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Gun Policy News, 18 January 2013

Colombia,Paraguay,Brazil,United States

18 January 2013

Latitude News

A man walks into an elementary school with two handguns. Within minutes, more than thirty children are dead or wounded. This isn't Newtown, Connecticut, but Realengo, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On April 7th, 2011, Wellington Oliveira murdered twelve children and wounded twenty others. The tragedy sparked a national conversation on gun violence, a huge problem in Brazil. On Wednesday, in reaction to a different massacre, President Obama proposed a series... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

18 January 2013

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

The Guyana Police Force says it cannot find records for firearm licences sold between August and December last year and is appealing to persons who received their licences during that period to report to the Office of Professional Responsibility. This was revealed in a press statement from the force on Friday which came three days after the GPF announced that a female lance corporal had been placed under arrest in connection with a firearm licence fraud uncovered at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 January 2013

New Yorker, Blog

With opponents of gun control already trotting out the line that President Obama's new proposals aren't worth pursuing because they won't work, it is worth recalling the famous words of Mr. Gradgrind, the dictatorial headmaster in Dickens's "Hard Times": "Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts:... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,European Union

18 January 2013

Local (Germany)

The tiny western state of Saarland has emerged as Germany's most armed region, according to newly collated figures. The country launched a national weapon's register this month in a bid to keep guns under control. Saarland, wedged between the Rhine and France, has around 120 registered guns per 1,000 people, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported on Thursday. Following hunting-keen Saarland comes Rhineland-Palatinate with around 113 guns per 1,000 people, and then... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 January 2013

PolitiFact (USA)

Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., supporters and opponents of gun control have thrown out statistics to support their point of view. Here's one that caught our eye, offered by liberal commentator Mark Shields on the Dec. 21, 2012, edition of the PBS NewsHour. Shields told host Judy Woodruff, "You know, Judy, the reality is - and it's a terrible reality - since Robert Kennedy died in the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968, more... (GunPolicy.org)

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