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Canada,United States

US Militiamen Smuggled Guns to Canada, Escaped Without Prosecution

26 October 1996

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Two men who tried to set up a heavily armed militia training camp in central B.C. are no longer under investigation by any U.S. law enforcement authorities and they do not face charges in Canada, law enforcement officers on both sides of the border said Friday. The alleged militia members drove into Smithers in a truck with Texas licence plates in the summer of 1995 and later spent $24,000 on a trailer they stuffed with enough explosives to fill a five-tonne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeon General Calls Gun Violence an 'Epidemic'

1 January 1994

Mother Jones (USA)

Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders's crusade to promote health education and awareness encompasses the "epidemic," as she calls it, of gun violence. Frank and opinionated, she told us what Americans need to do-now. Q: The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that gun-related deaths and injuries make gun violence one of the major public-health hazards in the country. Do you agree? A: Yes, I do. Homicide, often involving guns, is a disease that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeons General on Gun Violence 'Epidemic'

15 June 1992

Philadelphia Local News (Philly.com)

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and George Lundberg, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, think that if we look closely at death rates due to firearms, it will make gun-control advocates out of most of us. Consider a few of them: - Between 1960 and 1980, the U.S. homicide rate due to guns increased 160 percent, while the population rose 26 percent. - Nationally, gunshot wounds are the second biggest cause of death among Americans age... (GunPolicy.org)

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