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Japan Military to Probe Gun Case

16 March 2000

Associated Press

TOKYO — Military police are investigating a cover-up in the case of an officer suspected of giving civilians unauthorized access to firearms, a top Japanese military official said Thursday. The officer, a 53-year-old colonel in Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, was arrested Monday for breaking strict gun-control laws by allowing three friends to fire assault rifles at a military firing range in November 1994. The arrest of Yasunobu Hideshima came amid mounting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

White House Calls for End to 'Sick' NRA Rhetoric

16 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The White House criticised a National Rifle Association official on Thursday for saying there was "blood" on President Bill Clinton's hands because of the 1999 killing of basketball coach Ricky Birdsong and urged the group to abandon such "sick rhetoric." White House spokesman Joe Lockhart attacked National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Wayne LaPierre for the remark as he urged the Republican-led Congress to repudiate the gun lobby's rhetoric and to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lockhart Decries GOP Letter on Guns

16 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Continuing a week of tit-for-tat on gun control, the White House said Thursday that a Republican fund-raising letter mischaracterizes President Clinton's budget request for enforcement of gun crimes. The letter says Clinton, "bent on revenge" for Republican legislative successes, is "pushing all sorts of new spending programs, including $280 million for gun control!" The National Rifle Association and many Republicans in Congress accuse the Clinton... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bush, NRA Differ on Clinton Remarks

16 March 2000

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — George W. Bush, in a rare disagreement with the National Rifle Association, said Thursday a top official of the gun lobby had "gone too far" by accusing President Clinton of having "blood on his hands" for not enforcing gun-control laws. The Texas governor, a longtime gun-rights supporter now on his way to the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign stop: "There's ways to debate the issue without casting aspersions on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Promotes New Gun Laws

16 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton today praised the House for taking "a small but significant step" toward passing gun legislation. He brushed aside an accusation by the National Rifle Association leader that he has the blood of a murdered coach on his hands. Before heading to lunch with the House speaker, Clinton told reporters that his administration is seeking extra money from Congress to bolster enforcement, but also has tried to leave gun cases with local, rather... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Parents Should Take Blame for Six-Year-Old Slayer

16 March 2000

Reuters

UTICA, New York — An overwhelming seven in 10 respondents to the latest Zogby America poll said the parents of the six-year-old who shot and killed his six-year-old classmate should be held criminally responsible. In the February nationwide survey of 1,031 adults, 71.9% of those surveyed said the parents of the six-year-old should be charged. Only 18.8% disagreed, and 9.2% were not sure. More Republicans than Democrats said the parents should be charged, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Two Hurt in German School Shootings

16 March 2000

Associated Press

ROSENHEIM, Germany — A 16-year-old student shot a teacher in the head with a large-caliber handgun at a southern German boarding school today and then turned the gun on himself, police said. Both the student and the 57-year-old teacher suffered life-threatening head wounds and were flown to a hospital, authorities said. The shooting took place in a school stairwell, police said. It was not immediately clear where the teen had obtained the weapon, or his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4,600 of the Wrong People Got Guns, Study Says

16 March 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — Since national background checks for gun buyers were implemented a year and a half ago, more than 4,600 people who were supposed to be prevented from buying guns bought them anyway because their background checks were not completed in time, according to the FBI. Over the same period, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the agency charged with getting those guns back, has recovered just 442, according to a report released last week by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Wrong With Clinton Criticism, Bush Says

16 March 2000

Miami Herald

AUSTIN — One day after wrapping up the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. George W. Bush distanced himself Wednesday from the National Rifle Association, saying the powerful lobby went too far in its recent attacks on President Clinton. In an interview with The Herald's Washington Bureau, Bush also previewed his campaign strategy against the Democratic nominee, Vice President Al Gore. Bush said he is determined to run as his own man, and refuses to let... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Friendly Record Expected to Be Issue

16 March 2000

Washington Post

AUSTIN — In a makeshift classroom at a suburban gun store near here, nine men who described themselves as decent, hard-working, law-abiding Texans sat listening to a firearms instructor named Ross Bransford one recent Saturday. Bransford, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, told the men that decent, hard-working, law-abiding Texans should not have to cower from dangerous criminals. Honest citizens, properly trained, should be free to bear arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Reno Shoots Back at NRA

