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Gun Policy News, 9 March 2000

United States

9 March 2000

Deseret Morning News (Utah)

Once again we read with horror and disgust a news story about a Michigan child gunning down another child. This shooting has left me feeling deeply saddened and angered but unfortunately not surprised. Haven't we all had enough? These children are not strangers. They are our children. It's not enough for us to discuss our regret and anger and terror with our friends and leave it to some nebulous "they" to do something about it. We are they. And goodness help us all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Colorado's leading gun-control group Wednesday officially started its drive to take the gun issue out of the hands of legislators and put it into the hands of voters. "We feel the baton has been passed to us," said Arnie Grossman, co-president of SAFE Colorado. "We know the nation will be watching us in Colorado." Grossman and co-president John Head filed paperwork Wednesday morning to begin an initiative petition drive to require criminal background checks at gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

New York Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized New York City yesterday for failing to join more than two dozen cities, counties and states that are trying to force gun manufacturers to improve gun safety and tighten controls over gun sales through legal action. "Changes in the way guns are designed and manufactured, marketed and distributed could save many lives in the future," Mrs. Clinton said in an appearance at a Lower Manhattan office building yesterday with State Attorney... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

ABC News (USA)

An overwhelming majority of Americans say parents should be charged with a crime if their child uses their gun to shoot someone. This follows the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old Michigan girl, allegedly by one of her elementary school classmates. In such cases, 75 percent say parents should be prosecuted for failing to keep the firearm out of their child's hands, this ABCNEWS.com poll found. Just 15 percent said the parents should not be charged with a crime. Separate... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — Custodial parents who "knowingly or recklessly" allow their children to obtain guns should be held legally liable, President Bill Clinton said during an interview aired Thursday on CNN's 'Burden of Proof.' "I think if the custodial adult either knowingly or recklessly leaves a gun where a child can get ahold of it, I think there should be some liability there," he told CNN's Greta van Susteren. "Of course I think there ought to be child trigger locks on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Making the case for stricter gun safety laws, President Clinton suggested that measures included in legislation languishing on Capitol Hill could prevent tragedies such as the killing last week of a 6-year-old Michigan girl. "I'm not at all sure that even a callous, irresponsible drug dealer with a 6-year-old in the house wouldn't leave a child trigger lock on a gun," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's "Burden of Proof," a transcript of which was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan congressional commission said that early prevention is key to preventing explosions of rage like those at several schools in the past few years. At a Capitol Hill press briefing this morning, the group released a report on youth violence that also pointed to community efforts, mental health services and effective juvenile-justice programs as important steps to preventing at-risk children from embracing crime and violence. The task force,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

Gun control — a topic that polarizes Americans more than any other except, perhaps, abortion — is likely for the first time to become a major hot-button issue in a US presidential race. That expectation has been heightened by several factors, foremost the rising national concern about student gunmen who open fire in their schools. With Congress hamstrung over how to respond, and with both the gun-control lobby and the National Rifle Association building up their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

9 March 2000

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada's fledgling gun-control system will not immediately be subject to a wide-ranging study by the federal auditor general. Officials in Denis Desautels's office said yesterday the auditor decided not to study the registry and licensing system until "it is better established and has been in place long enough to produce clear outcomes." The Firearms Act, passed by Parliament in 1995 to protect Canadians, requires that gun owners get licences by the end of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

Reuters

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Four people were shot to death and two wounded when a Memphis fireman allegedly ambushed fellow firefighters and police responding to a blaze at his house, police reported. The suspect, identified by authorities as Fred Williams, 41, was allegedly angered by his estrangement from his newlywed wife. The Wednesday shooting began when firefighters responded to a call and arrived to find the home ablaze, but they came under fire. One firefighter... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A national gun buyback program championed by President Clinton is at risk of losing its funding as lawmakers begin work on an emergency bill to pay for U.S. troops in Kosovo and combatting drugs in Colombia. As part of the $9 billion bill, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee want to rescind $700,000 that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is using to purchase guns turned in at public housing projects. Money for the purchases,... (GunPolicy.org)

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