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Gun Policy News, 17 September 1999

United States

17 September 1999

New York Times

WASHINGTON — With Congress locked in a pitched battle over gun control, a leading advocacy group for tighter restrictions will show a new series of television advertisements featuring the talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell and the actress Susan Sarandon. The group, Handgun Control Inc., will broadcast 30-second advertisements in a two-week campaign beginning on Friday in the Washington area, and in nine swing Congressional districts on Tuesday, urging viewers to call... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 September 1999

Times (UK)

Yesterday saw another serial killing in America, and another gift to British smugness about primitive, dangerous, gun-toting America. Can these tinpot John Waynes not understand, we cry, that their equation of guns and freedom merely kills people? Can they not see that all the homespun communitarianism in the world is helpless against a mail-order semi-automatic? What value democracy, when it can be gunned down by a single-interest lobby? That feels better. Now switch... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Recent shootings in Littleton, Colo., Los Angeles, Atlanta and Anaheim were far away. But this time, eight people had been shot to death at a Fort Worth church in the backyard of Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican firmly opposed to gun control. But unlike congressmen from Colorado and Georgia who softened their stands against gun control after school shootings in their states, Barton remained steadfast Thursday. "I'm certainly upset that this happened in my... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Telegraph (UK)

The FBI was trying last night to establish the motive of a gunman dressed in black who marched into a Baptist church screaming profanities and shot dead seven worshippers. Four teenagers were among the dead. Larry Ashbrook, 47, turned a gun on himself after firing more than 40 shots from .38 and 9mm semi-automatic handguns at the congregation. Witnesses said he reloaded three times. The worshippers, some as young as six, had gathered for a school service at Wedgwood... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Washington Post, Editorial

The bloodbaths by gunfire — America's haunting national shame — don't stop. Mad terrorists, armed to the teeth, kill and maim where innocent people gather: in schools, summer camps, office buildings, houses of worship and who-knows-where-next. Increasingly jumpy local officials scramble for metal detectors, security guards, video monitors — anything that might ward off a massacre in their midst. This week the scene is a prayer rally for teenagers in a Fort Worth... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

New York Times

FORT WORTH — Gov. George W. Bush cut short a busy Presidential campaign swing through Michigan and beat a hasty, somber path back to Texas on Thursday, expressing outrage at what he called "a wave of evil passing through America" but asserting that gun control was not the solution. Candidate's Reactions Presidential candidates' reactions to the Wednesday shootings at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas that killed eight, including the gunman. "First and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Washington Post

FORT WORTH — Larry Gene Ashbrook, 47, was the oddball of Marshall Street, a chronically unemployed and often disheveled man who lived alone in a tumbledown rambler. Though 6 feet tall, he weighed just 140 pounds and had long brown hair that always seemed matted and unwashed. He had no use for his neighbors, and when he spoke to them, usually it was in anger. He would sneer, gesture obscenely, accuse them of talking about him, of snickering behind his back. Once, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Associated Press

Texas Gov. George W. Bush has signed into law: - In 1995, Bush approved a measure allowing Texans to be licensed to carry concealed weapons. Bush called it another weapon in the fight against crime. "This is a bill to make Texas a safer place," he said. - In 1997, Bush signed a bill making changes in that law. Among them, it prevented prosecution of licensed gun owners for illegally carrying guns into churches unless they were given verbal or written notice that it... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

17 September 1999

Telegraph (UK)

BLOEMFONTEIN — A black South African army officer was shot dead yesterday after he went on the rampage against white colleagues killing seven, including several officers. Five white soldiers were also wounded, two of them critically. The black lieutenant, who was not named, fired his automatic rifle as he went from office to office in the headquarters of the First South African Infantry Battalion at the Tempe base in Bloemfontein. The army tried to play down the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

17 September 1999

CNN

JERUSALEM — If one looks at the streets of Israel, it sometimes appears to be a country awash in guns, with soldiers, police and settlers carrying Uzis. Paradoxically, Israel has incredibly strict gun control laws. Try to buy a handgun, and you'll face perhaps a 3-month waiting period, police, medical and psychological checks and hard-to-win approval from the Interior Ministry. Prospective gun owners must also pass a gun competence test. A record of substance abuse... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 September 1999

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, California — Five people are wounded at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, followed by the fatal shooting of a Filipino-American postal worker. White supremacist Buford O. Furrow Jr., 37, is charged with murder and attempted murder. Pelham, Ala. (Aug. 5): Alan Miller, 34, is charged with killing two co-workers at their office, then killing a third person at a company where he used to work. Atlanta (July 29): Frustrated investor Mark Barton, 44,... (GunPolicy.org)

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