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Gun Policy News, 14 February 2006

United States

14 February 2006

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The White House sought with little success on Monday to quell an uproar over why it took the better part of a day to disclose that Vice President Dick Cheney had accidentally wounded a fellow hunter in Texas on Saturday and why even President Bush initially got an incomplete report on the shooting. The victim, Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old lawyer, was transferred from the intensive care unit to a private room in a Corpus Christi hospital on Monday. He... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

The House of Delegates voted 88-11 yesterday to limit what pediatricians can ask patients about firearms in their homes. The bill would apply to doctors conducting routine screenings of patients for risks. The physicians would be prevented from asking about firearms if the information is not related to a complaint made by the patient or related to any other patient inquiry. Doctors who violate the provision could be accused of unprofessional conduct and be declared in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Editorial

Lawmakers are pushing a slew of gun bills this session with the goal of making it easier to own, carry and use a gun in Georgia, even in the Capitol itself. Apparently, these legislators come from hellish corners of the state where it's dangerous to drive to the Piggly Wiggly without a pistol propped on your lap. If you believe the outlandish rhetoric at the Legislature, high school graduates in the state ought to be issued Glocks at graduation because they won't be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 February 2006

ABC News (Australia)

A doctor facing weapons charges after a police and customs raid last year at Innisfail, in far north Queensland, has been remanded in custody to appear in the Magistrates Court again in two months. Fifty-one firearms, including automatic assault rifles, sub-machine guns and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition were seized in the Coquette Point raid last November. John Joe Diplama, 53, was yesterday remanded in custody to appear at District Court committal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Washington Post

It was one of those "everyone's a wise guy" days in Washington yesterday, thanks to Dick Cheney. Quipping at the vice president's expense was like shooting fish, or quail — oh, never mind. It's never a good thing to be a punch line in politics, and the vice president had the field to himself after accidentally shooting his hunting companion, Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, at a Texas ranch late Saturday. The accident left the 78-year-old man seriously injured. He... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Washington Post

How many vice presidents does it take to shoot a 78-year-old Texas lawyer? The answer is only one, and the talk show monologuists will have a merry old time at Vice President Cheney's expense for his hunter's blunder, as will the editorial cartoonists and virtually every human being with an opinion. So there'll be some partisan coup-counting, some journo-sniggering, and probably a news conference with both the vice president and his friend and very lucky victim Harry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

New York Times, Editorial

Let's see. The vice president of the United States accidentally shot someone while bird-hunting on a Texas ranch. It took the White House nearly 24 hours to share that information with the rest of the nation because Dick Cheney thought it would be better for the ranch's owner to give the story to the local newspaper first. And by the way, it was all the victim's fault. That's their story, and they're sticking with it. Mr. Cheney was a weekend guest at a ranch owned by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Los Angeles Times

Once it seemed clear that Austin, Texas, lawyer Harry Whittington would survive getting accidentally shot by Vice President Dick Cheney, the incident became instant fodder for headline writers and comedians. The foreign press zeroed in on the shooting as a metaphor for Cheney's political outlook. The Herald in Scotland wrote, "Cheney Bags a Lawyer," while the Sydney Morning Herald headlined its online story "Cheney Hunts Quail and Everyone Else Ducks." The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia), Editorial

Vice President Dick Cheney's penchant for secrecy helps define this administration, but it's hard to believe that even he thought he could shoot a guy without telling the American people. During a quail hunt on a huge Texas ranch Saturday, Cheney accidentally peppered 78-year-old Harry Whittington with pellets from his bird gun. The prominent Texas lawyer was admitted to intensive care at a local hospital and was said to be resting comfortably. Hunting accidents... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom

14 February 2006

Telegraph (UK), Opinion

If you have never gone hunting in Texas, you may find it odd that the man shot in the face by Vice-President Dick Cheney at the weekend was adjudged to be the guilty party. Katharine Armstrong, the hostess of the hunting weekend, was clear in her own mind that Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old lawyer now resting comfortably in his hospital bed, was the author of his own misfortune. On Saturday evening, Harry broke free from a group of friends to retrieve a downed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Pantagraph (Illinois)

BLOOMINGTON — The hunting accident involving Vice President Dick Cheney may not add ammunition to the debate over guns, but both sides hope the incident helps underscore the need for hunter safety. "Make sure of your target and what is beyond," said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Chatsworth-based Illinois State Rifle Association, quoting an oft-said phrase at hunter safety classes. "It applies to the vice president and everyone on down." "We encourage... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

CNN

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The fellow hunter who was shot and wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney has suffered a "minor heart attack" after a piece of birdshot migrated to his heart, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday. Harry Whittington, 78, is in stable condition in intensive care and will remain hospitalized for up to seven days, hospital officials said. "Some of the birdshot appears to have moved and lodged into part of his heart … in what we would say is a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

14 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Peel Regional police announced this morning that a two-year joint-forces investigation has uncovered dozens of guns used to commit crimes across southern Ontario, including attempted murders and home invasions. The operation, called Project Bluegrass, found a distribution network that delivered guns from the U.S. into the hands of criminals in Ontario, reporters were told at a news conference in Brampton. Many of those guns have been linked to crimes such as attempted... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

One by one, Ken Foster's beloved handguns are being tracked down. Four more of the Oshawa gun collector's prized weapons were seized during a raid Friday at a home in the city's south side, Durham Region police said yesterday. One of the handguns was found stuffed in a flowerpot, police said, and two suspects are in custody. That brings to six the number of handguns police have recovered from the cache of 40 stolen from Foster's home 11 days ago when thieves kicked... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

14 February 2006

Press Association (UK)

The national perception that there is an escalation in gun crime, and the latest shooting of policewoman Rachael Bown, could force the Government to reconsider whether British police officers should be routinely armed. The debate was recently given fresh momentum by the fatal shooting of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, who was gunned down as she responded to a robbery at a travel agents in Bradford last November. In the wake of Pc Beshenivsky's death, the Police Federation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

Salem News (Massachusetts)

When Vice President Dick Cheney inadvertently fired his shotgun at Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, he hit the bull's-eye for every comic and jokester in America. But local hunters and gun experts are more reluctant to go off half-cocked on the Veep. In fact, according to many, there's something to be learned here about gun safety. "Don't shoot your friends," advises occasional hunter Dick Walker. Ranch owner Katharine Armstrong, a witness, told The Associated Press... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

KATU-TV News (Washington)

TACOMA, Washington — A man who tried to stop a shooting rampage at a mall in Tacoma, but ended getting shot five times, is on an incredible road to recovery. "He hit me repeatedly with an assault rifle at point blank range and he blew my spine out," says Dan McKown. You may have heard of McKown, the hero inside the Tacoma Mall who put his life on the line to try to stop a gunman on a shooting spree. Spend a little time with McKown, who does standup comedy, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

San Francisco Chronicle

If Vice President Dick Cheney had followed the protocols taught 12-year-olds in hunter education programs, he never would have shot his pal last weekend while quail hunting, according to hunting safety experts. "That's true," said Il Ling New, the nation's top female firearms instructor. "If they're taught the right things at early ages, then it can become second nature to a kid that's growing up." Cheney shot Austin lawyer Harry Whittington Saturday on a ranch near... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 February 2006

WJRT-TV News (Flint, Michigan)

FLINT Township — Police are looking for a man and woman who robbed a Flint Township sporting goods store with customers inside. They think the couple could be connected to several other gun store robberies throughout the state. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are meeting with police as they try to figure out if the man and woman who stole guns from this store Monday night are responsible for several other gun robberies in the area. Dunham's... (GunPolicy.org)

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