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The NRA's Call to Arms [Part 2 of 2]

6 August 2000

Washington Post

[Continued from Part 1 of 2] The next decade became the NRA's golden age. Membership leaped from 900,000 to near 3 million and the budget doubled as the NRA acquired high-priced consultants and PR firms. A key NRA ideologue named Tanya Metaksa ("Spell that M-e-t-a-k-like in AK-47-s-a, like in semiautomatic," she instructed reporters) even ghost — wrote an article for President Reagan that advocated gutting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. NRA... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The NRA's Call to Arms [Part 1 of 2]

6 August 2000

Washington Post

In a vast and blue-lit palace of a convention center, on a high and silvery dais, a man of the gun nods at his thousands. At serried rows of war veterans in their breasted ribbons and lawyers and accountants in polos and khakis and broad-backed farmers and factory laborers with black-and-yellow National Rifle Association caps. At rapt grandkids and dozens of women wearing T-shirts emblazoned: "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." The man on the dais raises his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns, for Good or Ill, Touch the Lives of Too Many People Every Day

6 August 2000

Detroit News

If you went to a restaurant in a foreign country and the waiter asked you to pick out a puppy who was later served to you, broiled, don't you think you'd notice? Your eyes would roll, your stomach churn. Words like "barbaric" and "uncivilized" would almost certainly pop into your head. This morning, with your coffee and comics, you can read on The News' front page about events that transpired on a single day in Wayne County. And, as it turns out, any day in Wayne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Three Shot Outside Hospital; Police Suspect Love Triangle

6 August 2000

Associated Press

KINGWOOD, Texas — A man fatally shot his wife and another man in a hospital courtyard before committing suicide Saturday afternoon, police said. The slayings happened outside Kingwood Medical Center's emergency room about 1 p.m., said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Sylvia Trevino. No one else was injured in the shootings. Kingwood is a suburb north of Houston. "It was really scary," said Marge Schwartz, who was visiting her sister inside the hospital when... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Still Healing a Year After the Rampage

6 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

Eleanor Kadish gets up at 2 a.m. to look at her boy and listen to him breathe. There are moments, after all her 6-year-old son has been through, when she just needs to stand in a dark room and treasure his presence. Twelve months ago Ben Kadish was lying on the floor of the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills with two bullets in him and life gushing out. Months later he was still bedridden, with a colostomy bag stitched to his perforated stomach and... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

New Agency Considered for Firearms Licensing

5 August 2000

Dominion (Wellington)

The Government is considering setting up an independent gun-licensing agency after National shot down its own attempts to fix troublesome gun laws yesterday. Hinting at expected changes to gun control, Police Minister George Hawkins said police could be relieved of gun registration, amid claims that 96% of guns in New Zealand are unregistered and unaccounted for. Police bosses have said that their existing firearms database can not be relied on and may contain... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Than 212,000 Texans Licensed to Carry Concealed Handguns

5 August 2000

Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas)

Dick Price has been around guns all his life. The World War II veteran, who turns 84 this week, fondly remembers the frequent hunting trips with his father and grandfather. When times were a little tougher, they hunted rabbits to put food on the table during the Depression. These days, Price is likely to have a .45-caliber pistol strapped to his hip and a 9mm semi-automatic in his truck. They are among his hefty collection of pistols, rifles and shotguns that he uses... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Sheriff Won't Back Gun-Show Checks

5 August 2000

Associated Press

EUGENE — At least one sheriff is at odds with top law-enforcement officers in Oregon, saying he will not join them in endorsing a state initiative to require background checks at gun shows. Lane County Sheriff Jan Clements said he will probably vote against Measure 5 and will not be publicly active in the campaign because of his concerns that it won't curb violence and would expand record-keeping on rifle and shotgun purchasers. "I don't see anything in this act... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

A First Success

4 August 2000

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Anyone who has ever been threatened with a blank or gas pistol will never forget the terror concealed behind the harmless-sounding names. Outwardly, they are almost impossible to distinguish from the lethal variety of gun; the mere sight of one can be enough to frighten the victim to death. Yet legislators have hesitated to restrict the purchase and carrying of a Schreckschusspistole-whose main purpose is not to kill but to strike terror-even though many criminals and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

German Government Tightens Weapons Legislation

4 August 2000

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

BERLIN — The German government has announced plans to tighten the country's already tough weapons laws. Interior Minister Otto Schily outlined on Friday draft legislation which would make it even more difficult for ordinary Germans to obtain handgun licenses, while requiring owners of gas pistols and other non-lethal guns to obtain a "small weapons permit." It would also ban some of the more exotic non-gun weapons, such as "throwing stars" and a few types of knives... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

