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Gun Policy News, 14 March 2000

United States

14 March 2000

BBC News

The White House has reacted furiously to allegations that President Clinton is exploiting gun deaths for political purposes. The response followed a statement made on Sunday by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre alleging that President Clinton was "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his and his vice president's political agenda". He attributed the president's renewed focus on guns to his interest in getting Al Gore elected. "The pollsters... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

United Press International

The mother of the 6-year-old Michigan boy who allegedly shot and killed a first-grade classmate says her son doesn't understand what happened. In an interview on "Good Morning America" Monday, Tamarla Owens said she has tried to get her son to talk about the shooting death of Kayla Rolland as she and her classmates lined up to go to the library at Buell Elementary School in suburban Flint, Mich. "I talk to my son every night. I really don't feel he knows or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Long Beach Press-Telegram (California)

LONG BEACH — Doris Kagin doesn't want her two sons to take her to brunch this Mother's Day. She's spending the May 14 holiday protesting gun violence at the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C. - Local women to join gun-control protest - BeachFest heats chili, oils its bull - Wilson High accused of bias - Accomplice in murder gets life - Miller leaves race - Stalking of police chief upheld - Trio held in slaying - Group to protest for safer air - Senator to talk on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Gun-rights advocates say the flurry of lawsuits filed nationwide against gun manufacturers is a back-door way to take away people's guns. "What the people who want to take away our guns want to do is copy what's happened to the tobacco industry," said Aimee Rathburn, executive director of the Colorado State Shooting Association. "The idea is to bankrupt the firearms industry so they can take away our guns." Rathburn's group, along with the National Rifle Association,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

ABC News (USA)

The battle over guns has a high profile on the national level, but much of it is actually being fought in the states. In New York, the Republican governor, George Pataki, is about to take on the NRA with a plan to give each gun its own fingerprint. Gov. Pataki's proposal would require that all guns sold in his state be fired before sale, and that the unique image of the ballistic markings from each gun be kept on file in a computer. The governor says it would be like... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Philadelphia Daily News

HARRISBURG — With President Clinton and the National Rifle Association trading fire over gun control, state Rep. Andrew Carn is calling for mandated gun-safety training for all new gun owners in Pennsylvania. Carn, a Philadelphia Democrat, long a gun-control advocate, yesterday introduced new legislation requiring certified firearms- safety courses taught either by police or sportsmen's groups authorized by police. "You have to pass a test before you can drive a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Washington Post

CLEVELAND — President Clinton called the National Rifle Association's latest attack on him an example of "political smear tactics," but the gun lobby remained defiant as the national debate over gun control grew notably hotter. On Sunday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told ABC's "This Week" that Clinton "needs a certain level of violence in this country … He's willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda and his vice... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

MSNBC

ANCHORAGE — Controlling firearms has caused a new firestorm in the U.S. Capitol. Touching it off this time are controversial charges by the National Rifle Association that the White House condones a certain level of killing. WHEN IT COMES TO GUN CONTROL, the war of words has been heated before, but rarely have the verbal bullets flown like this weekend, when the NRA accused the White House of failing to enforce existing gun laws. "I've come to believe he needs a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

As President Clinton and the head of the nation's largest gun lobby traded verbal hammer-blows yesterday, it was easy to overlook the fact that for many, such as Stroud Custer III, the National Rifle Association is an educational institution. Custer, a York County computer analyst, is in many ways the face of the NRA in a state that is fertile ground for the organization. A member for more than 20 years, Custer is an NRA-certified firearms instructor who, every year,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Seattle Times, Editorial

A shouting match between the White House and the National Rifle Association escalated this week from the ridiculous to the absurd, demonstrating once again why common-sense gun-control legislation continues to languish. Thoughtful members of the NRA ought to be embarrassed by the inane inaccuracies spouted by Wayne LaPierre, the group's executive vice president. "I've come to believe that he (President Clinton) needs a certain level of violence in this country,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Seattle Times, Editorial

WASHINGTON — An elderly widower shot a burglar to death recently and changed — at least temporarily — the terms of the debate over gun control. The 83-year-old A.D. Parker, who lives alone in a modest San Francisco house, said he heard someone busting through his back door late one night, then heard the intruder nearing his bedroom. He reached under the bed where he kept an old .38 he'd hadn't fired in decades, and when the crowbar-wielding burglar was just... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

USA Today, Editorial

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said Sunday that he believes President Clinton is "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda." Yet if any agenda requires a tolerance for killing, it's the one that calls for unregulated gun ownership. That's the NRA's position, not Clinton's. Still, LaPierre is welcome to his opinion and welcome to express it. The gun debate suffers from beside-the-point... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

Americans have become used to hearing nutty talk from leaders of the National Rifle Association. But Sunday's outrageous assertion by the group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, that President Clinton is "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda" deserves special condemnation. Mr. LaPierre made his sick suggestion that the president relishes having gun tragedies to exploit in an interview on ABC's "This Week." He was there... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

14 March 2000

Xinhua

NAIROBI — The East African Community (EAC), which comprises Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, has set up a security committee to curb the proliferation of small arms in the region, EAC secretary-general Francis Muthaura has said. Kenya's local newspapers Tuesday quoted Muthaura as saying that the flow of illegal arms into the region has contributed to the rising rate of violent crimes and conflicts. Muthaura on Monday told the ongoing Great Lakes Region and Horn of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton says he's "just trying to keep more people alive" as he and the National Rifle Association keep throwing elbows on the sensitive election-year topic of gun control. Neither the White House nor the NRA was backing off from a war of words that included an accusation from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierrre that Clinton was "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda and his vice president... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The White House today labeled as sad and shameful a National Rifle Association leader's accusation that President Clinton is "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda." "I'd have to agree with The New York Times this morning, that called it desperate rhetoric," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said on NBC's "Today." "I think it is sad but it's also shameful. The NRA desperately doesn't want to have the real debate we... (GunPolicy.org)

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