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Gun Policy News, 17 March 2000

United States

17 March 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — A growing number of prominent Republicans say they feel deeply uncomfortable with the harsh battle of words pitting President Clinton against the National Rifle Association, and, as a result, have begun urging passage of long-stalled gun control legislation in Congress this year. A number of Republicans who have strongly opposed strict gun control efforts in the past-including Representative J. C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, who has appeared in advertisements... (GunPolicy.org)

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17 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

Even detractors will tell you he doesn't seem like a political brawler — let alone one who'd try to paint the president as a liar. He's unfailingly polite. He moves more in the world of tailored suits than camouflage. And after all, the Clark Kent-looking lobbyist with pudgy cheeks nearly went to work for liberal House Speaker "Tip" O'Neill once upon a time. Nevertheless, National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre is at the forefront of a risky... (GunPolicy.org)

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17 March 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — With some 30 state, city and local governments threatening legal action against firearms manufacturers to recover the damages caused by gun violence, the nation's top gun maker agreed Friday to change its marketing, manufacturing and design practices in order save its financial life. Connecticut-based Smith & Wesson agreed to include child safety locks, ensure background checks both at retail stores and gun shows and take so-called ballistic fingerprints... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2000

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

Moving beyond the numbness of "How could this happen?", America is now asking a more pertinent question when a child shoots a child: Where did he get the gun? In some cases, the answers are leading to arrests. In last month's school shooting in Michigan and in an accidental shooting here in Philadelphia, adults have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after 6-year-olds killed others with their guns. In both cases, the loaded gun was easily accessible. Neither... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2000

Oregon Live, Editorial

This was an ugly, disturbing week for a nation struggling to agree on ways to reduce gun violence. A leader of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, accused President Clinton of being "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda." After Clinton denied that obscene and cynical allegation, and called again for tougher gun controls, LaPierre cut loose with another blast of rhetoric. He claimed the blood of a murdered basketball... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2000

New York Law Journal

State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer announced yesterday the formation of an embryonic organization that he hopes will grow into an economic powerhouse capable of bringing the handgun industry to its knees. With government contracts comprising about 10 percent of all handgun sales nationwide, Mr. Spitzer said, a governmental coalition could wield "immense financial leverage" to compel the gun industry to adopt safety measures in the way guns are made and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In a deal heralded as a way to save children's lives, gunmaking giant Smith & Wesson agreed Friday to install locks on its weapons to make them more childproof. In exchange, governments would drop lawsuits seeking damages for gun violence. The agreement, reached after two months of negotiations involving the company, state and local officials and the Clinton administration, establishes an unprecedented "code of conduct" for selling and distributing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2000

Philadelphia Daily News, Column

WASHINGTON — I don't know what Bill Clinton did to deserve Wayne LaPierre, the motormouth who blathers for the National Rifle Association. Just lucky, I guess. Sure, Clinton's always had a four-leaf clover when it comes to political enemies. Newt Gingrich, before he quit amid fumes of his own sex scandal, was a perfect foil. Ken Starr, when Clinton made his Monica Mistake, was demonized as a vengeful, puritanical gumshoe. Now, like a gift from heaven, here comes... (GunPolicy.org)

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