16 March 2000

Washington Post

Attorney General Janet Reno today vigorously defended the Clinton administration against attacks by officials of the National Rifle Association, who have alleged that the recent spree of killings resulted from the administration's failure to enforce existing gun laws. "I have heard an awful lot in the last seven years, but that's about the worst rhetoric that I have heard," Reno said during her weekly press briefing. "I don't know of any president that has worked so... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Look at Gun Issues in Politics

16 March 2000

Associated Press

Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday that federal prosecutors have limited resources and initially devoted them to pursuing drug traffickers, street gangs and "major violence-producing organizations." As violent crime began to decline after 1994, she said, federal officials began focusing on illegal gun possessions and sales. Reno and an aide, Bea Witzleben, also said: - Federal and state gun-crime convictions rose 22 percent from 1992 to 1996. Last year, federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mom Gets on the Bus When Son's School Has Gun Scare

16 March 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

Lisa Fera knew about the Million Mom March on Mother's Day to push for more gun control. She even worked with a woman who was helping to coordinate efforts to take a contingent from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., for the event. But Fera never thought about attending the march until she found out Tuesday that a 14-year-old student had brought a shotgun to her son's middle school. "I cried because I just couldn't believe it," said Fera, a financial manager for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The NRA's Campaign

16 March 2000

New York Times, Column

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear-the 1960's. Cities like Newark and Detroit were going up in flames. Public figures were being assassinated at a numbing rate. And crime was beginning its long, relentless climb to horrifying heights. Lyndon Johnson thought it might be prudent to do something about guns. He called for the registration of all firearms and said all gun owners should be licensed. After Sirhan Sirhan shot Robert Kennedy with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Lays Responsibility for a Killing on Clinton

16 March 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Escalating the war of words over gun control, the National Rifle Association said today that President Clinton had blood "on his hands" for politicking on the gun issue instead of enforcing existing laws. The association's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said the Clinton administration bore responsibility for the shooting death last year of the former coach of Northwestern University, Ricky Byrdsong. Mr. LaPierre suggested in a television... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Casualties Feared as Clinton, NRA Spar

15 March 2000

Washington Times

Congressional Republicans fear they will be hurt by the increasingly bitter rhetorical duel between the National Rifle Association and the White House. "I don't know anybody who wants to discuss it," House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, told The Washington Times yesterday. "It's not a good discussion." Republican staffers say the angry war of words between President Clinton and NRA Vice President Wayne R. LaPierre Jr. could hurt them in the November... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Governor Proposes Gun Control Steps

15 March 2000

Reuters

NEW YORK — New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican with national political ambitions, proposed gun control measures on Wednesday for his state that put him at odds with his party's leaders in Congress and many fellow Republican governors. Amid a heated national debate about guns following a spate of shootings by children at schools in recent years and other shooting deaths, Pataki proposed a ban on assault weapons, the installation of mandatory trigger locks with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Illinois Murder Put 'Blood' on Clinton's Hands-NRA

15 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Calling on lawmakers to put politics aside and get to work, President Clinton on Wednesday urged the Republican-led Congress to break an impasse and move forward on passing tougher gun control measures. Flanked by lawmakers as he made a speech in the East Room of the White House, Clinton said that although the crime rate has improved in the United States, it is still too easy for guns to fall into the hands of criminals and children. "We have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Cops: Boy Kills Girl With Air Gun

15 March 2000

Associated Press

MONROEVILLE, Alabama — A 7-year-old boy fatally shot a 5-year-old neighbor by firing an air gun point-blank, but no charges are expected against him, authorities said. Sacorya Johnson was shot just above the left eye just after she came home from school last Thursday, police Capt. C.H. Steen said. Police were not sure if the pump air rifle was loaded with pellets or BB shot, but a projectile entered the girl's skull. Sacorya was taken to Monroe County Hospital, then... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton, Pataki and House Resolution Endorse Gun Control Action

15 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The House has voted narrowly to urge House-Senate negotiators to meet within two weeks to consider long-stalled gun controlled legislation. The Senate voted last year to institute 72-hour background checks on gun show sales, but the House rejected that provision in favor of a 24-hour wait and gun control has been on the back burner since then. The negotiators are to resolve differences between the two bills, which also contain a number of other... (GunPolicy.org)

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