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Gun Policy News, 3 August 2010


3 August 2010

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

KUALA LUMPUR (Update 21:30)- As investigations continue into the death of former Selangor assemblyman Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohd Noh and Tanjung Karang Wanita Umno vice-chief Siti Rohana Ismat, police have not ruled out the probability that one of them had shot the other. Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said initial investigations showed that the shots were fired from inside the car they were travelling in and that there was no other person in the vehicle at... (

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United States

3 August 2010

Gainesville Sun (Florida)

The Sunday deaths of a Columbia County woman and her estranged husband have been classified as a murder and suicide. According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the bodies of William "Chuck" Wood, 44, and his wife, Jodi Wood, 41, were found inside the garage of the home at 2204 S.W. Jim Witt Rd. outside Lake City where Jodi Wood had been living with the couple's three children. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ed Seifert said the couple had separated and were living... (

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United States

3 August 2010

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — Omar Thornton almost slept through his 6 a.m. wakeup call Tuesday, springing to life only after the teenage brother of his girlfriend nudged him awake. The 34-year-old kissed his girlfriend Kristi Hannah goodbye, told her he loved her, and then left her East Windsor apartment for work at Hartford Distributors Inc. in Manchester, where he was to meet about 7 a.m. with company and union officials about allegations that he had stolen beer from... (

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United States

3 August 2010

New York Daily News

A Connecticut truck driver caught stealing beer was given two choices: quit or be fired. But Omar Thornton, who complained about being racially harassed at work, had another plan. He pulled out a gun and opened fire on co-workers, killing eight and then fatally shooting himself - pausing mid-rampage to call his mother and say goodbye. "He said, 'I just shot the five racists who were out to get me. I took care of them, Mom,'" said Joanne Hannah, the mother of... (

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India,Myanmar,Bangladesh,South Asia,China

3 August 2010

BBC News

South Asia's illegal arms market is full of "Chinese-made weapons" - but many of them may not actually be made in China. Anti-arms campaigners say that the rifles and machine guns which South Asia's rebel armies buy are manufactured under "an informal franchise" that Burma's rebel United Wa State Army (UWSA) has managed to secure from Chinese ordnance factories. The UWSA is an ethnic left-wing rebel militia, with an estimated 30,000 fighters. It is accused of being... (

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United States

3 August 2010

ABC News (USA)

The statistics tell the story: There are about 50 million gun owners in America. Close to half of all American households possess guns -- more than 200 million guns all told, and we buy 4.5 million more guns every year. Whether you like it or not, for better or worse, it's a fact: America is an armed nation. And to gun owners -- the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens -- that's the way it was meant to be. Now, more than ever, many gun owners are proudly,... (

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United States

3 August 2010

Boston Globe / AP

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — A driver caught stealing beer from the warehouse where he worked agreed to resign his job Tuesday and then as "cold as ice," one of his victims said, went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people and injuring two before committing suicide. Omar Thornton pulled out a handgun after a meeting in which he was shown video evidence of the thefts and was offered the chance to quit or be fired. "Then he went out on this rampage," company vice... (

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