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Gun Policy News, 15 March 2000

United States

15 March 2000

Sydney Morning Herald

A group of concerned women is organising a Million Mums March on Congress to show their distress at the continuing incidence of gun violence among children and their dissatisfaction with the political response. Although their numbers are more likely to be in the thousands, the marchers have a permit allowing their protest to take place on Mother's Day, May 14, adding symbolic impact to the cause. The march borrows its name from Dr Martin Luther King's historic Million... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

WASHINGTON — President Clinton squeezed the issue into a recent speech on China's entry into the World Trade Organization. He inserted a few lines on the matter while discussing the need for vaccines in Africa. He added it to his call for prescription drug benefits for the elderly. Since one first grader killed another two weeks ago in Michigan, Mr. Clinton has relentlessly pressed the need for tougher gun laws from the presidential lectern. "I went and met with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Journal Sentinel

The National Rifle Association is used to bullying its way around Washington, D.C., with an artillery that includes overblown words and twisted facts. The fight it picked with President Clinton recently is part of that MO. The latest bout started with a TV ad in which NRA President Charlton Heston called Clinton a liar for characterizing the organization as an obstacle to sensible gun safety measures. Well, you be the judge. As the president has noted, the NRA opposed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Los Angeles Times

SIMI VALLEY — For a gay councilman from West Hollywood, going to Simi Valley to argue in favor of gun control is basically like heading into enemy territory. But when West Hollywood Councilman Steve Martin came out to Simi Valley recently, he was surprised to find that local members of the National Rifle Assn. were happy to see him. "These people were so sweet to me, they'd have carried me to my car," Martin said. At last week's debate, Martin said both sides... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Washington Post

President Clinton today said federal data show that in the first year of an "instant background check" system for prospective gun buyers, 179,000 felons, fugitives, domestic abusers and others were barred from making illegal purchases. The president, who announced the findings in a White House ceremony that members of Congress, the administration and D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey, is pressing lawmakers to make similar background checks mandatory for unlicensed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

NRA top guns Charlton Heston and Wayne LaPierre have engaged President Clinton and Vice President Gore in a round of singularly low cross-fire. With Congress cravenly ducking in the middle, Mr. Heston set off the exchanges last week in television ads that all but called the president a liar for blaming the gun lobby for blocking gun control legislation. When Mr. Clinton shot back at what he called "the NRA's knee-jerk reaction to every gun-safety measure," Mr. LaPierre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has crossed over into absurdity in his efforts to stymie gun control legislation this year. LaPierre's outrageous accusation that President Clinton is "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda" can do nothing but backfire. Clinton can be accused of many things, but few would agree that he considers any number of fatalities acceptable. LaPierre and his crony, NRA... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Sacramento Bee (California), Editorial

If the National Rifle Association wants Americans to believe that it is as concerned about gun violence as it claims, it could start by replacing its executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, whose latest offensive outburst is likely to help make an already acrid election-year debate even worse. On a Sunday TV talk show, LaPierre accused President Clinton of being "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda." Granted that the president... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Another senseless shooting and what we get from the National Rifle Assn. is more nonsense. Two weeks ago, a 6-year-old Michigan boy took a loaded gun to school and used it to kill a 6-year-old classmate who had ticked him off. Tragedies like this tend to make even hardened gun advocates nervous. When one first-grader kills another, the usual 2nd Amendment incantations on the right to bear arms fall way off the mark. But instead of keeping silent, the gun lobby insists... (GunPolicy.org)

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15 March 2000

United Press International

ALBANY, New York — New York state senate Republicans were fuming Wednesday after learning of sweeping gun-control proposals put forth by Gov. George Pataki, a fellow Republican, by watching ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" program. "I'm not angry. Why should I be angry? I mean, he briefed everybody except me," Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno said at a news conference. "You think that disturbs me? He knew that I'd hear about it because I watch TV." Pataki's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — On a day that both a Democratic president and a Republican governor pushed for broad new gun controls, long-stalled legislation won a symbolic victory in Congress. The House voted 218-205 to urge House-Senate negotiators to meet within two weeks. If they did, it would be their first session since August. Last year, the Senate voted to institute 72-hour background checks on gun show sales, but the House rejected that provision and gun control has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton accused the National Rifle Association of political skullduggery today as he welcomed fellow Democrats and an improbable Republican to a White House pep rally on gun control. The White House, which has been in a war of words with the NRA for several days, said the gun group was threatening to retaliate against members of Congress who voted against it on a gun measure today. The House planned to vote on a bill urging members of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Associated Press

EASTON, Connecticut — Free gun locks will be distributed here as part of a national gun safety program sponsored by a sports foundation representing leading gun manufacturers. Thirty cities and towns across the country are already participating in "Project Home Safe," sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The Newtown-based trade group represents about 1,800 gun, munitions and accessory manufacturers. "This has nothing to do with public relations,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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15 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The House has voted narrowly to urge House-Senate negotiators to meet within two weeks to consider long-stalled gun controlled legislation. The Senate voted last year to institute 72-hour background checks on gun show sales, but the House rejected that provision in favor of a 24-hour wait and gun control has been on the back burner since then. The negotiators are to resolve differences between the two bills, which also contain a number of other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 March 2000

Associated Press

MONROEVILLE, Alabama — A 7-year-old boy fatally shot a 5-year-old neighbor by firing an air gun point-blank, but no charges are expected against him, authorities said. Sacorya Johnson was shot just above the left eye just after she came home from school last Thursday, police Capt. C.H. Steen said. Police were not sure if the pump air rifle was loaded with pellets or BB shot, but a projectile entered the girl's skull. Sacorya was taken to Monroe County Hospital, then... (GunPolicy.org)

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15 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Calling on lawmakers to put politics aside and get to work, President Clinton on Wednesday urged the Republican-led Congress to break an impasse and move forward on passing tougher gun control measures. Flanked by lawmakers as he made a speech in the East Room of the White House, Clinton said that although the crime rate has improved in the United States, it is still too easy for guns to fall into the hands of criminals and children. "We have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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15 March 2000

Reuters

NEW YORK — New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican with national political ambitions, proposed gun control measures on Wednesday for his state that put him at odds with his party's leaders in Congress and many fellow Republican governors. Amid a heated national debate about guns following a spate of shootings by children at schools in recent years and other shooting deaths, Pataki proposed a ban on assault weapons, the installation of mandatory trigger locks with... (GunPolicy.org)

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15 March 2000

Washington Times

Congressional Republicans fear they will be hurt by the increasingly bitter rhetorical duel between the National Rifle Association and the White House. "I don't know anybody who wants to discuss it," House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, told The Washington Times yesterday. "It's not a good discussion." Republican staffers say the angry war of words between President Clinton and NRA Vice President Wayne R. LaPierre Jr. could hurt them in the November... (GunPolicy.org)

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