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Gun Policy News, 14 January 2011

Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Los Angeles Times

Joe Zamudio was out buying cigarettes last Saturday when he heard what sounded like fireworks but quickly realized were gunshots. He reached into his coat pocket for the 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol he carried, clicking the safety off. He heard yelling around him: "Shooter, shooter, get down!" Zamudio saw a young man squirming on the ground and an older man standing above him, waving a gun. Zamudio, 24, had his finger on the trigger and seconds to decide. He... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Reuters

Jurors reached an acquittal verdict on Friday in the trial of a former police chief in the accidental fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy at an October 2008 event at Westfield Sportsman's Club. The shooting event had been organized and sponsored by former Pelham police chief Edward D. Fleury, who had been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The child, Christopher Bizilj, was killed instantly by a shot to his head while firing a 9mm micro Uzi submachine gun. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

BBC News

A Massachusetts jury has acquitted a man who organised a gun fair where a boy accidentally shot himself dead with an Uzi sub-machine gun. Prosecutors said Edward Fleury, a former police chief, should have foreseen the risk in providing Christopher Bizilj, 8, with the gun. He was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter after showing the boy's father allowed him to fire the weapon. The boy lost control of the weapon, which flipped and shot him in the head. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

New York Times, Column

The second semester French class began a little after 9 on the morning of April 16, 2007. The weather that day was unusually cold for April. A light snow was falling. One of the students, Colin Goddard, now 25, recalled what happened that morning in a new documentary film, "Living for 32." "We started hearing loud banging noises outside of our classroom," he said. "The teacher went to the door to look into the hallway to see what was going on… As soon as she opened... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Kansas City Star (Missouri), Column

Megan Reppond was smart, pretty and just 14 when they buried her a couple of weeks ago. She was shot to death at a slumber party outside Neosho, Mo., two days after Christmas. Except calling deaths like Megan's an "accident," as authorities have, is to downplay the culpability of the person who left a loaded .38-caliber pistol out — the safety off — where anyone could grab it. That anyone was one of the three other girls Megan's age attending the slumber party... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Nation (USA)

Handgun sales in Arizona following the shooting were up 63 percent from the corresponding period in 2010. After Jared Lee Loughner allegedly killed six people and wounded 13 others in Tucson last Saturday, the national discussion turned again to gun-control, albeit with little expectation of change. Saturday's rampage has already had a tangible effect, however: Americans, and particularly Arizonans, are buying more guns. Since Saturday, sales of glocks (the weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Boston Globe, Editorial

Inevitably, the Tucson shootings have reopened the debate on whether Americans would be safer or less safe if gun laws permitted people to carry concealed firearms even — or especially — in places like government buildings or college classrooms. "Concealed carry" is a popular law in Arizona — even injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords supported it — and some backers have suggested that the best defense against future shootings would be to allow civilians to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The first federal gun control law was passed in 1968 after the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Brady bill mandating background checks on gun purchases was enacted in the years following the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981. But don't expect any new gun control laws coming out of Capitol Hill in the wake of the Tucson shooting rampage. The reason is not only the new Republican majority in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,Canadá

14 January 2011

Guelph Mercury (Ontario), Opinion

Wild-west movies have that one climactic shoot-up scene where the protagonist gets to use his weapon to right a wrong or rid the earth of scum. The ubiquitous image of the gunslinger is part of the world of fiction and fantasy, only slightly closer to reality than the invasion of planet Earth by creatures from outer space. But the elements of this fiction are deeply imprinted in the minds of the men and women of North American gun culture, for whom the pulse quickens... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Wall Street Journal, Column

One of the tragedies of tragedies is that some politicians just can't resist the urge to use them for political gain. The Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords first inspired liberals to score points against the tea party and is now inspiring a new round of political calls for gun control. Within days of the Arizona tragedy, New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy renewed her call for a ban on high-capacity clips and said she'll reintroduce legislation. She's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

