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Gun Policy News, 6 November 2009

United States

6 November 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

The gunman who killed 12 people at a Texas military base is still alive and in hospital after undergoing surgery for his wounds, the base commander says. It had earlier been thought that the gunman had been killed by authorities responding to the shooting at Fort Hood, the largest US military base in the world. The gunman has been identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a military psychiatrist who was about to be deployed to Iraq. Lieutenant General Bob Cone also said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

CNN

FORT HOOD, Texas — Investigators looking into a massacre at the nation's largest military base pieced through the gruesome scene Friday morning and raided the home of the alleged gunman, searching for answers. Military officials at Fort Hood also faced another, equally difficult task: notifying the families of the 13 people killed Thursday inside a military processing center. "Today on Fort Hood, we will observe a day of mourning, remembering in our thoughts and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

6 November 2009

CNN

Fri September 25, 2009 Four police officers, suspect shot in New Jersey raid Four police officers and a suspect were shot in a raid for firearms and narcotics early Thursday in central New Jersey, a local prosecutor's office said. Mon September 7, 2009 Police: Man shoots 4 family members, then himself A man shot his estranged wife to death, along with their son and grandson, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in, authorities in Livingston Parish,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

WASHINGTON — A Muslim fanatic motivated by a jihadist cause? Or a man who had been stretched to breaking point by his treatment at the hands of US Army colleagues, even as he tried to treat their psychiatric injuries caused in two wars that he strongly opposed. As horrified Americans tried to come to terms with the killing of 13 people and injuring of 30 at the military base at Fort Hood, Texas, investigators began the task of re-creating not only events at the base... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

6 November 2009

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Canada's long-gun registry was a product of tragedy, a response to the massacre of 14 young women at Montreal's École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. A registry was a rational step toward trying to make sure that the country would never again experience mass murder. The Polytechnique killer, Marc Lépine, used a semi-automatic gun that allowed him to shoot 28 people in 22 minutes. Few Canadians in 1989 knew it was considered normal for someone to have unrestricted... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

6 November 2009

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Opinion

What a bitter spectacle: MPs from all parties, except the Bloc Québécois, caving to a decades-long campaign by disgruntled gun owners, to U.S.-inspired attack advertising in targeted ridings and to self-interest to issue a death warrant to the long-gun registry. The symbolism could hardly be more poignant — well, yes, it could be. Our parliamentarians missed the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, which inspired the creation of the registry, by a month. It... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

6 November 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Different reactions. Divergent visions of a country. Wednesday's vote in the House of Commons to abolish the long-gun registry reinforced the divide between rural Canada and its metropolitan centres. While it was a good news day for hunters in small communities like Tarbutt Township, population 450, in Montreal there was dismay. "For city people, this registry is important, it's a relevant tool to fight crime," said Pierreson Vaval, director of a Montreal outreach... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

6 November 2009

BBC News

A gunman in Japan has taken his own life after wounding three people in Yokohama, outside Tokyo, police said. The gunman had taken refuge in a building in a residential area which the police surrounded. A police spokesman said one of the injured men was in a critical condition and the other two were lightly wounded. Japanese media reported the violence appeared to be gang related. Shootings are rare in Japan, where there are strict gun control laws. Police named... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

Washington Post

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Arlington-born Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 13 people at a Texas military post Thursday before being shot by two civilian police officers remains hospitalized and on a ventilator, officials said. Nidal M. Hasan was awaiting a deployment to Afghanistan, Army officials said, even though according to some who knew him he was deeply troubled by the U.S. military effort there. Hasan, who was raised in Virginia and trained at military... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

ABC News (USA)

Federal agents, military investigators and Texas Rangers are investigating whether the gun used in the Fort Hood massacre was purchased at the "Guns Galore" shop in Killeen, Texas, according to the store co-manager. "They called last night and asked about a specific name and gun purchase, but the name was not Hasan," said the manager who gave only his first name, Dave. He said he did not want to reveal the name for fear it would compromise the investigation. Three... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

New York Times

A 40-year-old engineer who was dismissed from his job two years ago returned to his former workplace in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Friday morning and opened fire, killing one person and shooting five others, the authorities said. A police SWAT team detained the man, who was identified as Jason S. Rodriguez, about three hours later. The police said Mr. Rodriguez fled the building — the 18-story Gateway Center, a glass-and-granite office tower with easy access to major... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

Fox News / AP

The massacre at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and 30 injured was a "kick in the gut," Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said Friday, as military officials tried to piece together what led an Army psychiatrist to open fire on his fellow soldiers. The Army wouldn't discuss a motive, but initial reports suggested that the suspect, 39-year-old Nidal Malik Hasan, was dreading his imminent deployment to Afghanistan and had been critical of the wars there and in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A 5.7-millimeter pistol used in the Fort Hood shooting was purchased legally by suspect Nidal Hasan at a Texas gun shop, law enforcement officials said Friday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. Records indicate Hasan bought the FN 5.7 at store called "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas, well before the attack that left 13 people dead, one of the officials said. The pistol has been dubbed a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

CBS / AP

While the investigation into the Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people is still in its early stages, indications are that it is a "lone wolf" situation, senior law enforcement officials told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr. Authorities said 39-year-old Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on the shooting spree Thursday at the sprawling Texas post. He was among 30 people wounded in the rampage and remained hospitalized Friday in a coma, attached to a ventilator. All... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 November 2009

ABC News (USA)

The gun thought to be used in the Fort Hood massacre packs so much firepower, it's known as 'the Cop Killer,' federal law enforcement officials said. Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly packed a FN Herstal Five-seveN tactical pistol, which according to federal law enforcement officials, was legally purchased from the "Guns Galore" shop in Killeen, Texas in Aug. 2009. The store's manager, David Cheadle, said that particular firearm can hold 20 rounds in a standard clip... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

6 November 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario)

In Kenya's lawless slums, you can rent a gun by the hour with no questions asked. In Somalia, teenagers boast of using assault rifles to terrify and rape women. In other parts of Africa, light weapons are supplied especially for child soldiers. For countries where gun violence is an epidemic, there is some good news. Major arms-dealing nations have joined a bid for a treaty that would rein in the $55 billion-a-year (U.S.) trade in conventional weapons. In a landmark... (GunPolicy.org)

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