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Gun Policy News, 8 January 2011

United States

8 January 2011

Trentonian (New Jersey)

Former vice presidential candidate, Alaska governor and Tea Party leader Sarah Palin quickly pulled a graphic from her website today that used a gun "crosshairs" logo to show that her supporters were "targeting" the Arizona district of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was shot in the head this morning in an incident that killed six people and wounded 12. In addition to removing the graphic, Palin posted this message on her Facebook page: "My... (

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United States

8 January 2011

Washington Post / AP

MOULTONBOROUGH, New Hampshire - Property and gun rights advocates have made a folk hero of Ward Bird, convicted and imprisoned for brandishing a handgun at a woman who trespassed on his remote hilltop land. Their "Free Ward Bird" campaign has ignited support among townsfolk and strangers. Libertarian and tea party websites decry his fate: at least three years in prison. Protests and vigils are tweeted on Twitter and trumpeted on Facebook pages devoted to his case.... (

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United States

8 January 2011

Associated Press

BIG PRAIRIE, Ohio — The guns were kept in the boy's bedroom, resting on a rack mounted to the wall. The one investigators say was used to kill his mother — a .22-caliber rifle — was found lying on his bed. On a cold winter evening in Big Prairie, a rural hunting town, the 10-year-old boy picked up the rifle and shot his mother, 46-year-old Deborah McVay, in the head, authorities say. Relatives said mother and son had been arguing over chores: He didn't want to... (

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