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Gun Policy News, 18 August 2009

United States

18 August 2009

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA — The appearance of weapons near the president at a speech and a healthcare town hall has been cast as either a danger to the president and public debate or a sign of that gun ownership is gradually losing its stigma. A man in a shirt and tie carried a shoulder-slung rifle near President Obama's entourage in Phoenix Tuesday. Since carrying a gun is legal in Arizona, police did not take action against him or any other gun-carrying protesters. Last week,... (

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United States

18 August 2009

Associated Press

PHOENIX — About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incidents in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting... (

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United States

18 August 2009


PHOENIX, Arizona — He was to demonstrating his right to bear arms — and he wanted you to know it. Video of the unidentified man toting an assault rifle outside President Obama's speech to veterans Monday was aired all over the country, causing a buzz about weapons popping up — legally — around recent presidential events. The protester, who refused to give his name, was interviewed by a man carrying a microphone and said, "I am almost always armed." The... (

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18 August 2009

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

SULAIMANIYAH and ERBIL — Weapons loudly welcomed the outcome of Iraqi Kurdistan's latest political contest, and may even discreetly have helped determine it. In the run-up to last month's election, politicians gifted guns to prominent supporters. When the results were announced, celebratory gunfire streaked the night skies. Opposition leaders said the weapons had been dished out to buy votes. Their rivals denied this, arguing that they were honouring Kurdish... (

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Russia,Thailand,United States

18 August 2009

CBC News (Canada)

Viktor Bout may not be a household name like Osama bin Laden, but to some he is considered no less dangerous. Dubbed the Merchant of Death, the former Soviet air force officer is said to have delivered arms that fuelled some of the world's worst conflicts and is linked to the likes of warlords and dictators. For author and security expert Stephen Braun, one of the "great ironies" surrounding Bout lies in the United States' post-9/11 pursuit of terrorists, which netted... (

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United States

18 August 2009

New York Times / At War, Blog

You read that right. This week Arsenal Inc., an American manufacturer of Kalashnikov-style rifles, is beginning a promotion that will use proceeds from gun sales to try raising $250,000 to help families of American service members killed or wounded overseas. For at least several weeks, for every Kalashnikov that Arsenal sells, the company pledges to donate $50 to New England Warrior, a small nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts. The organization, formed in... (

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Central America,South America

18 August 2009

Council on Hemispheric Affairs (Washington, DC), Web page

According to the World Health Organization, gun-related fatalities are the leading cause of death among Latin Americans between ages 15 and 44. Overall, gunshot wounds kill between 73,000 and 90,000 people annually in Latin America, demonstrating that the region is inundated with fire-arms. In fact, the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) claims in its major groundbreaking study that there are at least 45 million to 80 million small arms and light weapons... (

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18 August 2009

Guardian (UK)

Hekmat the smuggler and I sat among a group of men in a wood-walled hotel room in Ishkashim, a town in Badakh-shan province in the far north of Afghanistan. The room's balcony took in a breathtaking view of the river Amu, which shimmered in the sunlight beneath the Pamir mountains. The Amu, also known as the Oxus, is the greatest river in central Asia, and for several hundred miles its upper reaches mark the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan to the... (

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