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Gun Policy News, 13 May 2011


13 May 2011

KHOU-TV (Houston, Texas)

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Despite strict gun-control laws in Mexico, crime scenes are riddled with bullet holes. Both drug cartels and common criminals have guns. Now more private citizens are arming themselves for protection, even if it means breaking the law. "People are desperate," said Rogelio "Chief" Bravo, a private investigator in El Paso who has worked for clients just across the border in Ciudad Juarez too. "They're telling the government, if you can't protect... (

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United States

13 May 2011

Denver Post (Colorado), Column

Now that you have askedand you know who you are — the fourth- grader in Lakewood who this week shot at least six of his classmates with a BB gun while the teacher was looking away deserves the punishment coming to him. That said, kudos to the Lakewood Police Department for not rushing into the school, wrestling the kid to the ground, maybe pepper-spraying him, handcuffing him and hauling him out like so much rough lumber. Instead, the officers arrived calmly and... (

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United States

13 May 2011

Chicago Sun-Times

A former Clarendon Hills police officer has been charged with stealing guns obtained through a police department weapons turn-in program in 2007. Daniel M. Ryan, 48, of Westmont, turned himself in Friday morning to the DuPage County Sheriff's office. He posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bond set by Judge Robert Kleeman, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's office. He will appear in court next on June 14 before Judge Daniel Guerin to face two... (

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United States

13 May 2011

The Hill (Washington DC)

Republicans on the House Judiciary panel shot down a proposal Thursday to prevent weapon sales to suspected terrorists. In a party-line vote of 21-11, the committee Republicans killed an amendment from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) that would have blocked firearm purchases by those on the FBI's terrorist watch list. The vote came during the markup of legislation renewing certain provisions of the Patriot Act that are slated to expire later this month. Quigley accused... (

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United States

13 May 2011

MedPage Today (New Jersey), Report

Firearm homicide rates among 10- to 19-year-olds exceeded the combined rate for all ages in many metropolitan areas during 2006-2007, according to the CDC. Interestingly, youth suicides from firearms were lower than for all ages combined during the same period, according to the May 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Compared with the national rate of 4.2 per 100,000 persons per year, firearm homicide rates for the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas... (

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United States

13 May 2011

USA Today

Three states are considering laws that would penalize doctors and other health care providers for asking patients or their parents whether they have a gun at home. The National Rifle Association and other pro-gun interest groups argue that doctors violate patients' Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms by inquiring about gun ownership. Doctors say they ask only because of safety concerns. Prohibiting them from asking about guns likely violates the First... (

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United States

13 May 2011

Bay Citizen (San Francisco), Column

Kenzo Dix was named for the Japanese characters for "health" and "creativity," and at age 15 he embodied those attributes, playing on the Berkeley High School basketball team and enjoying school art projects. After finishing a class assignment — a graffiti-style display on a school handball court — he called his father for permission to go to a friend's house. A few hours later, his father received another call: Kenzo was at Children's Hospital in Oakland. "The... (

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