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Gun Policy News, 21 August 2000

United States

21 August 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — International arms sales surged last year to nearly $30.3 billion, the highest level since 1996, and the United States solidified its position as the world's biggest arms dealer, according to an authoritative government report. The report by Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, showed that American contractors sold nearly $11.8 billion in weapons in 1999 — more than a third of the world's total and more than all European... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

21 August 2000

Yahoo News

Puerto Rico has never had a Columbine-type tragedy, but all the ingredients are present in a dangerous, combustible mixture: troubled teens and plenty of illegal guns. Another near miss occurred just days ago when a 10th grader at a high school in Loiza, a coastal town east of San Juan, fired at an 11th grader after a confrontation about some students throwing water or pebbles or paper wads (these were among the conflicting accounts) at some other students from an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2000

Minnesota Daily

MINNEAPOLIS — In 1994 Congress passed a bill calling for waiting periods on the purchase of handguns. The Brady Bill was aptly named for former press secretary James Brady, who was shot and subsequently paralyzed during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Brady's tragic injury made him a figurehead for his wife and other anti-gun lobbyists to push the bill through, despite National Rifle Association protests. The bill itself calls for a five-day... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2000

Christian Science Monitor, Editorial

A number of Democrats served notice during their convention that one issue they'd be targeting this fall is gun control. Indeed, they seemed downright confident they'd hit the bull's eye. After all, their opponent is a governor who signed laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons, even into hospitals and churches. He also backed a law preventing any cities in Texas from joining in lawsuits against gun manufacturers. And his running mate? Well, Dick Cheney during... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2000

Christian Science Monitor, Opinion

There are a lot of bad things that can happen with guns, and guns can make it easier for such things to happen. But guns can also prevent dangerous situations and make it easier for people to defend themselves. That's the story that's not being told. No matter what one's views are on the issue of gun control, one issue in the debate concerns us all: Will allowing law-abiding citizens to own guns or carry concealed handguns, on net, save lives? The answer is yes, it... (GunPolicy.org)

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