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Gun Policy News, 11 August 2002

Iraq

11 August 2002

Associated Press

Firing pistols and AK-47s while studying Islam and history — "Saddam's Cubs" have swapped soccer clubs for military camps this summer in readiness to defend Iraq, they say, from "our enemies." "We are sharp swords in the hand of President Saddam Hussein to be used to fight our enemies," 14-year-old Mustafa Amir told The Associated Press on Sunday. Amir is one of 1,800 boys aged between 13 and 16 undergoing three weeks training at "Saddam's Cubs Training Camp" in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

11 August 2002

Independent (UK)

Police chiefs have launched a major investigation into soaring levels of gun crimes after Home Office figures showed a 40 per cent increase in firearms offences since 1997. The Association of Chief Police Officers has set up a new working group to look into the problem. There is particular concern about the rise in so-called gangland shootings and drive-by attacks. A 21-year-old man was shot at point-blank range last month, outside the celebrity haunt Browns nightclub... (GunPolicy.org)

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Trinidad & Tobago

11 August 2002

Reuters

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A spate of kidnappings for profit, common in neighboring Latin America, but until now rare in the Caribbean, has sent a tremor through the business community in energy-rich Trinidad and Tobago. Fifteen kidnappings, most aimed at business owners and their families, have been carried out in the twin-island republic in less than eight months this year, more than doubling the seven recorded in all of 2001, police say. The abduction spree has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 August 2002

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Improvements in emergency care over the past 40 years have helped to dramatically lower the death rate among assault victims by nearly 70 percent and, in the process, decrease the murder rate in the United States, according to a new study. "People who would have ended up in morgues 20 years ago, are now simply treated and released by a hospital, often in a matter of a few days," said Anthony R. Harris, a sociology professor at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 August 2002

Courier-Journal (Kentucky), Editorial

The basic contortion of the Bush administration is to remain hard-line conservative while appearing to be compassionate and progressive. As a result, the President and his associates tie themselves in knots. Republicans want Bill Clinton to be remembered for a semen-stained dress. But the enduring symbol of the Bush administration should be a pretzel. No better example can be cited than Attorney General John Ashcroft's awkward bending and reaching on the issue of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

11 August 2002

Scotland on Sunday

The handgun ban imposed in the wake of the Dunblane massacre is being reviewed by the government to improve Britain's medal prospects at international pistol-shooting competitions. New rules which would put hundreds of pistols back in the hands of marksmen are being considered just six years after the tragedy in which 16 schoolchildren and their teacher were murdered by gunman Thomas Hamilton. The highly controversial move follows a 'one-off' relaxation of the ban —... (GunPolicy.org)

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