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Gun Policy News, 25 June 2006

United Kingdom

25 June 2006

Observer (UK), Opinion

For 12 years, I fought lawlessness as DCI Jane Tennison in the television series Prime Suspect. The crimes I solved on television were sometimes horrific, but I have since discovered that they can pale in comparison with the real-life horrors faced by millions of ordinary people when guns are easily available and fall into the wrong hands. Over the past five years, I have become involved in the Control Arms Campaign, run by Oxfam, Amnesty International and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

25 June 2006

Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

JOHANNESBURG — Shootings, most of them fatal, by hand-held guns and other small arms are the leading cause of non-natural deaths in South Africa, far in excess of road accident fatalities. Every day newspapers carry grisly accounts of four-year-olds accidentally killing someone with their father's gun, of husbands shooting wives and of bank robbers storming shopping malls with AK-47 assault rifles. A recent report by Oxfam estimates that more than 100,000 South... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

25 June 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

The outlines of bodies on the pavement of Queen St. W. made passersby stop and look yesterday. Four "crime scenes" from John St. to Yonge St. were set up by International Action Network on Small Arms Youth Network to raise awareness of gun violence in the world. "It's a reminder that it could happen to any of us at any time," said Christian Pearce, spokesman for IANSA Youth. Pearce is the author of a book on gun culture and violence that will be published in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Timor-Leste

25 June 2006

Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)

At his home yesterday, East Timor's President Xanana Gusmao accepted weapons handed over by civilians. Mr Gusmao said he expected more people to turn in their arms as the political crisis dragged on. The popular president, embroiled in a stand-off with Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri over recent violence, was handed seven rifles by civilians. However, he declined to allow the civilians to be named or be photographed. "The priority of this government is to have all... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

25 June 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario), Editorial

Now that it's officially summer, let's call the mayhem on our streets what it is — The Summer of the Gun, Part II. It's already upon us, just like last year. Unacceptable levels of gun violence are becoming the norm, greeted by our political and chattering classes with a shrug. Is it only during elections — and only in the aftermath of an outrage like the Boxing Day shootings on Yonge St. last year — that politicians will even talk tough about gun crime?... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2006

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana)

Robert Ricker wants people to take a close look at him and not be afraid. "I think they will see that I don't have horns and that kind of thing," he said. Not everyone would agree. Ricker is executive director of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, an organization that stepped under the microscope this past week at the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference in Lake Charles, La. Still in its infancy, Ricker's group says it wants to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2006

Washington Post

They came to talk full metal jackets and velocity in feet per second. They came to see the merchandise, to touch it, to lift it in their hands and, often, to aim it at some invisible target overhead and pretend to shoot. They waited in line yesterday before the doors opened to pay $7 to see the Silverado Gun Show in Frederick. Gun enthusiasts often fume that the anti-gun crowd is forever thinking that firearms themselves are somehow responsible for terrible tragedies,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

25 June 2006

Standard-Times (Massachusetts), Column

The global gun control talks get underway in New York City tomorrow when the United Nations opens a two-week conference where world leaders intend to curb the international arms trade through a binding arms trade treaty. On the surface, it appears to be a treaty among nations to reduce the illegal trafficking of small military arms and light weapons in order to curb civil strife in some countries by establishing general guidelines for the manufacture and import and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2006

Boston Herald

Boston Police displayed a Walther PPK, the pistol made famous by Agent 007 James Bond, in a massive display of firepower netted under the city's gun buyback program, proving that, for now, the former owner's license to kill has been revoked. The initiative has traded 300 Target gift cards for the 382 firearms turned in, some of which did not qualify for the gift card. "We want to get the firearms off our street that are causing the violence, and as you can see on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

25 June 2006

Times Record (Texas)

No — for the bazillionth time — the United Nations is not going to take away everyone's guns on July 4. That's the kind of emphasis U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, has to conjure every so often to dispel yet another rumor that the right to bear arms is under attack by the international agency. "The past several years, I have heard concerns about some effort to go around Congress and use something like a U.N. treaty to have some restriction that cannot be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

25 June 2006

Agence France Presse

LONDON — The most widely used weapon in conflict zones around the world in the next 20 years will be the Kalashnikov assault rifle because its trade is so poorly regulated, arms control campaigners said Monday. The claim, made by Oxfam International, Amnesty International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), is contained in a report issued as a UN conference on small arms and light weaponry opens on Monday. The groups, whose report is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

25 June 2006

Observer (UK)

The staggering number of AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles being imported into Britain has been revealed for the first time by new figures obtained by The Observer. Details of import licences granted by the Department of Trade and Industry between March and June 2005 reveal that arms firms were given approval to import 250,000 automatic weapons, including at least 100,000 AK-47s. Many are believed to have come from the Balkans. AK-47s are not used by the British army... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2006

Charleston Post and Courier (South Carolina)

Many local residents are rightly interested in ongoing debates about roads, schools, drainage, population growth, taxes and proposed smoking bans. But those topics pale to insignificance when contrasted with government's elemental obligation of protecting people from violent crime. And unfortunately, too many Charlestonians are so worried about that basic survival issue that the others seem relatively trivial. Charleston City Council and Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.... (GunPolicy.org)

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