Secretary of the Interior Proposes 'Small' Gun License

4 August 2000

Rheinische Post (Germany)

BERLIN — By introducing a "small" gun license for gas- and blank cartridge pistols and imposing a ban on certain kinds of projectiles, Federal Secretary of the Interior Otto Schily (SPD) is going to tighten and standardize gun laws. On Friday, he presented a bill drafted in cooperation with related associations and the Policemen's Union. The SPD politician expressed confidence his suggestions will be approved by the Bundestag (German Lower House). People who want to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

Irish Gun Lobby Mounts Court Challenge to Garda Gun Storage Directive

4 August 2000

Irish Times

A Garda directive on gun licensing and the storage of legally-held weapons is to be challenged in the High Court. Mr Justice Kearns heard yesterday that many of the State's 200,000 legally-held guns were stored in wardrobes, car boots, outhouses and even under beds. He was told some had ended up in the hands of criminals and had been used in armed robberies. Chief Supt Dermot Jennings told the court that 247 legally held firearms had been reported stolen last year and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Guns of August

4 August 2000

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

It's now official. The signatures have been delivered, and Coloradans have another shot at having reasonable gun control enacted in this state where the worst high school massacre occurred. For this new effort, we have a group of concerned citizens to thank. While they know that people do kill people, they also understand that guns in the wrong hands assist in thousands of deaths each year. All that can be done to help prevent such tragedies should be pursued. Sane... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Guns, Less Gun Violence

4 August 2000

Wall Street Journal

New data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that firearms deaths have fallen to the lowest level since the 1960s. This is wonderful news for public safety, but terrible news for the gun-control lobby-especially when coupled with the new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that the Brady Act had no effect in reducing gun crime. For years, antigun advocates have argued "more guns, more gun violence." But now, gun ownership... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Oakland's Last Gun Shop Closing

4 August 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

Mara Siegle, the owner of Oakland's last retail gun store, plans to close shop today after 57 years of her family-owned business selling handguns, hunting rifles and ammunition along with fishing gear and clothing. But Siegle, 45, isn't going into retirement willingly. The West Oakland shop owner blames the city's special gun tax-firearms dealers pay $24 on every $1,000 in gross receipts-for helping force her out of business. "All they're doing is making it harder for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Identifying the Real Gun Crisis

4 August 2000

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Statistics show a dangerous connection between access to guns and suicide, the American Prospect reported July 20. According to data, in any given year more than half of all U.S. gun-related deaths are suicides, not homicides. It is an issue that has not been emphasized prominently in the gun debate. While the National Rifle Association (NRA) contends that Americans have the right to protect their families from criminals, what it fails to show is in most gun deaths,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Brady Act Worth Defending

4 August 2000

Chicago Tribune

The National Rifle Association is giddy over a new study that reports the federal Brady law has had little or no effect on gun violence. Well, hold on. The study doesn't prove the law is useless. There is a serious question whether the study proves anything at all. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no evidence that the landmark legislation imposing background checks on gun buyers had affected gun-related homicide and suicide... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Families Find Futility in Bid to Place Blame for Killing

4 August 2000

New York Times

WEST PADUCAH, Kentucky — After their lives were changed by a 14-year-old slayer, the parents of the three girls he killed in a school shooting here sued more than 50 people who they said shared responsibility for the deaths. They sued the killer and his parents, teachers, school officials, other teenagers, neighbors and the makers of violent video games, Web sites and movies. But by this week, after two judges had dismissed virtually all the claims, just one... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Reno Urges Caution, More Research, After Brady Law Study

3 August 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — More studies are necessary on the effectiveness of the Brady background check law, but "it makes common sense" to deny guns to people who shouldn't have them, Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday. An American Medical Association study released Wednesday found that murder and suicide rates dropped no faster than before in states that had to toughen their laws to comply with the 1994 Brady Act to regulate handguns. After the act took effect, however,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Law Backers Deliver Petitions

3 August 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Tom Mauser led the way, wearing a pair of sneakers that belonged to the son he lost in the Columbine High massacre. Fifty volunteers from SAFE Colorado followed, carrying 110,122 petition signatures and signs that spelled out "Close the gun show loophole!" from the Capitol steps to the secretary of state's office Wednesday. To SAFE Colorado, a gun-control group that did not exist 15 months ago, the march from the Capitol symbolized the growth of a movement born from... (GunPolicy.org)

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