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Gun Policy News, 28 June 2008

United States

28 June 2008

Press-Telegram (California), Editorial

Some of the reaction to the Supreme Court's historic decision on gun control has been extreme, even to the point of laying thousands of future deaths directly at the court's door. More likely, in most places, it will make no immediate difference at all. Long Beach's police chief, Anthony Batts, had it mostly right last week when he said the court's decision wouldn't change much in California. (Actually, it will matter in places like San Francisco, where strict local... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2008

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

'Today I didn't even have to use my AK / I got to say it was a good day' — Ice Cube No one would mistake the Flat Rock area of Powhatan County for South Central Los Angeles. Homicides are a shocking rarity in this slice of rural Virginia, much less those involving an assault rifle. But Powhatan Sheriff Gregory A. Neal said an AK-47 is what killed 18-year-old Tahliek Taliaferro. The AK-47 and its imitators have left a bloody imprint on our culture that extends... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2008

Sydney Morning Herald

NEW YORK, WASHINGTON — A fortnight ago the Mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty, instructed his police to set up roadblocks and search everyone entering the suburb of Trinidad, three kilometres from the White House. There had been 22 murders in Trinidad in the first five months of this year. Most were drive-by shootings associated with the drug trade. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, introduced in 1976, was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2008

Washington Post

The Supreme Court has spoken: Thanks to the court's blockbuster 5 to 4 decision Thursday, Washingtonians now have the right to own a gun for self-defense. I leave the law to lawyers, but the public health lesson is crystal clear: The legal ruling that the District's citizens can keep loaded handguns in their homes doesn't mean that they should. In his majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia explicitly endorsed the wisdom of keeping a handgun in the home for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2008

Washington Post

Walter Robinson was buried yesterday, a week after he died and a day after the Supreme Court ruled that the District's gun ban is unconstitutional. He was 16, and he was shot in the head June 20 in Ward 8, a part of the city where far too many boys have died before reaching adulthood. A student at Ballou High School, he was killed in an apparent accident. The suspect is a 14-year-old friend who appeared yesterday in juvenile court, shackled and in tears as he stood... (GunPolicy.org)

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