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Gun Policy News, 29 August 2001


29 August 2001

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

A Beausejour-area teenager who took a shotgun to school last September may be allowed to return to class later this year. "We're meeting to take a look at what we can do for him," said Agassiz School Division Supt. Waldo Klassen. "They're talking about what can be done as far as providing education, but the details have yet to be worked out." Packing Shotgun The teen-a former student at Edward Schreyer School-showed up for a drivers' education class packing a... (

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United States

29 August 2001

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Opinion

Should you ask your neighbors if they own a gun? Recently, a massive advertising and letter-writing campaign tried to persuade parents to do just that. Sponsored by ASK (Asking Saves Kids), an umbrella organization for groups including the National Education Association, the Children's Defense Fund and Physicians for Social Responsibility, the campaign's eye-catching ads pictured a young girl wearing a flak jacket and warned parents against letting their children play... (

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United States

29 August 2001

San Jose Mercury News (California), Editorial

IN a game of Please the Governor, the sponsors of a modest handgun control legislation have been bending over backward to do what they guess the governor wants. Gray Davis' passive aggression has worked. Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Kevin Shelley, D-San Francisco, have weakened their nearly identical legislation. The bills are still worth passing, but Shelley and Scott have compromised enough. Whittling the bills down further would turn them into... (

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29 August 2001


DHAKA — Bangladesh's caretaker government tightened up controls on firearms on Wednesday in a bid to ensure an October 1 parliamentary election is free and peaceful. The government canceled all gun licenses issued since January and ordered the owners to surrender their weapons to authorities immediately. The move followed allegations made by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that most of the licenses had been issued to activists from its main rival, the Awami... (

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United States

29 August 2001

National Review (USA), Opinion

It should come as no surprise to most readers that "objective" government studies are often anything but. In fact, the game is an old one: If you put the right people on a panel, and ask them the right questions, you can pretty well be assured of getting the answers you want. That appears to be what is going on with a Clinton administration-inspired National Academy of Sciences study bearing the innocuous title of "Improving Research Information and Data on Firearms,"... (

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United Kingdom

29 August 2001

BBC News

Armed police officers will be moved to targeted locations in the West Midlands as part of a police operation to reduce gun crime. The plan is part of Operation Ventara which focuses on armed robberies and gang-related shootings. The deployment of officers was revealed by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Sir Edward Crew on Wednesday. It follows a rise in the number of incidents involving guns from 125 last year to more than 50 already this year. 'Significant... (

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