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Gun Policy News, 10 June 2006

Yemen

10 June 2006

IRIN (UN News)

SANAA — "I have cannons, missiles, Kalashnikovs, anti-aircraft guns and hand grenades," said community leader Mohammad Naji, sitting cross-legged in his house in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. "This is a part of our culture, and a tribesman can give up everything except his gun." Though not everyone in Yemen has an arms cache the size of Naji's, almost every household has at least one gun. Arms possession is particularly common in the north and northwest of the country.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

10 June 2006

Hamilton Spectator (Ontario), Column

You have to hand it to the federal Conservative government spin doctors. They would have us believe that Stephen Harper's government is big on fighting crime. So why, then, is the government ignoring the protests of police organizations across the country by announcing an amnesty on long gun registration and licensing renewals, a waiving of long gun-owner licensing fees, and a promise to introduce legislation to scrap the highly successful long gun registry? Think... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

10 June 2006

Associated Press

Mikhail Kalashnikov says he designed the assault rifle that bears his name to fend off the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Six decades later, he laments its transformation into the worldwide weapon of choice for many terrorists and gangsters. "Whenever I look at TV and I see the weapon I invented to defend my motherland in the hands of these bin Ladens I ask myself the same question: How did it get into their hands'?" the 86-year-old Russian gun maker says. "I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

10 June 2006

Gun Week (USA)

In recent years the terms "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" seem to be used interchangeably, the difference for diplomats at the United Nations (UN) seems to be whether or not the diplomats can officially call it one or the other. They like to avoid the term genocide because it seems to carry an extra measure of opprobrium that offends the governments engaged in such mass murders. Whatever you call it, the government-sponsored murder of thousands or even millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

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