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Gun Policy News, 2 January 2006

Filipinas

2 January 2006

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA — At least three people were killed and more than 600 others were injured in Christmas and New Year's celebrations as many defied a government ban and continued a tradition of reckless celebrations. Most of the injuries, as usual, were caused by firecracker blasts, officials said yesterday. One victim died from indiscriminate gun firing and two men from accidentally eating a popular candy-looking sparkler, called watusi or dancing firecrackers, in the run-up... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador,Paraguay,Guatemala,Costa Rica,Colombia,Brasil,México,América Central,América del Sur

2 January 2006

Australian Associated Press

SAN SALVADOR — At least 90 people were killed in Latin America in road, fireworks and other accidents during New Year's celebrations. The highest death toll was registered in El Salvador, where some 33 people were killed and another 89 injured during celebrations marking the start of 2006, officials said. Carlos Alvarado, a spokesman for the country's civil defence system, said that many of those killed and wounded from late Saturday to early Sunday were victims of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

Chicago Tribune

More than 70 Chicago-area people were behind bars Sunday facing felony charges for ringing in the New Year with celebratory gunfire. Dozens appeared on closed-circuit TV in Bond Court before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle, who ordered them held in lieu of bail. Many were charged with weapons offenses ranging from reckless discharge of a weapon to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. They face sentences ranging from probation to jail if... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

WFTV News (Florida)

ORLANDO, Florida — Orange County detectives are searching for the person who fired a gun into the air on New Year's Eve. The stray bullet struck a young mother in the head and she lost the use of her right eye. It was supposed to be a night of fun, watching the fireworks in their lakefront yard in Hyland Oaks. But mixed in with those blasts was the sound of a .45-caliber gun. "By the time I hear the sound of the bullet, my wife already have a bullet in her eye,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg was publicly sworn in Sunday for another term and presented a rosy view of the city plus a sweeping promise of "finishing our unfinished work." During an outdoor City Hall ceremony on a chilly and gray afternoon, Bloomberg took the oath of office and gave a short inaugural address that touched on the progress he believes he has made, while trying to set a more ambitious tone for the future. "Now we have a choice to make,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

New York Daily News

Once content to rule the city, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday vowed for the first time to go national — with an all-out effort to crack down on illegal gun sales. With the shooting deaths of two NYPD cops still weighing on the city — and with his confidence as a political player clearly rising — Bloomberg promised in his second term to fight the fight over illegal handguns in every forum that matters. "We will take our message to Albany, to Washington and to every... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá,Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

USA Today

TORONTO — A 4-year-old is wounded in a drive-by shooting. A teenager is shot to death at the funeral of a friend, also a victim of gunfire. A gunbattle between rival gangs kills a 15-year-old bystander and wounds six others in the heart of the downtown shopping district. The violence would be shocking anywhere, but it's especially so in Toronto, where Canadians pride themselves on their city's safety and civility. The number of gun-related homicides nearly doubled... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá

2 January 2006

CBC News (Canada)

About 200 people gathered in Toronto at the site of a Boxing Day shootout to show their opposition to gun violence and pay their respects to its victims. They observed a minute of silence at 5:19 p.m. Monday, marking exactly one week since Jane Creba was killed after being caught in gang-related crossfire while out shopping with her family. A makeshift memorial of candles, cards, flowers and stuffed animals has since sprung up in Creba's honour at the site, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá

2 January 2006

Canadian Press

TORONTO — An emotional crowd gathered Monday at the scene of a Boxing Day shootout to decry a year of escalating gun violence punctuated by the random killing of a high school student shopping with her family. A moment of silence was observed at 5:19 p.m., exactly one week after 15-year-old Jane Creba was cut down by a stray bullet as rival gangs opened fire in the city's bustling shopping district. "We've got to have tougher sentencing and it has got to start... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

Boston Herald / AP

LOCUST GROVE, Georgia — A man and his three children were found dead after a standoff in an apparent murder-suicide, police said. A woman called police from a neighbor's house Sunday and said her husband had beaten her with a gun and that he was in their house with their three children, a 4-year-old girl and boys ages 8 and 12. She also said he had threatened to kill himself and his family, authorities said. When police arrived, the man went back into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

New York Post

NEW YORK — Routing the city's "scourge of illegal guns" will be the top priority in the next four years, Mayor Bloomberg pledged yesterday as he was sworn in for a second term. "Our most urgent challenge is ending the threat of guns and the violence they do," Bloomberg said during his inaugural address on the steps of City Hall — winning the loudest applause of the 19-minute speech. "Now we have a duty as well, one that rises above partisan politics, and one... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá

2 January 2006

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

The statement: "The public good of keeping those who are involved in suspected crimes involving guns behind bars outweighs the counter arguments." Spokesman Scott Reid describes Liberal Leader Paul Martin's support for proposals to keep those accused of gun violence in jail instead of being given bail. The message: Liberals are backing a tough-on-crime proposal that would put the onus on those accused of committing a gun offence to show why they should not be locked... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

2 January 2006

NY1 News (New York)

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Sunday that he wants the nation to follow Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lead on tougher gun control laws. He says the mayor's pledge to push the issue could end up having a big effect on the city. "We have the toughest gun laws in the country right here in New York City, and I think they're eminently reasonable," said Kelly. "But, that's not the case in the rest of the country; about 90 percent of the guns used in crimes here come from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

2 January 2006

Nigerian Tribune

The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, Most Reverend Felix Alaba Job, has said that Nigerians are sitting on a keg of gunpowder which could soon explode, stressing that arms and ammunition are now rampant in the country. The Catholic prelate, who urged politicians to give peace a chance in the country, also condemned the allocation of security votes to the office of some principal political officers, stressing that such money was used to encourage thuggery and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

2 January 2006

Australian Associated Press

People with records of carrying illegal firearms will be targeted during a three-month amnesty in South Australia. SA Police will also randomly audit firearms owners to ensure compliance during the amnesty which started yesterday and continues until March 31. Under it, people voluntarily surrendering firearms and related articles won't be prosecuted. "Police will target people who have been identified as not complying with the Firearms Act," a police spokesman... (GunPolicy.org)

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