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Gun Policy News, 2 March 2000

United States

2 March 2000

Associated Press

A 6-year-old boy comes to school with a gun and allegedly kills a first-grade classmate. Within hours, he is calmly drawing pictures, and the debate begins: At what age can a child be held responsible for committing a crime? Tuesday's tragedy in Mount Morris Township, Mich., has stirred new questions about how much children understand when they kill and how authorities should deal with them. Genesee County Prosecutor Arthur Busch on Thursday brought an involuntary... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Time (USA)

When a first-grade student fatally shot classmate Kayla Rolland on Tuesday, people in Michigan — and around the country — scrambled to find someone to blame for the murder. As Genesee County, Mich., prosecutor Arthur Busch noted wryly Thursday, if this crime had taken place in 17 states other than Michigan, a case would have been opened against the owner of the gun used to kill Rolland. In those states, so-called Child Access Prevention laws hold gun owners... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

WASHINGTON — The public outrage sparked by back-to-back shootings in Michigan and Pennsylvania got the attention of the White House and members of Congress on Wednesday, but a sympathetic ear is about all the federal government has to offer. The shooting death Tuesday of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland, a first-grader in Mount Morris Township, Mich., by one of her classmates, in particular prompted renewed calls on Capitol Hill for stricter gun laws. Before the echoes of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

The shooting of a Michigan six-year-old by a troubled classmate on Feb. 29 is a distressing signal that even elementary schools are not safe from the scourge of gun violence. Since last year's tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado, most school administrators have focused safety efforts on middle and upper grades. Junior and senior high schools across the nation have sprouted metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and security officers, and strict enforcement of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Associated Press

The usually carefree world of first-grade has become a terrifying place for 7-year-old Vanessa Harden of Mount Morris Township, Mich. The little girl was down the hall from the first-grade classroom where a 6-year-old pupil was shot to death this week. Vanessa wants to see her friends again, but she's scared to return — so scared, in fact, that her family is considering moving to another state. Vanessa's grandmother, Rose Kelly, says there is no way to make the girl... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Baltimore Sun

Sen. John McCain had hit his stride yesterday morning, roaring through his stump speech in Riverside, Calif., when a seventh-grade girl stopped him cold. The shooting death of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland had scared her, she said. What would the Arizona senator do to keep it from happening again? McCain groped for an answer, stammering about the "huge problem" of youth violence, the promise of new gun-safety technologies, the "incredible impact" of Internet smut,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

State Sen. Bryan Sullivant says his "straw purchase" ban would have gotten Robyn Anderson prosecuted for buying three of the guns used in the Columbine High School massacre. But he can't say what she would have been prosecuted for. The bill would not ban any of the purchases Anderson made on behalf of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Still, Sullivant told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his bill "is the bullseye when it comes to Columbine." "This is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

2 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

It is claimed that hundreds more gun owners in New South Wales could soon have to surrender their firearms. A review of the firearms act is underway to see whether people with firearms licences are still entitled to have them. Under the national guns buy-back scheme thousands of firearms were handed in across New South Wales, but an amendment to the State's Firearms Act allowed many people to keep their weapons by becoming members of a shooting club. Now, clubs... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

USA Today

Even in a nation soaked with guns and violence, the murder Tuesday in Michigan of a 6-year-old girl by a 6-year-old boy with a .32-cal revolver provoked unique outrage. The destruction of two young lives-count both children as victims-speaks directly to the realities of communities saturated by firearms. Neither age nor innocence is shield enough. The same message was delivered in a different manner Wednesday in Pennsylvania, where a gunman shot five people, killing at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Washington Post

Barely 24 hours after a first-grader shot another to death in an elementary school, the gun-horror spotlight shifted yesterday to a suburb of Pittsburgh, where a man went on a lunchtime rampage at two fast-food spots, then held hostages in an office building before surrendering. Unrelated incidents? Or can anyone in Congress connect the dots between the handguns in both places? Lawmakers no doubt will wring their hands about the violence, issue calls for a control here... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

2 March 2000

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It became a crime in Pakistan on Thursday to publicly display weapons — no small thing in a country awash in arms, where a rocket launcher can be bought in the open market. And that's just the beginning, said Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider, whose job it is to bring order to a nation wracked by sectarian violence, ethnic killings and assassinations. "They will not like it," the retired army general said of militant Islamic groups. "They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Deseret Morning News (Utah), Editorial

The 2000 Legislature is now history and this much is evident: The gun lobby's tail wagged the Republican lawmakers' dog. The only "gun" bills that passed this session were either backed by the National Rifle Association or the Utah Shooting Sports Council. Utahns need to be asking why. Some bills were dead on arrival. Despite some lawmakers' efforts to keep important issues at the forefront of the public debate, the majority wasn't going along with bills that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Each day 89 people in the United States die at the hand of the 200 million to 250 million guns circulating in the country and of these victims, 13 are children. Advocates for stricter U.S. gun laws say the statistics speak for themselves. But gun lobbyists argue the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and that the problem lies with the enforcement of current gun laws. Deaths caused by guns are three times... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Seeking momentum on gun control from the Michigan school shooting, President Clinton summoned leaders of Congress to the White House next week, hoping to break an impasse on mandatory gun safety locks and gun show background checks. "Maybe this tragic death will help," the president said Thursday, referring to Tuesday's fatal shooting of a 6-year-old girl by a classmate using a stolen .32-caliber semiautomatic gun in Mount Morris Township, Mich. On... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton, lamenting that 13 children are killed by guns every day in America, said today he will seek a meeting with congressional leaders next week to "break the logjam" on legislation to require gun safety locks. He also made his strongest statement yet on licensing gun owners the same way drivers are licensed. "I think it's long, long past time to license purchases of handguns in this country," Clinton told reporters after a meeting in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

It just keeps getting more senseless. On Tuesday a first grader in Michigan shot and killed a 6-year-old classmate. Yesterday an adult gunman in Pennsylvania shot a worker at his apartment building, then fired on customers at two fast-food restaurants, killing two people and wounding three. He fled into a nearby office building before finally surrendering. These new eruptions of violence, coming just a day apart, only confirm the urgency of solving the nation's gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 March 2000

Associated Press

VALLEY COTTAGE, New York — She accepted a contribution from a rap artist charged with gun possession. He accepted a contribution from the president of the National Rifle Association. On Wednesday — as shootings in Pennsylvania and Michigan captured headlines — the rival Senate campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani accused each other of hypocrisy on gun violence. Both candidates support gun control. The charge from Giuliani's side against... (GunPolicy.org)

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