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Gun Policy News, 23 March 2000

Canada

23 March 2000

Canadian Press

TORONTO — An Ontario backbencher's role in a TV infomercial by the American National Rifle Association is more proof of the Tory government's hypocrisy on the issue of gun control and public safety, the opposition says. "The Harris government is in the holster of the gun lobby," Liberal member Michael Bryant charged Thursday. "They've entered into an unholy alliance with the hard right-wing NRA." But Tory member Jerry Ouellette said Thursday he had no idea he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who says she plans to join the "Million Mom March" for gun safety, has links to its organizer. Donna Dees-Thomases, originator of the event scheduled to take place here on May 14, Mother's Day, is a sister-in-law of Susan Thomases, a longtime friend of the first lady. 'Million Mom March' Will Target Gun Safety (March 22) Mrs. Clinton hasn't been asked to speak during the event, and organizers say an invitation isn't likely. "We... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Washington Post

The Clinton administration and a coalition of local governments announced yesterday that they will use the purchasing power of law enforcement agencies to try to force other gun manufacturers into accepting the same package of gun safety measures and restrictions on gun sales that Smith & Wesson Corp. agreed to last week. Seeking to keep pressure on the gun industry, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo and representatives of the coalition of 29 city... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Chicago Tribune, Opinion

Smith & Wesson negotiated quite a settlement last week with the federal government and several of the cities suing America's largest gunmaker. Company spokesman Ken Jorgensen summed up the agreement: "It doesn't change a lot of things in terms of how we do business. But it is going to save us a lot of money on the legal side." The purpose of the cities' lawsuits was precisely to "change a lot of things" about how the gun industry does business. The incentive for that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Philadelphia Inquirer

Speaking in a neighborhood troubled by guns and drugs, Mayor Street yesterday renewed his campaign pledge to join other cities in suing gun manufacturers. "We're going to sue gun manufacturers. We really are," Street told several hundred people who gathered for a town hall meeting at Girls High School at Broad Street and Olney Avenue. In December, Gov. Ridge signed into law a bill passed by upstate gun-rights advocates that bars municipalities from suing gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Washington Post

Maryland's Senate president said yesterday that a tentative agreement had been reached to bring to a vote a weakened version of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's stalled smart gun legislation that would drop language mandating the futuristic gun locks. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Prince George's) said the technology for personalized handguns capable of being fired only by their owners remains too unproven to require. Instead, he said, the Senate will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

23 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado), Column

I was sitting on the beach with Catherine, a lawyer from Paris with a sensational tan and a passion for politics. She was working on her Ph.D. in public law, and she said she was curious about one thing. Why did Americans think guns made them safe? Couldn't they see what the rest of the world saw so clearly? I tried to explain. There are some in America who equate firearms with personal freedom, I told her. They believe that the only way they can guarantee their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

Gun violence has blown Dana Bartimus out of her secure suburban way of life. On May 14, the last Mother's Day of the 20th century, she plans to join a throng of women and girls from throughout the country at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Million Mom March. This movement has been building mostly under the public radar screen. I think it's behind the National Rifle Association's recent pro-gun rhetoric, Smith & Wesson's decision to accept gun-control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Orange County Register (California)

COSTA MESA — Bryco Arms Inc., Orange County's only gun maker, said Wednesday that it is unlikely to join any deal calling for firearms regulation and safety measures like the agreement signed last week by Smith & Wesson. Bryco, one of six Southern California handgun makers dubbed the "Ring of Fire" because they surround Los Angeles, criticized the deal for creating an oversight commission that does not have the approval of Congress. "This is an effort to create a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Benton Howell walked away with a "hen-egg" knot on his forehead. Shariar Ghalam's bloody face filled TV screens. These dueling protesters both say they came to NRA president Charlton Heston's Boulder speech to express views on guns in a nonviolent manner. But emotions escalated between shouting pro-gun and anti-gun forces outside Macky Auditorium Tuesday night, and the men ended up tussling in the mud. Howell, 55, a telecommunications engineer from Superior, is vice... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

A whole week has gone by without the National Rifle Association's blaming President Clinton for bloodshed. But the NRA is not on the defensive. Its chief contention-that gun violence could be fixed by tougher enforcement of existing law-finds expression in a bill introduced by Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla.). The Clinton administration agrees that more money is needed. The NRA and its friends now sense momentum in favor of their emphasis on enforcement. Richmond's Project... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — It had to be mothers who'd think of the march, they believe, mothers who are passionately, painfully, overpoweringly angry. Nearly 12 children age 19 and younger are killed every day, they say — shot by each other, by adults, by themselves. Now the mothers want, no, demand that something be done about guns. And to deliver that plea, they are coming here on Mother's Day, by the thousands. They're calling it the Million Mom March. Million Mom March... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Reuters

CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old boy held his class and teacher at gunpoint on Thursday before another teacher talked him into handing over the weapon, police said. It was the latest gun incident to jolt America where a spate of high-profile shootings has provoked calls for increased gun control. The sixth-grade student at a Lisbon, Ohio elementary school later told a school official he pulled the gun, which belonged to his father, because he wanted to join his mother in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Washington Post, Column

According to my crack computer, I have used the expression "gun nuts" only twice in my career-and never in reference to the National Rifle Association. One reference was to right-wing militias and the other to some Pat Buchanan supporters. Now, though, I'm about to change all that. I have just read a speech by Charlton Heston, the NRA's president. The man is nuts. My computer also tells me others have written about this speech, but for some reason I knew nothing about... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 28 cities and counties aim to use collective buying power to give preference to gun makers that follow the lead of Smith & Wesson — signing an agreement to produce safer firearms and stick to a code of responsible conduct. "Government at every level should use their procurement policies to support manufacturers who take responsible steps to make guns safer and to keep guns out of the wrong hands," said Andrew Cuomo, secretary of Housing... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

23 March 2000

New Zealand Press Association

WHANGAREI — Police have blasted Northland Federated Farmers' claim it was necessary for its members in isolated areas to keep loaded weapons by their beds, saying it is "ludicrous" and "irresponsible". Northland Federated Farmers operations director Bill Guest said in the board report to district annual general meetings that murder and violent crime related to drugs have become common in Northland. As a result, he believed it was necessary for Northland farmers and... (GunPolicy.org)

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