Times

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Two days after a 6-year-old boy took a gun to first grade and killed a classmate, school officials in this working-class district just north of Flint tried to reassure parents that it was safe to send their children to school. "I view the events that took place as an aberration, something that was highly, highly, highly unusual," Ira A. Rutherford, the superintendent of Beecher public schools, said at a news conference this... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bush Shifts Stance on Trigger Locks

3 March 2000

Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — The tragic shooting this week of a 6-year-old girl by a 6-year-old boy brought the subject of guns back onto the campaign trail. The next day, Texas Gov. George W. Bush said he would sign a law requiring trigger locks with the sale of handguns-what appeared to be a flip from his position that such locks should be voluntary. "I have no problem with selling trigger locks with guns," Bush said at a news conference in Atlanta on Wednesday. "But my question... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Pushes for Bills on Guns, Patients' Rights

3 March 2000

Washington Post

President Clinton, hoping to jump-start two initiatives stalled in Congress, yesterday used national news broadcasts and other venues to portray lawmakers as badly out of touch with the public's desire for gun control and a "patients' bill of rights." In almost hour-by-hour events and interviews in the White House, the president cited the nation's latest school-shooting tragedy in calling on Congress to pass his legislative package on firearms. It would require trigger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Keeps His Sights on Gun Control

3 March 2000

Time (USA)

This has been a tough week for the National Rifle Association. Two shootings — one in a first-grade classroom — shocked the country and once again galvanized gun control proponents. Sensing renewed public outrage, President Clinton decided to strike while the issue is hot, challenging the House of Representatives to pass a batch of stalled gun control legislation. The three-tiered bill, strongly opposed by the NRA, squeaked through the Senate last year, and now... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Appeals for Congress to Break Logjam on Guns

3 March 2000

Toledo Blade (Ohio)

WASHINGTON — President Clinton yesterday called on Congress to "break the logjam" on gun safety legislation, but gun industry officials and gun control advocates still find little common ground in the search for solutions to this week's shootings in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Mr. Clinton has set a meeting next Tuesday with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders on the fate of gun control legislation, which has been held up for eight months by bitter disputes... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Could Smoking Guns Go the Way of Smoking?

3 March 2000

Time (USA)

What do we say about a six-year-old girl who dies of a gunshot wound? What do we say when the gunshot was fired by a six-year-old boy? At school. Do we say, "Guns don't kill people, six-year-old boys kill people?" That's one way to look at it. Thus does outrage cool down to the merely sardonic. It's interesting how quickly we cover the range from shock to acceptance. Each new episode is merely another chapter of what has become the turn-of-the-century American Gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shootings Raise Congressional Interest in Gun Compromise

3 March 2000

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Shootings this week at a grammar school in Michigan and fast-food restaurants in Pennsylvania have prompted lawmakers to renew efforts to break a congressional deadlock on gun legislation. Challenged by President Clinton on NBC-TV's "Today" show, four senior Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed to meet at the White House on Tuesday. The congressional delegation will include Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), chairmen of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Legislative Gridlock on Gun Control Remains Firmly in Place

3 March 2000

USA Today

A 6-year-old girl is gunned down on the way to her first-grade computer lab. Three men are killed and two critically wounded by a crazed gunman terrorizing fast-food restaurants. Predictably outraged, the president demands tougher gun-control laws. A recipe for action? Hardly. Despite another week of horrific violence and harsh rhetoric, Congress and most state legislatures appear unlikely to enact major gun laws this year. "There's such gridlock with this topic,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

First Lady Leads Kids' Anti-Gun Vow

2 March 2000

Associated Press

VALLEY COTTAGE, New York — She accepted a contribution from a rap artist charged with gun possession. He accepted a contribution from the president of the National Rifle Association. On Wednesday — as shootings in Pennsylvania and Michigan captured headlines — the rival Senate campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani accused each other of hypocrisy on gun violence. Both candidates support gun control. The charge from Giuliani's side against... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Another Day of Gun Violence

2 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

It just keeps getting more senseless. On Tuesday a first grader in Michigan shot and killed a 6-year-old classmate. Yesterday an adult gunman in Pennsylvania shot a worker at his apartment building, then fired on customers at two fast-food restaurants, killing two people and wounding three. He fled into a nearby office building before finally surrendering. These new eruptions of violence, coming just a day apart, only confirm the urgency of solving the nation's gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Seeks Gun Safety Meeting

2 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton, lamenting that 13 children are killed by guns every day in America, said today he will seek a meeting with congressional leaders next week to "break the logjam" on legislation to require gun safety locks. He also made his strongest statement yet on licensing gun owners the same way drivers are licensed. "I think it's long, long past time to license purchases of handguns in this country," Clinton told reporters after a meeting in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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