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Gun Policy News, 30 April 2002

United Kingdom

30 April 2002

Telegraph (UK)

A boy fired an air rifle at a friend believing it would sting or stun him. Instead, the pellet lodged in Matthew Sheffield's brain and he died the following day. The boys, both 14, were among a group of friends aiming at targets with the .22 air rifle at the home of the boy who fired the gun, Teeside Crown Court was told. Matthews was running in the garden when the other boy, who was in the loft, aimed the gun at him and fired. "You will wonder how it came that this... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors from the South aligned themselves Monday with Georgia Sen. Zell Miller's call for Democrats to be more sympathetic and supportive of people who own guns. It's a rite of passage, Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said. We like to hunt. There was a perception in the last election with Vice President Gore that he was out of step with what most of us thought of that issue, Barnes said. The Democrats intraparty divide on guns surfaced Saturday... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 April 2002

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

The Tasmanian Government would consider any national move to strengthen gun laws, Premier Jim Bacon said yesterday. Responding to calls for tighter controls on hand guns, Mr Bacon said if improvements to gun laws were proposed at the Police Ministers Conference in Darwin next month, they would be considered by State Cabinet. We have no intention of watering down gun laws in Tasmania, Mr Bacon said. The Tasmanian Government has been part of a national approach to gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Plain Dealer (Ohio), Editorial

There are certain lessons in murder that cannot be ignored. Namely this: Once a committed individual, group or nation decides that murder is an objective worth pursuing, then taking a life is only a little more difficult than taking a breath. Germany today grieves the loss of its blissful post-war ignorance. It is coming to grips with the painful realization that its domestic security was an illusion based on the false assumption that "American-style" violence could be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Wall Street Journal, Opinion

Sixteen people were killed during Friday's school shooting in Germany. This follows the killing of 14 regional legislators in Zug, a Swiss canton, last September, and the massacre of eight city council members in a Paris suburb last month. The three worst public shootings in the Western world during the past year all occurred in Europe, whose gun laws are exactly what gun-control advocates want the U.S. to adopt. Indeed, all three occurred in gun-free safe... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

Politics does have its delicious moments and one of them is looming: State Sen. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, is finally going to have to come out of the closet and declare where she stands in regard to a responsible bill authorizing citizens to carry concealed weapons. The fact that Musgrave's vote is in doubt will surprise many voters familiar with her noisy Get out of Dodge pro-gun rhetoric. But in the past, she consistently cooperated with anti-gun liberals in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Wired

RENO, Nevada — Maybe it'll know your fingerprints. Or you'll wear a magnetic ring with a pulse that can decode a trigger lock. Or, in some of the more fanciful conjectures, a sensor would be capable of recognizing the unique way you grip the handle. The aim is the most significant proposed innovation in firearm technology in decades, a gun that knows and performs only for its owner. But at the National Rifle Association's 131st annual convention last weekend, mere... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

30 April 2002

Guardian (UK)

Police carrying machine-guns and pistols were patrolling the streets of Manchester yesterday after a series of gangland killings and incidents where unarmed officers were threatened at gunpoint. The patrols began after four unarmed officers were confronted by gunmen during the last six weeks. It is the first time armed officers have patrolled south Manchester on foot. There have also been three shootings in the area during April — one of which was fatal. Aeon... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Fox News (USA), Opinion

It is rare for a prestigious institution to nakedly compromise its research integrity to promote a political agenda. Yet this is what the Harvard School of Public Health did April 17 when it issued an anti-gun press release trumpeting its recent study on the murder of women. The first line of the release states 70 percent of all women killed in industrialized nations are American. The second line reads, Link between household firearm ownership levels and female... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

30 April 2002

Deutsche Welle Radio

In the aftermath of one of the world's bloodiest school rampages, German politicians have vowed to re-evaluate the country's gun laws. Whether tighter legislation would have prevented anything is in doubt. Around the same time a 19-year-old student began a bloody rampage through his Erfurt school on Friday, Germany's parliamentarians began debating a new bill that would tighten the country's already strict gun laws. Within minutes, Robert Steinhaeuser killed 16... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

30 April 2002

CNN

ERFURT, Germany — An expelled student who killed 16 others and himself at his former high school in Germany may have planned the massacre up to a year beforehand. Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, shot dead 13 teachers, two pupils and a police officer at Erfurt's Johann Gutenberg high school before killing himself on Friday, six months after the school expelled him. A loner who trained to become a marksman at two gun clubs, the troubled youth never got the chance to retake a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Federal, state and local prosecutors Monday announced a joint task force that hopes to slam gun law violators with serious prison time. But in announcing the cooperative initiative, the prosecutors were careful to distance the program, which primarily targets gun-wielding felons, from gun control in general. This project is about gun-law violators, said U.S. Attorney for Utah Paul Warner. It is not anti-gun. We stand directly behind the Second Amendment [right to bear... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 April 2002

Sacramento Bee (California)

Guns are a part of peace officers lives even after their shifts end most carry weapons off-duty as well. I've never had a situation that required an off-duty use of the weapon, but it's always a comfortable position to be in to have one, Modesto Police Sgt. Ed Steele said. Though businesses have the right to prohibit concealed weapons, no matter who is carrying them, a bill pending in the Assembly would change that. The proposal would let off-duty and retired... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Australia's gun laws may be made tougher, Prime Minister John Howard has said. Asked if Australia needed tighter, tougher gun laws, Mr Howard replied: We might. We need fewer guns, he told the Nine Network this morning. Whether that is through laws in relation to guns or something is a question. But I am examining this to see if there is anything further that the federal Government can do. Calls for a further toughening of gun laws have followed last week's school... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa

30 April 2002

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

BAMAKO — Most small arms trafficking in West Africa involves recycling where dealers move the same weapons from one place to another, a regional expert said. Several countries have become either providers or recipients of such arms. The region has about 80 million illegal arms in the hands of non-state actors, Napoleon Abdulai of the United Nations project against illicit arms trafficking in West Africa, based in Mali's capital, Bamako, told IRIN. These actors... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

30 April 2002

Associated Press

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnians struggled Tuesday to comprehend how a 17-year-old known as a gentle boy could kill a teacher, wound another and take his own life in the country's first school shooting. All residents are in shock today, said Ostoja Dragutinovic, the mayor of the remote eastern town of Vlasenica, 30 miles northeast of Sarajevo, where Dragoslav Petkovic opened fire Monday in front of 30 terrified students. Using his father's 7.65-mm handgun,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

30 April 2002

Reuters

BERLIN — Germany took further steps on Tuesday to tighten gun laws after 17 people died in a school massacre, but weapons experts said they doubted legal restrictions would prevent the possibility of another bloodbath. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for a meeting of the country's 16 state premiers on May 6 in Berlin to discuss a further clampdown on gunholders in response to Friday's slaying in the eastern town of Erfurt by a teenage student. Leaders from all... (GunPolicy.org)

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