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Gun Policy News, 10 January 2011

United States

10 January 2011

Argus Leader (South Dakota), Editorial

Many people might not recognize the rights and responsibilities that the U.S. Constitution stipulates regarding legal residency in this country. For example, a person who is a foreign citizen yet legal U.S. resident is required to register with the Selective Service if that person is a male 18 to 25 years old. Also, all legal residents must pay federal and state income taxes. There's the right - and by extension, the responsibility - to vote in local and state... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

ABC News (USA)

In the aftermath of Saturday's Tucson shooting that has left six dead and Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords clinging to life, many are looking at who and what is to blame in the world of Arizona's politics and gun control. From Arizona's permissive gun laws to the toxic, us-versus-them environment that has permeated U.S. political discourse, political figures, pundits and the police have begun to point fingers. Arizona's gun laws are among the nation's least... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Sydney Morning Herald

BEAUTIFUL, vast, rugged and unforgiving, Arizona's postcard landscape is matched by the frontier mentality of many of its populace: not so much lawless, but deeply conservative, and wedded to the idea that happiness truly is a warm gun. Its border with Mexico is porous, regularly and easily traversed. Phoenix, its largest city, has become a waypoint for drug and human trafficking. The state has also been hit hard by the recession, which has helped make it a centre for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Concord Monitor (New Hampshire), Editorial

For some New Hampshire lawmakers, happiness is a gun warmed by carrying it close to the body. With the state facing a whopping deficit, and despite promises of a laser-like focus on cutting spending, the House's Republican majority chose as its first action to repeal the ban on packing heat in the State House. New Hampshire is an "open carry" state, which means that an adult can walk the streets with a six-gun on his hip or a shotgun under his arm. But perhaps so as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

10 January 2011

Guardian (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO - A six year old girl was killed by a trap gun in front of her father in, Galagamuwa in Kurunegala district in early December, (Lankadeepa December 3rd 2010). The incident happened when the father was preparing the trap gun with his daughter looking on and it accidentally exploded. This was the latest death reported in the media related to the trap gun menace in Sri Lanka. The same month a police sergeant was seriously injured with a trap gun when the teams of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

CNN

Within seconds after the shooting began, at least one man who was grazed by a bullet grabbed the gunman, a middle-aged woman snatched ammunition away from him, and a group of people held him down while another man grabbed the gun out of his hand, a man and a woman who helped subdue the shooter told CNN Sunday. "It was so surreal. You don't believe what's really happening in front of you. People are really dying," said Joe Zamudio, one of the people who helped restrain... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

USA Today

An Arizona lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill to allow college faculty to carry weapons on campus assailed the Pima County sheriff today for criticizing the state's liberal gun laws and blames him for failing to protect Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "If he would have done his job, maybe this doesn't happen," state Rep. Jack Harper said. "Sheriff (Clarence) Dupnik did not provide for the security of a U.S. congresswoman." The Republican state lawmaker also indicated that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

In some ways, Joseph Zamudio's experience speaks to why many gun-rights supporters think carrying a legal weapon can save lives. After all, when he realized there was an incident occurring at the Tucson Safeway supermarket Saturday where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a constituent event, Mr. Zamudio thought he could help, since he was legally carrying a 9 mm semiautomatic. "If I'd gone down there sooner, maybe I could have shot him myself," Mr. Zamudio,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

Under federal and Arizona law, a mentally ill person is barred from purchasing a gun if a court has deemed that person a danger. And in hindsight, there is evidence of Mr. Loughner's disturbed mental state. At Pima Community College, Mr. Loughner had five contacts with campus police. The school suspended him last year and said he couldn't return unless he obtained clearance from a mental-health professional that indicated his presence wouldn't pose a danger to himself... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

New York Daily News

Buying the firearm used in the Arizona massacre was easy as pie for accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner, whose rampage is sparking a new debate over gun control. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced the 9-mm. Glock, serial number PWL 699, to a Sportsman's Warehouse in Tucson and confirmed - by store video and receipts - that Loughner bought it on Nov. 30. Loughner passed an instant background check despite a drug arrest and history of erratic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Postmedia News (Canada)

