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Gun Policy News, 13 March 2000

United States

13 March 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — In a harsh public brawl, President Clinton criticized the National Rifle Association on Sunday for a "knee-jerk reaction" to gun safety, and a top NRA official accused Clinton of being willing to "accept a certain level of killing" to further his agenda and that of Vice President Gore. "I just think that their knee-jerk reaction to any gun safety measure is wrong," Clinton said in an interview on ABC's This Week. "If you do one little thing that requires... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

WASHINGTON — When gun control is mentioned in Pennsylvania politics, the name Joe Clark invariably comes up. The last two-term Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, Clark co-sponsored a bill in 1968 to register all guns in the United States. Time to "shrug off the noisy protests of the gun lobby," Joe Clark would say. And, as opponents of gun control always point out, he also lost his next election to Republican Richard Schweiker in a campaign dominated by the issue... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Newsweek

The father knew it even before he was told. When a fellow inmate informed Dedric Darnell Owens that there had been a shooting at his son's school, "a cold, sickening feeling came over me," Owens later told the local county sheriff, Bob Pickell. "I knew it was my son that did the shooting," said Owens, who was in jail for violating probation after serving a two-year sentence on cocaine and burglary charges. Sheriff Pickell asked Owens, how could he be so certain?... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Telegraph (UK)

President Clinton was embroiled in a bitter duel with America's gun lobby yesterday when he criticised it for "knee-jerk reaction to any gun safety measure". Returning fire, the National Rifle Association's executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, accused Mr Clinton of exploiting gun deaths for political purposes. "I've come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country," Mr LaPierre said. "He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Salon (USA)

One night in the autumn of 1987, in Little Rock, Ark., a boy named Austin Fulk smelled his own death. He was 17, too young to drink in the bars, so he often hung out in a park that was popular among gay teenagers. On this night the sky was overcast, the ground soggy from a day's rain and the place mostly deserted. He was standing in a dimly lit parking lot, chatting with a man who had driven into town in a pickup truck. A car drove past very slowly, sped up, turned... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Newsweek

It's not exactly détente, but it's progress nonetheless. This week, for the first time, National Rifle Association chief Charlton Heston and Jim Brady, founder of Handgun Control, will share a stage in Denver to support Project Exile, the NRA program that cuts crime by prosecuting every gun law on the books. Denver's been testing the program for months-gun prosecutions have nearly doubled-and now the community is raising $500,000 for ads that warn: "Pack an illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Federal officials determined that a woman lied on a federal gun application in order to buy weapons for a neighbor, who later killed four people, the Associated Press reported March 10. According to investigators, Constance Waugh, 48, lied to two gun-shop owners when she told them the weapons were for her own use. Waugh actually purchased a shotgun and an AR-15 assault weapon for Joseph Palczynski. Palczynski, 31, accompanied Waugh to the gun shops. According to Mike... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

New York Times

CLEVELAND — A long-running dispute between President Clinton and the National Rifle Association escalated today as Mr. Clinton angrily rejected a suggestion that he tolerated a certain amount of violence and killing to strengthen the case for gun control and to score political points for the Democratic Party. Mr. Clinton said such suggestions were grotesque and totally without foundation. And he said the comments by a senior executive of the N.R.A. were an example of... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Associated Press

Ad narrated by NRA President Charlton Heston: "Mr. Clinton, we all agree that guns don't belong in the hands of people ruled mentally incompetent. So gun-buyer background checks ought to include mental records checks. "Problem is, you say you're for it when you've blocked it at every turn. That's lie No. 1. "And you say it takes days, when it can be done in minutes. That's lie No. 2. "The public deserves criminal and mental record checks on gun buyers. Not... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Newsweek

After last week's deadly shootings, President Clinton provided written answers to questions from Newsweek's Debra Rosenberg and Matt Bai. Excerpts: NEWSWEEK: Why not register all guns? CLINTON: We have licenses for driving and for hunting; I think we should have them too for buying new handguns. Under my plan, new handgun purchasers would first have to get a state-issued photo license showing that they passed the Brady background check and a gun-safety training... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 March 2000

Reuters

CLEVELAND — President Clinton denounced the National Rifle Association for engaging in "political smear tactics" on Monday for saying he was tolerant of some gun killing because it was good for politics. At a Democratic fund-raising speech and a subsequent address at the Cleveland Public Library, Clinton used the NRA attacks to lobby for his gun control legislation. "If we can do more things to keep guns away from criminals and children, that don't have anything to... (GunPolicy.org)

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