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Gun Policy News, 10 April 2007

United States

10 April 2007

Bloomberg

Suicide, the third-leading cause of death among Americans 15 to 24 years old, is more common in U.S. states with higher rates of gun ownership, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Twice as many people committed suicide from 2000 to 2002 in the 15 states with the highest rates of gun ownership, compared with the six states where guns are least common, according to the study published in the April issue of the Journal of Trauma. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Suicide rates among people of all ages are higher in states where more homes have guns, US researchers reported on Tuesday. Twice as many people committed suicide in the 15 states with the highest levels of household gun ownership, compared with the six states with the lowest levels, even though the population in all the states was about the same, the researchers found. "We found that where there are more guns, there are more suicides," said Matthew... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Washington Post / Health Day News

The presence of guns in homes is strongly associated with higher suicide rates, a new U.S. study found. Harvard School of Public Health researchers analyzed national data and found that states with higher rates of households with guns had significantly higher rates of suicide by men, women and children. In the 15 states with the highest rates of household gun ownership, twice as many people committed suicide than in the six states with the lowest levels of household... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

More than 100 murders so far this year, more than 80 percent of them involving handguns. More than 400 shootings, an average of five a day. A 40 percent increase in homicides since 2002. Almost 85 percent of shooters and victims have criminal records. More than $100 million in hospital charges for assault-related medical care. Not enough jobs or social services, and way too many guns. The litany yesterday became as depressingly numbing — almost — as the sirens... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

10 April 2007

CTV News (Toronto)

The Conservatives are giving hundreds of thousands of long gun owners in Canada a reprieve — exempting them from having to register their firearms for another year, CTV News has learned. The Harper government, which has long been trying to abolish the federal gun registry, says long gun owners now have until May 2008 to register their weapons. The move is being applauded by firearms advocates who have opposed the registry for years. "I think it says that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Southwest Nebrask News

BOSTON, Massachusetts — In the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship between survey measures of household firearm ownership and state level rates of suicide in the U.S., researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that suicide rates among children, women and men of all ages are higher in states where more households have guns. The study appears in the April 2007 issue of The Journal of Trauma. "We found that where there... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Associated Press

A fifth woman was added Tuesday to the roster of witnesses who will be allowed to testify that music producer Phil Spector pulled guns on them and threatened them in the past. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler rejected defense arguments that the evidence is too old to be relevant to the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson and is cumulative when added to the testimony of the four other women. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson argued that the evidence is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2007

Albany Times-Union (New York), Editorial

Say this much for Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and his concern about gun crime. He's as well-intentioned as he is understandably frustrated, even if the gun registry he was proposing last week was ill-conceived and poorly researched to the point of being superfluous. And, by week's end, Mr. Jennings was in full and not ungracious retreat, hardly the most common of sights coming out of City Hall. The kind of law he was suggesting is going nowhere. It might even be said... (GunPolicy.org)

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