WASHINGTON — Seventeen years ago last month, New York congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's husband was killed when a deranged gunman opened fire on passengers riding a Long Island commuter train. It was a crime similar, in some ways, to the weekend rampage in Arizona that targeted McCarthy's Democratic colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, who was one of 14 people wounded in an attack that also claimed six lives. Now McCarthy, one of America's fiercest gun control advocates,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

The Hill (Washington DC)

With some Democratic lawmakers calling for stricter gun-control measures in the wake of Saturday's shooting in Arizona, polling suggests it's unlikely to morph into a campaign issue for 2012. Across the board, polling from the past several years shows that support for stricter gun-control laws has declined, even after mass shootings like the one that occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech in the spring of 2007, which killed 32 people. Saturday's shooting killed at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON - Federal gun control proposals may accelerate following the Tucson massacre in which an Arizona congresswoman was seriously injured, but they will still face high legal and legislative hurdles. With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and a Supreme Court majority embracing Second Amendment rights, significant new congressional action appears unlikely. At most, lawmakers may try to pick around the edges. "I think the odds of something... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

CBS News (USA)

Back in 2009, the Arizona Republic wondered whether its state's gun culture was creating an "image problem" for Arizona. Today, after the horrific mass shooting in Tuscon that left six dead and a congresswoman in critical condition, many are left baffled over that culture and the state's lax gun laws, and some are wondering whether it's time for a change. Still, gun ownership is deeply ingrained in Arizona life, and many others are reluctant to change that. Democratic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

CBS News (USA)

TUCSON, Arizona - One law enforcement official has been thrust into the national spotlight -- for some remarks he made following the shooting. On Saturday, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a Democrat, blamed the rampage in part on overheated political rhetoric, saying Arizona has become "a mecca for prejudice and bigotry." Some Republicans have called his remarks irresponsible. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric spoke with the Sheriff today and he's not backing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — A North Carolina congressman says he'll carry a gun when he attends public events in his district's mountain communities after last weekend's assassination attempt on one of his colleagues. U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler told WLOS-TV he's carried a concealed weapon periodically since someone made a serious threat on his life in 2009. He said he'll now make it a practice to carry the permitted handgun when he is away from Capitol Hill, where... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A longtime Senate gun control advocate announced plans Monday to introduce legislation banning high-capacity ammunition clips like the one linked to a weekend shooting that left six dead and an Arizona congresswoman gravely wounded. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said he would introduce the measure to re-establish a prohibition that lapsed in 2004 on clips that feed more than 10 rounds at a time. "The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts - A gun club where an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself with an Uzi first agreed to hold a machine gun shoot a decade ago when the organizer told club officials it was legal and safe, one of those officials testified Monday. Steven Sklarski, recording secretary for the Westfield Sportsman's Club, testified on the fifth day of the manslaughter trial of former Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury. The club had held the event for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Guardian (UK)

The next time you happen to be in Arizona drinking a cool beer with some time on your hands, ask the person along the bar to describe for you the Glock 19. Likelihood is he will know what you're talking about, as gun ownership rates in Arizona are among the highest in the world. Heck, he might even be packing himself, as it's legal in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars. He might begin by telling you that the 9mm Glock 19 is the workhorse of US law... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Time (USA)

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban in the nation's capital in 2008, Representative Gabrielle Giffords applauded the ruling, calling gun ownership "an Arizona tradition." That she had co-signed a congressional amicus brief against the ban came as no surprise: she has always been pro-gun, and she represents a state with a history of proud gun ownership and lax gun laws. So there is at least a touch of irony to the fact that her name is being invoked,... (GunPolicy.org)

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10 January 2011

Guardian (UK)

Australia Ownership is strictly prohibited unless there are "genuine reasons" such as licensed sport, animal control or employment requirements. Brazil If you are over 25 and have registered a weapon, you are free to keep it indoors. The country has the second-highest gun-related death rate after the US. Canada Significantly stricter than the neighbouring US. To acquire a licence, applicants must undertake a safety course, pass a criminal records check and be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

The deadly shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's political event in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday is re-energizing gun control advocates. But Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said he fears there will be little legislative response from Congress. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), whose husband was killed and son was injured in a 1993 shooting on the Long Island Rail Road, took on the challenge on Sunday, promising to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Slate (Washington DC)

