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Gun Policy News, 17 June 2007

United States

17 June 2007

Sunday Times (UK)

NEW YORK — It started as a small group of American mayors worried about gun violence. It has since grown into a vociferous national organisation that has challenged the powerful US gun lobby and boosted speculation about the presidential prospects of Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York. The latest recruit to Bloomberg's coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns is Patricia Tucker, the widow of a North Carolina sheriff who was shot in the face by a teenager on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 June 2007

Chicago Tribune

Perched on BMX bicycles in their South Side neighborhood, Kenneth Brown and Vincent Richardson felt perfectly safe Saturday morning, thanks to dozens of police officers and community activists filling the street for an anti-violence march. It was an unusual sense of security. The boys — 12 and 13, respectively — said they normally stay inside with their video games to avoid the gangs and gunfire that are an all-too-common affliction where they live in Burnside. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

17 June 2007

Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

IMPHAL — Death can come in any form and it always create a fear psychosis since it is the end of a life. When a person dies due to prolonged illness, there is still time to spend some time together. But when a bullet kills, a precious life ends abruptly. Remembering the abruptness with which her husband's life was ended, Ngangom Jamuna, 35, said, "The lost of a husband and a father cannot be compensated in any way. I have experienced that lost and all I want to say... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 June 2007

New York Times, Editorial

It should not require the shedding of innocent blood to shame Congress into showing the spine to take on the gun lobby, but that seems like a good description of the sorry state of affairs on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers appear to be on their way to fixing one glaring flaw in the law-enforcement system as a direct response to the massacre at Virginia Tech. But another change that is vital to public safety is facing heated resistance from opponents of gun control who seem to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 June 2007

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Who says gun control is dead in the United States? As Wednesday's passage in the House of what could be the first major federal gun-control law in a decade proves, it is still possible to limit weapons sales in this country — as long as the National Rifle Assn. supports the bill, it doesn't actually put any new restrictions on who can buy guns and it comes in the wake of the deadliest shooting spree in modern U.S. history. The House bill targets flaws in the federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 June 2007

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The smoke has cleared. The funerals have been held. The bodies have been buried. And yes, Virginia, there is a silver lining to the deadliest massacre in modern U.S. history. Last week the House voted to help states streamline reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is used to check the eligibility of persons who want to purchase firearms. The bill will assure better enforcement of a federal law that prevents certain criminals,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Australia

17 June 2007

Courier-Mail (Brisbane) / AAP

A gold-plated assault rifle, once carried by one of the late Saddam Hussein's palace guards, will go on display at the Australian War Memorial. The eye-catching weapon was today handed by army deputy chief Major General John Cantwell to war memorial assistant director Nola Anderson today for permanent display in the new post-1945 gallery. War Memorial senior curator Nick Fletcher said this is a fully functional Iraqi-manufactured Tabuk, a version of the ubiquitous... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

17 June 2007

New York Times / Reuters

MELBOURNE — A man dragged a woman from a taxi by the hair and opened fire with a handgun when three people came to her aid on Monday, killing one person and wounding two in the Australian city of Melbourne, police and witnesses said. Police were hunting the gunman who fled on foot after the morning rush hour shooting. "There is a large police operation underway in the Melbourne CBD (central business district) as we speak to try and apprehend the offender," Inspector... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 June 2007

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

There once was a pig named Fred who came to a very bad end in Alabama, as I suppose all pigs in Alabama do. Fred was 6 weeks old when he was purchased by farmer Phil Blissitt in 2004 and given as a Christmas gift to his wife, Rhonda. This brings us to the first of this story's many truisms: Christmas sucks in Alabama. For 2½ years, Fred was a happy pig. He would play with the Blissitts' grandchildren and the family Chihuahua. Fred liked sweet potatoes, according to an... (GunPolicy.org)

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