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Gun Policy News, 27 April 2002

Germany

27 April 2002

BBC News

With 7.2 million weapons in circulation it is not difficult for young people to arm themselves. Erfurt-based Thueringer Allgemeine Zeitung The paper blames violence on television and computer games for the massacre in which 17 died. It describes the shooting as a wake-up call and warning sign for German society and politicians. Parents as well as politicians have failed, it says. Gun Culture The Erfurt-based Thueringer Allgemeine Zeitung, in a commentary entitled... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

27 April 2002

Associated Press

SUHL, Germany — German rifle clubs abandoned a nationwide meet Saturday after an expelled student fatally shot 16 people and himself in a high school, but members insisted their sport should not be blamed for breeding a killer. Organizers called off a day of target shooting and a parade in this east German city, located just 30 miles from Erfurt, where a 19-year-old went on a rampage Friday. We couldn't go on here while people in Erfurt are mourning, said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 April 2002

British Medical Journal, Editorial

Physicians throughout the world bear witness to the terrible consequences of small arms. But do we truly understand the impact and the epidemiology of the small arms pandemic, and can we devise effective strategies for prevention as we have for other major public health issues? The capacity for collecting consistent, reliable, and relevant data is limited by various cultural, economic, infrastructural, and logistic factors even in developed countries not at war.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 April 2002

Tampa Tribune (Florida)

L AND O' LAKES — These are heady times for the National Rifle Association, despite its continued status as the most politically incorrect dues-paying group in the Western world. As the NRA gathers for its annual banquet in Reno, Nev., it finds itself freshly energized on any number of fronts. Membership? That's up, surging past 4.2 million members, headed potentially, for historic highs by the end of the year. Five million is the goal, says Beacon Woods Second... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

27 April 2002

Associated Press

ERFURT, Germany — Life came to an eerie standstill in this eastern German town Saturday as stunned residents came to grips with an unprecedented massacre by a disgruntled teen who burst into his former school and shot 16 people to death before turning his gun on himself. Robert Steinhaeuser, who apparently harbored deep rage after being expelled, shot as many teachers as he could find on Friday as he marched down the halls of the Johann Gutenberg Gymnasium school in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

27 April 2002

Reuters

ERFURT, Germany — A student responsible for Germany's worst post-war massacre was a gun club marksman who shot many of his 16 victims in the head at close range before an unarmed teacher stopped him, police said on Saturday. Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, ran amok in his former school on Friday, firing 40 rounds from a pistol in a 20-minute frenzy of revenge for being expelled, before killing himself. He was also carrying a legally owned pump-action shotgun, but did not... (GunPolicy.org)

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