Arizona's Legislature began its new session Monday, guns in tow. At a rally outside of the state Capitol, a 73-year-old Tea Party activist named Arthur Olivas Jr. was photographed wearing a holstered pistol. Anyone who blamed the Tea Party for the slaughter outside a Tucson Safeway, he said, didn't understand the movement and didn't understand gun rights. "If you see 20 guns out there," Olivas told Politico, "you would not be stupid enough to hold up a bank or shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

WASHINGTON - Is there a good reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun? This is the question being asked in the wake of the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz. over the weekend. The suspect, Jared Loughner, allegedly used a high-capacity 33-round magazine in his Glock-19 pistol. Without the need to reload as quickly, the shooter was able to effectively hold bystanders at bay, keeping them from intervening until 20 people had already been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Bakersfield Californian, Editorial

The debate over whether Jared Lee Loughner was meaningfully influenced by vitriolic political rhetoric will never be satisfactorily settled. The 22-year-old man, accused of killing six and wounding 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center on Saturday, had made allusions to government overreach in largely incoherent ramblings in the months leading up to the tragedy. Whether he was encouraged to act -- even subtly -- by the gunplay... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Washington Post, Opinion

The horror in Arizona exposes the lunacy of the notion, popular among Republicans, that a heavily armed populace can stop a deranged gunman. After the horror at Virginia Tech, in 2007, gun advocates -- overwhelmingly Republicans -- advanced the idea that the massacre might have been cut short if students had been allowed to carry weapons. School policy at Tech forbids students, visitors and most others to have weapons on campus. The Tech massacre even gave rise to an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Reuters

The deadly shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, has renewed questions about a U.S. system that relies on personal background checks at the time of gun sales to keep firearms out of the hands of disturbed people. Despite evidence that the suspect in Saturday's rampage, Jared Lee Loughner, engaged in bizarre, disruptive behavior well before the shooting, police said he legally purchased the gun used in the attack at a sporting goods store. "The troubles of the Tucson... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

NBC News (USA)

It seems as though it never ends. Mass shootings. Blood baths. Angry, disturbed killers. Innocent victims mowed down. We go through it on a regular basis. And nothing seems to put it to a stop. The attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, by Jared Lee Loughner in which six others were killed and 14 wounded, has focused the nation's attention on the widespread use of guns and the great obstacles we face in trying to limit gun violence. The Arizona... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

New York Times, Column

By all means, condemn the hateful rhetoric that has poured so much poison into our political discourse. The crazies don't kill in a vacuum, and the vilest of our political leaders and commentators deserve to be called to account for their demagoguery and the danger that comes with it. But that's the easy part. If we want to reverse the flood tide of killing in this country, we'll have to do a hell of a lot more than bad-mouth a few sorry politicians and lame-brained... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

New York Times, Editorial

The Glock 19 is a semiautomatic pistol so reliable that it is used by thousands of law enforcement agencies around the world, including the New York Police Department, to protect the police and the public. On Saturday, in Tucson, it became an instrument of carnage for two preventable reasons: It had an oversize ammunition clip that was once restricted by federal law and still should be; and it was fired by a disturbed man who should never have been able to purchase it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

Los Angeles Times

TUCSON - It was a busy day at the Tucson Mountain Park shooting range Sunday, where the aroma of gunpowder filled the air one day after 20 people were shot, six fatally, at a shopping center. Alex Anderson, 24, was armed with a 9-millimeter Taurus, the same caliber as the gun that authorities say Jared Lee Loughner used in the shootings. Anderson, who works at the Home Depot next to the Sportsman's Warehouse where the gunman's weapon was purchased, has a permit to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2011

National Public Radio (USA)

On November 30, Jared Lee Loughner went to a Sportman's Warehouse in Tuscon, Ariz., and purchased a Glock 19 semiautomatic weapon, after passing an instant background check. He allegedly used that weapon in the January 8 shooting rampage that killed at least six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 13 others in Tuscon. Arizona's gun laws, among the most lenient in the country, allowed Loughner to conceal and carry his firearm without a permit,... (GunPolicy.org)

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