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Gun Policy News, 30 August 2007

India

30 August 2007

DaijiWorld / Rediff

NEW DELHI — This news may come shocking. A report released by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies says India is the second most heavily armed country in the world. The United States comes first. With an estimated 46 million firearms outside law-enforcement agencies and the military, India has the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal. But this represents just four guns per 100 people. The United States has 90 guns for every 100... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

30 August 2007

News Yemen

GENEVA — The Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies said in a new Small Arms Survey 2007 released last Tuesday that "Yemen is the second after the United States in the number of armed people". It said that Yemen has 61 guns per 100 people after U.S whose citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms and about 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States. India had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

New York Times, Editorial

As the Army's suicide rate hits record levels in the Iraq war, there's small wonder practically everyone in Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives. Everyone, that is, except Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma. He stands alone in blocking final passage of a suicide prevention bill in fear that the government's record-keeping on troubled vets might somehow crimp their ability to purchase... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

New York Times

RICHMOND, Virginia — A state panel has sharply criticized decisions made by Virginia Tech before and after last April's shooting massacre, saying university officials could have saved lives by notifying students and faculty members earlier about the killings on campus. Because university officials misunderstood federal privacy laws as forbidding any exchange of a student's mental health information, the panel's long-awaited report concludes, they missed numerous... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Tech failed to properly care for a mentally troubled student gunman and waited too long to warn faculty and students after he killed his first two victims in a shooting spree that eventually claimed 31 more lives, including his own, a panel's report concluded. Had university officials not waited more than two hours to tell the campus about the initial shootings, lives could have been saved when Seung-Hui Cho later began his massacre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ohio) / AP

ATLANTA — A federal grand jury has charged eight people in an alleged plot to buy guns in Georgia that later were used in violent crimes in other states. From February to October 2005, the defendants allegedly conspired to give false information for entry into the records of licensed firearms dealers and to resell weapons to convicted felons for a profit, according to an indictment late Tuesday. "Just as drug users need drug dealers, violent criminals need firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iraq,Turkey

30 August 2007

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Weapons that were originally given to Iraqi security forces by the American military have been recovered over the past year by the authorities in Turkey after being used in violent crimes in that country, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The discovery that serial numbers on pistols and other weapons recovered in Turkey matched those distributed to Iraqi police units has prompted growing concern by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that controls on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

Economist

PHILADELPHIA — The American constitution declares that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Nor, it seems, should it be suspended, even for a computer upgrade. At least, that's what many Pennsylvania gunshop-owners and hunters think. State police have been working towards a badly needed upgrade for the old Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) since 2001. The database, which contains criminal and juvenile-delinquency records and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

National Post (Toronto), Opinion

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Days of debate have produced no rational explanation for the Virginia Tech massacre other than the fact the gunman began by placing no value on his own life. Someone who is prepared to die is lethal, as suicide bombers have proven too often. But while government policy throughout the Western world has been turned upside down to combat terrorism, many of us react to the carnage unleashed on Monday by throwing up our hands in despair. That's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

BBC News

Key organisational failures that left Virginia Tech student Seung-hui Cho free to kill 32 people should never be repeated, Virginia's governor has said. Tim Kaine lamented a series of "missed opportunities" that allowed Cho to remain at large despite serious concerns over his mental health. He spoke at the launch of a report that was critical of the emergency response to Cho's April rampage. It says that lives may have been saved if college officials had acted... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

30 August 2007

Sunday Times (Johannesburg) / SAPA

Four months after launching the Azanian People's Organisation's no-guns campaign, party president Mosibudi Mangena still possesses a firearm of his own. Mangena made the admission this week, but said his party colleagues were aware of the fact, and that he intended to get rid of it. He launched the campaign, which called for a ban on civilian ownership of guns, at Kagiso on the West Rand on April 21. "An immediate and important step we can take as a country to reduce... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

30 August 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, has warned MPs against carrying guns to Parliament, saying it is contrary to the procedures. "This practice should stop whether you have a licence or not," he stressed. According to the procedures, all firearms must be deposited at the armouries at the entries. Ssekandi was yesterday responding to Patrick Amuriat's (Kumi county) complaint that some members of the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) at Parliament... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iran

30 August 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

LOS ANGELES — A man pleaded guilty in a scheme to buy submachine guns and sell them to Iranian government officials opposed to that country's current president, court records showed. Under the plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, an Iran-born U.S. citizen living in the San Fernando Valley, acknowledged that he attempted to obtain night-vision goggles and as many as 100,000 Uzis for shipment to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws. He pleaded guilty... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina,Iraq

30 August 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Dnevni Avaz (Sarajevo), Transcript

Dnevni Avaz has learned that Bosnia-Hercegovina police and intelligence agencies have launched an in-depth investigation into the export of Bosnian arms and equipment to Iraq. Several sources have confirmed that the investigation has already led to identifying a certain number of locals and internationals in B-H responsible for oversights in the process of delivering tens of thousands of rifles and hundreds of thousands of bullets to Iraq in 2004-05. GAO Findings ... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 August 2007

Onion (USA) [Satire]

WASHINGTON, DC — A U.S. Department of Education report released Monday reveals that school shootings leave students significantly better prepared for the random gunfire and everyday killing sprees that await them in the larger world. According to the report, students exposed to gunfire during college not only had an easier time finding suitable cover later on in life, but also fared better in a number of high-pressure situations, such as having a rifle cocked to... (GunPolicy.org)

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