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Gun Policy News, 16 April 2000


16 April 2000

Sunday Mail (South Australia)

Being bullied at school and snubbed as a teenager was an underlying reason for Martin Bryant's killing spree at Port Arthur, according to a confidential psychiatric report. After the killings on April 28 1996, Bryant told a Psychiatrist he was "hazed and knocked around" by school bullies from the age of seven, according to the official report on his state of mind. "No one wanted to be my friend," Bryant said. "All I wanted was for people to like me." He told the... (

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United States

16 April 2000

Nando Times

LITTLETON, Colorado — One night over dinner 15-year-old Daniel Mauser asked his dad if he knew that unlicensed dealers at gun shows didn't have to do criminal background checks on buyers. Two weeks later, the teenager was dead — shot down in his own high school with a weapon purchased at a gun show. Today, Tom Mauser has become his late son's voice in the gun-control campaign. "To have him killed by a gun bought at a gun show — I felt that was a sign," Mauser... (

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United States

16 April 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) / Gannett

FRONT SIGHT, Nevada — Australian journalist Gerard Ryle looked nauseated as he retreated from the firing line cradling his 9 mm Uzi. In the background: a paper silhouette of a person obliterated by a single pull of a trigger and 20 successive blasts. "I've never fired a gun in my life," Ryle muttered. "This is awful." Outsiders might relate. But most folks locking and loading here on a remote desert shooting range are gun enthusiasts eager to drive 48 miles west... (

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United States

16 April 2000


WASHINGTON, DC — When shots rang out at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., seven children were left wounded. One continues to battle for life, with a gunshot wound to the head. It continues to be a difficult year for some children in the nation's capital. Since the beginning of the academic year at least 17 have been killed by gunfire-more than the number killed in the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado. Unlike Columbine, many of the deaths... (

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United States

16 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — With the first anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings looming, President Clinton is taking his appeal for gun control directly to children in a magazine for young people. "The debate about reducing gun violence isn't about politics. It's about saving lives," Clinton wrote in a brief article in the April 21 edition of Time for Kids, the classroom version of Time magazine. While urging Congress to pass legislation for background checks and... (

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