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Gun Policy News, 16 September 1999

United Kingdom

16 September 1999

Telegraph (UK)

A gun collector who accidentally shot dead his best friend as they were examining an antique pistol thought his colleague was playing an April Fool's joke when he collapsed, an inquest was told yesterday. George Gleed, 66, pulled the trigger of a 134-year-old Belgian revolver, firing a bullet directly into the chest of John Smith, 66. "There was an explosion" he told the hearing at Cirencester, Glos. "John held his hand to his chest and I said 'come on John'. I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A legislative regional meeting on school safety nearly turned into an anti-gun control rally Wednesday night. Several parents and legislators railed against a proposal by the PTA, the Utah Education Association and the state Office of Education to ban legally permitted concealed weapons from schools. Scott Soulier, South Jordan, told a crowd of about 50 that the groups were "taking away, not a privilege, but a right" to carry a concealed weapon. "How will a gun free... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Editorial

The Second Amendment claimed seven more innocent lives the other day — this time at a church service in Fort Worth, Texas. In obeisance to that amendment — the amendment as the gun lobby reads it, that is — Congress failed to enact even modest gun control proposals after last spring's Columbine High School massacre outside Denver, as most Americans wanted. Also in obeisance to that amendment, the Texas Legislature earlier this decade passed a law permitting the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Washington Post

More than 100 law enforcement officers from across the region tested their trigger fingers and their aim in Charles County on Saturday on a course that could have come straight out of a life-size video game. The Charles County sheriff's office held its second annual Combat Pistol Match, in which officers use live rounds to attack targets that move, swing, duck and hide. The objective of the contest is to shoot up bad-guy targets, avoid shooting a good-civilian target... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Gun buybacks are public relations fluff that do little or nothing to reduce gun violence, according to several researchers. President Clinton last week announced the largest buyback in U.S. history with plans to spend $15 million on used guns. It's part of Clinton's effort to curb youth violence in the wake of the Columbine High shootings. "Pretty much, globally, across the board, all of the research shows they're ineffective," said Tonya Aultman-Bettridge, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

At West Anaheim Medical Center a horrifying contradiction of our stressful times was played out Tuesday. A hospital, with its commitment to the care of the sick and injured, briefly became a stage for violence and death. That morning a gunman, reportedly distressed over the death of his mother at another hospital, shot and killed three employees at the Anaheim center before being subdued by bystanders. Hospital violence, aggravated by the flood of guns in our midst,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

16 September 1999

The Citizen, The Sowetan and The Star

Cabinet has approved the draft policy on the control of firearms in South Africa, and a new Firearms Control Bill will be drawn up. Once the Minister of Safety and Security has approved the Bill it will be submitted to the Cabinet Committee on Security and Intelligence, after which it will go to cabinet — probably in the latter half of October. If approved it will be published in the Government Gazette. All stake holders and interest groups would then have an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

San Francisco Examiner, Column

Yet another family business is closing in San Francisco, but it isn't just another business. There won't ever be a store like this in San Francisco again, just as stagecoaches never again will carry banks' money. The San Francisco Gun Exchange on Second Street is having a going-out-of-business sale, only partly because of California's new gun laws. It's a personal decision by owners Beth and Bob Posner, who inherited the 52-year-old store from their father, the late... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Police picked through Larry Gene Ashbrook's trashed home and old journals on Thursday, finding holes punched in walls, concrete poured in toilets and family photographs shredded — but no explanation for why he opened fire in a church, killing seven people and himself. The 47-year-old Ashbrook appeared to be "a very troubled man who … sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him," FBI agent Robert Garrity said. "I don't know that we'll... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

FORT Woth, Texas — A prominent Southern Baptist called the killings in a Fort Worth sanctuary a harsh reminder of the need for prayer. Other religious leaders said: Preach the gospel, but get guns off the streets. The messages crossed Thursday, a day after Larry Gene Ashbrook opened fire at the Wedgwood Baptist Church, killing seven people at a teen prayer service, and then himself. The Rev. William Merrell, of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Americans must find a way to protect young people — "as if it were our own children being targeted" — President Clinton said Thursday as he and Attorney General Janet Reno decried the latest deadly shootings. "Yet again, we have seen a sanctuary violated by gun violence, taking children brimming with faith and promise and hope before their time," Clinton told reporters at the White House. "We know we have to redouble our efforts to protect our... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Police today tried to piece together a motive for the nation's latest killing rampage, a shooting spree that began when a man spewing anti-Baptist rhetoric burst into a church service for teen-agers and opened fire. Seven people were fatally shot Wednesday night before the gunman killed himself in a pew at the Wedgwood Baptist Church. Seven others were wounded, three of them seriously. "It looked like a skit, it looked like something out of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Thumping bass notes from a Christian rock band shook the lobby of Wedgwood Baptist Church. In walked a stranger dressed in black and smoking a cigarette. "What's the program?" he demanded. A church maintenance worker approached the tall, gaunt man with long hair. Larry Gene Ashbrook, 47, pointed a semiautomatic handgun, squeezed the trigger-and began a shooting rampage that shattered lives as well as the shining glass windows and the joyful... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush said Thursday that "a wave of evil"-not a lack of gun control laws-is the cause of rampant gun violence in America. Scrapping two fund-raisers to rush home to Texas and the scene of a deadly shooting spree, the GOP front-runner said the tragedy had not softened his pro-gun views. "I don't know of a law — a governmental law-that will put love in people's hearts," the Texas governor told... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. George W. Bush was urged Thursday to reverse himself and support specific measures to tighten gun laws following the shooting spree that left eight people dead in his state. The pleas came as Bush, the Republican presidential runaway front-runner, cut short a campaign trip to Michigan and returned to Texas to help console survivors. "This is not time for politics in my judgement," Bush said. Besides, he added, "I don't know of a governmental... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton said Thursday he hoped the shock of the Fort Worth, Texas, church shootings would spur the nation to act so that such tragedies do not happen as often as they have in recent months. "We know there is nothing we can do to ensure this will never happen," Clinton said of the Wednesday night rampage in which a man killed seven others before shooting himself. "But there is a lot more we can do to ensure it will happen more rarely." "I can... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

16 September 1999

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

CAPE TOWN — A team of officials from the various departments dealing with criminal justice would be appointed in the next few days to draft a new Firearms Control Bill, Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete said on Thursday. On Wednesday night, Cabinet approved the draft ministerial policy on gun control in South Africa. The draft bill would be based on the approved firearms control policy, as well as earlier draft working documents and research, Tshwete said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 1999

Reuters

FORT WORTH, Texas — Teenagers worshipping in a Baptist church when a deranged gunman started firing at them did not run or try to escape because they thought at first it was an elaborate joke or skit, police said Thursday. Acting Fort Worth Chief Ralph Mendoza said the initial confusion Wednesday night may have led to the high toll of dead and injured — seven people killed and eight wounded before the gunman took his own life. Mendoza said many of the survivors of... (GunPolicy.org)

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