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Gun Policy News, 21 August 2002

United States

21 August 2002

ABC News (USA)

War can be hell. But training for one — or even finding soldiers to fill the ranks — shouldn't have to be. At least, not according to the U.S. Army. For decades, the various branches of the U.S. military have been using high-tech training tools of one sort or another. Sophisticated flight simulators that mirror actual flying conditions have been used by the Air Force since the beginning of World War II. But as the military turns to more exotic and expensive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan

21 August 2002

Associated Press

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Bulgaria has donated a large number of weapons and ammunition to the Afghan National Army, an example of the international community's commitment to help the country, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. The donation, to be used for training and equipping the new army, included 400 AK-47 rifles, 8 82-mm mortars, 12 SPG-9 anti-tank missile launchers, 15 RPG-7 launchers, 8 PKM machine guns and 30 radio sets, said Col. Roger King at Bagram air... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2002

Chicago Sun-Times

In the late 1980s, Dr. Gary Slutkin was at the forefront of the fight against AIDS in Africa. He later worked to eradicate a tuberculosis outbreak in San Francisco. Now he's attacking gun crime in Chicago as a disease. In 1995, Slutkin founded the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, which aims to prevent shootings in 10 neighborhoods. He said its strategy — declaring neighborhoods "CeaseFire" zones and putting outreach workers in the violence-plagued areas —... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

21 August 2002

Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — Long regarded as a no man's land of pirates, smugglers and Muslim guerrillas, Jolo island was enjoying a respite from chaos and conflict, its markets bulging with a bumper farm harvest. But the relative calm was shattered by the mass abduction of eight people selling cosmetics and other products door to door on Tuesday. The attack, by suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas on the outskirts of the tiny town of Patikul, is a painful reminder that while... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

21 August 2002

Herald Express (UK)

Police in South Devon today repeated calls for youngsters to stop "playing" with ball bearing guns. The latest warning comes after a Torquay boy almost lost an eye when he was fired at. He was one of three teenagers shot by a youth firing one of the weapons in a Torquay street. A police spokesman said: "In this case, fortunately no one was seriously hurt. However there is the potential for serious injury to be caused. "Pranks can and do go wrong and these are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2002

Boston Herald

Republican Mitt Romney and running mate Kerry Healey rolled out a crime-fighting plan yesterday that would lock up dangerous sexual predators "forever," take away judges' lifetime appointments and reinstate the death penalty. But Democrats immediately seized on Romney's plan as a complete flop since it failed to address the recent spike in urban gun violence. "Somebody ought to call 911 and report this document for impersonating a crime plan," said Paul Wingle, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2002

Advocate (Louisiana)

The number of illegal guns seized from criminals in East Baton Rouge Parish has dropped each year since 1998, a federal law-enforcement agent said Tuesday. About 1,300 guns were seized at crime scenes and from criminals in 1998, with the number dropping to 700 guns seized in 2001, said Jerry Dennis, resident agent in charge of the Baton Rouge office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In 1999, the number of guns seized was 1,100, and in 2000, the number was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, a conservative Republican perhaps best known for his attempts to drive President Clinton out of the White House, conceded shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday to fellow Republican Rep. John Linder in their primary election contest to represent the 7th Congressional District. The Associated Press declared Linder the winner shortly after 10 p.m. The lopsided results marked the end of a sometimes slapstick race characterized by insults, one-liners, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 August 2002

New York Post, Editorial

Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is considering whether to allow Virginians who are lawfully entitled to carry concealed weapons — and who, in order to get their permits, have already undergone both extensive background checks as well as gun-safety courses — to do so in state parks. Currently, it is unlawful even for those who are entitled to carry concealed weapons to carry them into state parks. Gun control special-interest groups and the state's Department... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 August 2002

Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 12-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was shot in the head, and police have charged a 15-year-old boy with involuntary manslaughter. Lamont Goodman was found in an upstairs bedroom of a townhouse in the 600 block of Governors Way after police received a 911 call around 2:35 p.m., police said. He died late Tuesday afternoon at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, said police spokesman Mike Carey. The 15-year-old also was charged with reckless... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

21 August 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Tari in Southern Highlands Province is under siege by a self-styled "army" calling themselves the "Hela Force". The "army" is in control of Tari township and locals are fearful of them. Mathew Mapiria, the peace and good order committee chairman for Komo/Magarima, Tari/ Pori and Koroba/ Kopiago said members of this self-styled force dress themselves in military fatigues and roam the streets of Mendi fully armed. "We don't know who they are, who sent them or who they... (GunPolicy.org)

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