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Gun Policy News, 29 June 2008

United States

29 June 2008

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

This year, about 12,000 Americans will be shot to death. It's a staggering figure, and even though lawmakers have continued to pass gun-control laws to try to bring the number down, they have not significantly reduced the murder rate. Indeed, for the last decade, guns have steadily remained the cause of about two-thirds of all homicides. Gun manufacturers insist that these deaths are not their fault, preferring to pin the blame on criminals and irresponsible dealers.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Boston Globe, Column

When it comes to gun control, the Democratic Party is a house divided against itself. That helps explain Barack Obama's dizzyingly inconsistent positions on District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark Second Amendment case decided by the Supreme Court last week. As a candidate for the Illinois Legislature in the 1990s, Obama had supported legislation to "ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns," so it wasn't surprising that he endorsed the gun ban being... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — A stroke victim who had gone outside in his wheelchair to get some fresh air at the urging of relatives was struck and killed by a drug dealer's stray bullet, police said. Two men were arrested Saturday after one of them turned himself in and provided information about the shooting the night before. The men, 26 and 27, have not been formally charged in the death of Daniel Lewis. "It's a tragedy, a man minding his own business," said Mayor Frank Jackson.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

29 June 2008

New York Times

Lurking behind the Supreme Court's ruling last week that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms were a series of fascinating, disputed and now in many ways irrelevant questions. Do gun control laws reduce crime? Do they save lives? Is it possible they even cost lives? Justice Stephen G. Breyer, one of the dissenters in the 5-to-4 decision, surveyed a quite substantial body of empirical research on whether gun control laws do any good. Then he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Capital (Maryland), Editorial

We have long supported reasonable gun control. There's nothing wrong in principle with licensing and registration. Government has an obligation to keep guns out of the grasp of felons and the mentally ill. And just as the Constitution's First Amendment free speech protection doesn't confer a right to commit libel or sell pornography, the Second Amendment doesn't confer a right to own an assault weapon — or a howitzer. For all that, we've never bought the argument... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Town Hall (USA), Column

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, pessimistically, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." He would probably not have been surprised to see the proliferation of gun control laws in our time. But he might not have anticipated that the water would run back uphill. Thursday's Supreme Court decision affirming that the Second Amendment recognizes an individual right to own firearms for self-defense was a vindication of those who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mayor Richard Daley and gun control advocates have lined up predicting more innocent lives lost if the city's handgun ban is overturned, but David Sigale isn't buying it. "I don't know for whom the gun ban has made the city safer," said Sigale, one of the attorneys who filed a lawsuit to overturn Chicago's 26-year-old handgun ban just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s gun ban. "It doesn't seem like the gun ban has made the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Arizona Republic, Editorial

Look, a new gun-buyback program Phoenix will probably not result in any perceptible reduction in violent crime in the four south Phoenix neighborhoods where it's being held.If the buyback goes anything like the others across the country over the past decade, middle-age, law-abiding residents will turn in older guns, mostly revolvers, in return for $100 gift cards that can be used in any Bashas' or Food City stores. The AK-47 rifles or the 9mm Glock pistol — weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 June 2008

Press Association (UK)

Much of the gun crime on Britain's streets goes unreported, it is claimed. A study of data on firearms-related offences by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) said many victims were reluctant to alert police. Crimes missing from the official statistics may even include incidents where guns were fired, but which did not lead to injuries, the paper said. The CCJS, which is based at King's College, London, called on ministers to focus on social and economic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 June 2008

BBC News

Policies on gun crime are flawed because ministers overlook its root causes — poverty and inequality, a report by criminologists claims. There is "no compelling evidence" that enforcement strategies would cut firearms-related offending, the King's College London researchers warned. The study authors said much gun crime was probably unreported because people were scared of calling the police. The Home Office said it had made tackling gun crime a priority. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

29 June 2008

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Mt Hagen police conducted a couple of raids between 2007 and 2008 in search of illegal firearms in the house of the suspect in the killing of Post-Courier reporter Sent Timbi. Police are still holding onto three high-powered weapons which were taken during a raid at the suspected businessman's homestead, acting Metropolitan Superintendent John Kale said yesterday. The raids were conducted following tip-offs of a pile of illegal high powered weapons. Highlands... (GunPolicy.org)

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