WASHINGTON -- Most lawmakers are greeting calls for tougher gun restrictions after the Arizona shootings with silence, reflecting the tilt in recent years toward expanding access to firearms rather than curtailing it. The White House, too, is sidestepping questions on an issue that is among the most toxic in U.S. politics. So far, proposed legislation has focused on prohibiting magazine clips that allow a shooter to fire off numerous rounds of ammunition without... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Yahoo News

Bloomberg reports gun sales rose 5 percent nationally in the days following the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Reports from across the nation all show high capacity clips like the one used by alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner are selling out and are hard to keep in stock. Arizona, at the forefront of the tragedy, sold 6 percent more handguns on Jan. 10 than the same time a year previously. Rates in other states were also high: 65 percent in Ohio, 38 percent in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá,Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

The long arm of the Bush-era Supreme Court During the most recent Bush administration, the Supreme Court largely sided with gun proponents in its interpretation of the Second Amendment: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," it reads. The gun-control lobby has always argued the second part of the amendment refers to the "well-regulated militia," meaning the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,Canadá

14 January 2011

Times-Colonist (British Columbia), Column

It's been a long time since I've written on the gun issue. I categorize it with issues like abortion, religion, war and Capital Regional District sewage: Most people's minds are made up so columns don't have much point. But this latest mass killing in Arizona can't go without comment. It's just too blatant a reminder of what can happen when a country loses a grip on gun control. I know the U.S. is intense about its citizens' right to bear arms, even when it means... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,Canadá

14 January 2011

Macleans (Canada)

It is typical of the political cowardice of the Democratic party, and of the intellectual impotence of the American left in general, that even when something so blatantly political as the shooting of one of their own members of Congress occurs, it finds itself in full retreat, unwilling to try to capitalize on the tragedy. The pattern is always the same. Whenever someone shoots up a school, or a church, or a supermarket in the U.S., conservatives invariably use it as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Reuters

WASHINGTON - Another American mass shooting. Another rush to buy more guns. On the Monday after the latest of the bloody rampages that are part of American life, gun sales in Arizona shot up by more than 60 percent and rose by an average of five percent across the entire country. The figures come from the FBI and speak volumes about a gun culture that has long baffled much of the world. The Federal Bureau of Investigation compared January 10, 2011, with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

CNN, Opinion

In the wake of the Tucson tragedy, even calls for civility are being politicized. Common-sense criticisms of the rise we've seen in violent campaign rhetoric and imagery and threats are themselves attacked. This ironically ignores the work of the wounded congresswoman for whom we are all praying. Gabrielle Giffords is a centrist Democrat representing a primarily Republican district, committed to reaching across the aisle in a spirit of civility and finding... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Fox News (USA), Opinion

You know you're doing something right when two New York Times columnists, Gail Collins and Nicholas Kristof, attack your research on the same day. Kristof followed up on criticism leveled earlier in the week by others writing for The Times. I must have said something substantial enough to warrant this attention. Let us check the facts. Gail Collins worries that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed handguns can't be trusted: "One can only hope that Saturday's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Chronicle of Philanthropy (USA), Opinion

"We see this latest tragedy and ask, How could this happen? How could it not happen, when we systematically make it easier for angry and troubled people to get ever-more-powerful guns, and harder for the police and public-health people to stop the mayhem?" Those words appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2007, in the days after the Virginia Tech massacre. Three and a half years later, our nation's gun laws have gotten weaker, the gun lobby has become emboldened,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

CBS News (USA)

STERLING, Virginia - Beyond all the pain he caused last Saturday, Jared Loughner's barrage of gunfire - he hit 19 people using a 33 shot magazine - has reloaded the debate over gun control. Gun control proponents believe the wounding of a Congresswoman is a political game changer, reports CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews. "The fact that it's personal, one of their own I think is going to make a difference this time," said Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vaticano,Estados Unidos

14 January 2011

Catholic News Service (Washington DC)

VATICAN CITY - The Catholic Church's position on gun control is not easy to find; there are dozens of speeches and talks and a few documents that call for much tighter regulation of the global arms trade, but what about private gun ownership? The answer is resoundingly clear: Firearms in the hands of civilians should be strictly limited and eventually completely eliminated. But you won't find that statement in a headline or a document subheading. It's almost hidden in... (GunPolicy.org)

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