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Gun Policy News, 18 October 2002

Mexico

18 October 2002

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — When Digna Ochoa was found dead on the floor of her Mexico City office a year ago, the only question for human rights groups was which of her enemies in the army, the government or the timber industry had silenced her. But the life of the 38-year-old human rights attorney was anything but simple and the investigation into her death has been far from open-and-shut. The chief investigator on the case was forced to resign after he concluded Ochoa shot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

News & Observer (North Carolina)

RALEIGH — A week before Richard Borrelli Anderson walked onto a tennis court at N.C. State University and pumped four shots into his former tennis partner, he applied for five handgun permits at the Wake County Sheriff's Office. He got the permit Saturday, the same day he used a 10 mm Glock to shoot Lili Wang, 31, a fellow computer science graduate student at NCSU's College of Engineering, in the head and knee, police said. Anderson then turned the gun on himself.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Washington Post, Editorial

With a serial sniper at large, should candidates refrain from discussing their records on gun control? Well before the terror began, guns were an issue in the Maryland gubernatorial campaign, particularly after Republican candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said last month that he would "review" the state's gun laws if he were elected. When the terrible string of shootings started, Mr. Ehrlich began issuing "clarifications," saying that some laws might need toughening.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said yesterday that she would seek legislation to expand Maryland's ballistic fingerprinting program to include regulated legal assault rifles, her first specific pledge to toughen the state's gun-control laws. "We need to do ballistic testing on all assault weapons and automatic weapons," Townsend told a meeting of The Sun's editorial board, saying she was responding to the series of sniper shootings in the Washington suburbs. Also... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Associated Press

DENVER — Rep. Tom Tancredo, who said he would no longer accept contributions from gun-rights groups after the shootings at Columbine High School, which is in his district, has received $1,500 from the National Rifle Association. The donation arrived five days before Tancredo announced Sept. 25 he was abandoning his long-standing term-limits pledge, a move that drew blistering criticism from his former allies in the term-limits movement. Tancredo, running for his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

The day I went to see Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Bowling for Columbine," the Washington, D.C. beltway sniper had killed his eighth victim and left two others wounded. Moore's film was promoted as being about violence in America, and I went hoping to learn something relevant about our national slaughter in general and mass murderers like the beltway sniper in particular. The title of this film refers to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. where two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

18 October 2002

Kyodo News

TOKYO — Ten years on since their 16-year-old son was shot dead while studying in the United States as a high school exchange student, the parents of Yoshihiro Hattori from Aichi Prefecture are still campaigning for gun control. Hattori's mother Mieko, 54, and father Masaichi, 55, traveled to the U.S. for two weeks in late September. In addition to visiting Baton Rouge in Louisiana where their son was killed, they also visited a high school in Minnesota which... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Washington Post, Opinion

We're in a war on terrorism and there's a chilling shooting spree in the Washington suburbs. Shouldn't that be enough to encourage our leaders — and especially our president — to overcome the power of ideology and political interest groups? Apparently not. Where money, guns and the religious right are concerned, the interest groups hold the trump cards and ideology triumphs over realism. Let's begin with a small but indicative controversy about money, brought to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

New York Times

WASHINGTON — After three weeks of silence as a sniper stalked the Washington suburbs, the head of the gun lobby today dismissed talk of a ballistic fingerprinting system as a "technical fantasy" and predicted that Congress would enact no new legislation in response to the killings. Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, said in an interview that he did not expect the sniper to alter the politics of gun control. "With every tragedy that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

A Dana Point man accused of wounding his 8-year-old daughter by accidentally firing his shotgun pleaded not guilty Thursday in a case that has ignited a debate about how far prosecutors should go in punishing parents in gun accidents. Jeffrey A. West, who entered the plea in a Laguna Niguel courtroom, faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of a felony child-endangerment charge that was enhanced with an additional count that he inflicted great bodily harm upon... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Boston Globe

A sniper is shooting up the D.C. suburbs. Useless fear has gripped Americans. No news story sells more than when the bull's-eye looms indiscriminately over parts of the nation we have cordoned off as safe, painted in our head as a pristine pastel. Nothing sells more when Americans can identify with that poor woman in the Home Depot parking lot, just trying to load some shelves for her new house into her car, when a bullet from nowhere takes her life. The maddening part... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 October 2002

Advertiser (Adelaide)

ABOUT 300 people who own firearms in South Australia fail to renew their licences each month. In the past three years 10,000 licences have lapsed in SA, with firearms still registered to them, according to figures provided to Parliament by Police Minister Patrick Conlon. Some 1553 unlicensed firearms were seized in the past year as a result of police investigations, Mr Conlon revealed in a reply to a question from Democrats MLC Ian Gilfillan. "Investigation and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

San Francisco Chronicle, Film review

Bowling For Columbine: Documentary. Directed by Michael Moore. (R. 119 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.) "Bowling for Columbine" takes a critical look at gun ownership in the United States, but it expands the debate so much — and so well, thanks to Michael Moore's daring interviews, indelible humor and unflinching eye for detail — that the documentary reaches an exalted level of filmmaking. It explains the very fabric of American society. "Bowling for Columbine"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Times (New York State)

HAMMOND, Indiana — A former Munster teacher is claiming the National Rifle Association defamed her in a newsletter criticizing student essays written by her students. Julie Akers, who taught fourth grade at James B. Eads Elementary until this fall, is seeking unspecified damages against the Fairfax, Va., organization in a lawsuit originally filed in Lake Superior Court and transferred recently to U.S. District Court. Neither Akers, who has moved to Evanston, Ill.;... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Washington Post, Opinion

It's ironic that, for someone taking American gun mania to task, Michael Moore fires rather disingenuously from the hip. "Bowling for Columbine," the documentarian-provocateur's broadside against America's twilight-zone attachment to violence, is a prolonged stream-of-consciousness riff that takes us from the Columbine massacre to the attacks on the World Trade Center, stopping off at the home of NRA President Charlton Heston, James Nichols's farm (he's the brother of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

Washington Post, Opinion

Since his 1989 debut with "Roger & Me," Michael Moore — gadfly, provocateur, muckraker, authority-questioner — has perfected what some might call an art, others a shtick. Posing as a latter-day Candide, naively bumbling around America's hinterland to uncover the depredations of crony capitalism, he has entertained a devoted audience with mocking portraits of the corporate class, all the time casting himself as the noble voice of pure reason. In "Roger & Me," he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 October 2002

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The sniper shootings in the suburbs of Washington have produced an intense debate over whether the government should create a nationwide database of ballistic fingerprints, electronic images of the unique markings that every gun makes on the bullet it fires and the shell ejected from it. While the debate, like many gun issues, is clouded by ideology, much of the argument is over how well such a system would work. Firearms experts say a national database... (GunPolicy.org)

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