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Ukraine,United States

19 March 2022


The burnt-up wreckage of a Russian tank lies in the dirt, while in an accompanying photo next to it, a Ukrainian soldier carries the armaments said to have caused the destruction. The images posted to Twitter by the Ukrainian Armed Forces are labelled with a triumphant caption, declaring that this was the result of "hits from Javelins on [Russian] military equipment". The Javelin, a shoulder-held anti-tank weapon that shoots heat-seeking rockets hurtling towards... (

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Ukraine,United States,Russia,Turkey,Germany,United Kingdom,Poland

17 March 2022


The US president, Joe Biden, has announced an $800m (£610m) package of arms to Ukraine as the west steps up military aid against invading Russia forces. The west's military assistance to Ukraine began cautiously with helmets and flak jackets but now includes drones that can destroy Russian tanks and artillery from 50 miles away. The west has repeatedly refused to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine but is now supplying a range of powerful weapons. They... (

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1 March 2022


Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Here is a timeline of Ukraine's fraught relationship with Moscow since it won independence in 1991 and the events that led to the current conflict. 1991: Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine declares independence from Moscow. 2004: Pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovich is declared president but allegations of vote-rigging trigger protests, known as the Orange Revolution, forcing a re-run of... (

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United States,Australia,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Falkland Islands,Mexico

26 November 2021


Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to life. America's relationship to gun ownership is unique, and its gun culture is a global outlier. As the tally of gun-related deaths continue to grow daily, here's a look at how gun culture in... (

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United States

9 July 2021


Gun homicides surged across the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, in the same year that Americans bought a record-breaking number of guns. But some of America's leading gun violence researchers have concluded that what might seem like an obvious cause-and-effect – a surge in gun buying leads to a surge in gun violence – is not supported by the data. Through July of last year, there was no clear association between the increase in firearm purchases and... (

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18 April 2021

Bloomberg Opinion

At the same time that President Joe Biden was unveiling his plans this month to attack epidemic gun violence with all the tangential minimalism that U.S. law and politics can muster, I was 20 miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border watching what happens when people, and a nation, treat guns as if they might be dangerous. In a small, carpeted classroom in Delta, British Columbia, a dozen of us filed in for the first of two days of classes — 15 hours in all —... (

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United States

8 April 2021

Al Jazeera

What you need to know about 'ghost guns' Biden wants to regulate Biden aims to close loopholes in the production of untraceable firearms with kits and 3D printing after mass shootings. US President Joe Biden has issued actions aimed at regulating "ghost guns" – weapons that can be produced without serial numbers and other identifiers making their tracking difficult – seen as a growing threat by US law enforcement and watchdog groups. Ghost guns can be produced... (

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United States

23 March 2021


Gun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with a unique California law that requires bullet casings to be "microstamped", a measure that has been toothless since it was approved more than a decade ago. California's 2007 law requires gun manufacturers to adopt microstamping technology on new types of handguns introduced in the state. The intent was to imprint a unique set of microscopic characters on all cartridge casings when... (

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United States

26 October 2020

Trace, Media release

Joe Biden's Evolution on Guns Early in his career, Biden said gun regulation was ineffective. Several decades — and one notorious crime bill — later, he's pushing the most expansive reform platform in history. On the night of August 25, 1994, a complicated package of legislation championed by then-Senator Joe Biden looked like it had gathered enough votes. Along with Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Biden stood in front of television cameras and reporters... (

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United States,Australia

11 June 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised Australia's gun laws in an online question and answer session. "Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that's it, we're not doing, we're not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws,... (

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United States

6 May 2014

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation's gun culture has gotten "way out of balance" and the U.S. needs to rein in the notion that "anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime." The former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said the idea that anyone can have a gun is not in the "best interest of the vast majority of people." But she said that approach does not conflict with the rights of people to own... (

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United States

17 March 2014

New York Times, Editorial

The National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama's nomination of an outstanding young doctor to be the next surgeon general of the United States because of his attitudes on gun control. The sad part is, the campaign is causing some nervous Democrats whose votes may be needed for Senate confirmation to consider breaking with the president to bolster their own chances for re-election in states where the gun lobby is... (

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United States

11 January 2014

4-Traders (France), Web page

The slow drop-off of households owning guns has ended, rebounding in a new poll to 39 percent, up five points from the latest survey. A new Economist/YouGov poll said that nearly 4 in 10 American households have guns, with 56 percent claiming not to have one. That is a sizable uptick from the four-decade drop in household ownership charted by the authoritative General Social Survey. It pegged household gun ownership at 50 percent in the 1970s, 49 percent in the 1980s,... (

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United States

12 December 2013

New York Times

To get to Joe Manchin's private office in the Hart Senate Office Building, you first pass through a lobby where you encounter a small bronze statue of an Old West lawman holding a firearm — an award given to Manchin several years ago by a chapter of the National Rifle Association for his unswerving defense of gun rights. Then you turn down a hallway, past several framed photographs of children who were victims of the massacre a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School... (

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United States

17 September 2013


It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it's back in the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: The AR-15. Authorities said when Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets Monday, he was carrying a rifle and a handgun. But he did most of the shooting with the weapon used in so many other rampages that shocked the nation: - Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, with the AR-15... (

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United States

29 August 2013

BBC News

The White House has announced two executive orders on gun control, after a failed legislative attempt to pass firearms regulations. Vice-President Joe Biden announced that the administration would end the import of military surplus weapons. The second order aims to stop criminals registering guns to corporations or trusts to dodge background checks. The gun-control debate was revived as a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut last December. Gun rights... (

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South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (

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United States

17 June 2013

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

How do criminals get their guns? Are there observable patterns to gun crime? Who is at the greatest risk of injury, or causing injury to others, from firearm use? Which gun-safety practices are most effective at preventing accidental injury? The answers to these and other basic questions remain difficult and obscure in part thanks to a senseless ban, on the books for a decade, that limits research on gun violence and denies researchers and even police and prosecutors... (

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United States

11 June 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

Grand Theft Auto V/Rockstar Games: It was one of the most brutal video games imaginable-players used cars to murder people in broad daylight. Parents were outraged, and behavioral experts warned of real-world carnage. "In this game a player takes the first step to creating violence," a psychologist from the National Safety Council told the New York Times. "And I shudder to think what will come next if this is encouraged. It'll be pretty gory." To earn points, Death... (

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United States

13 May 2013

NBC News (USA)

To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they're treading a fine line, and they know it. The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun... (

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United States

18 April 2013

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. "This effort isn't over," President Barack Obama vowed at the White House moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic... (

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United States

13 April 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

WASHINGTON - The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting made a deeply personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence, choking back tears almost from the start of her speech. Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was killed in the Dec. 14 attack inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, stepped in for President Barack Obama to deliver the president's weekly radio and Internet address. She is the first... (

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Mexico,United States

11 March 2013

Time (USA)

Here's a hard truth: all the emotion and outrage and sadness that followed the Dec. 14 shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook elementary school may make almost no difference in federal gun control laws. How little is the Hill going to do on gun control? As things stand, Congress may not even pass two gun control measures that even some elements of the powerful gun lobby have suggested they could support. But if post-Sandy Hook gun control measures are badly... (

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United States

7 March 2013

Politico (Washington DC)

President Barack Obama's gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates still haven't said a word to complain. That's no accident. The White House knew its post-Newtown effort would require bringing key gun control groups into the fold. So the White House offered a simple arrangement: the groups could have access and involvement, but they'd have to offer silence and support in exchange. The implied rules, according to conversations... (

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United States

3 March 2013

United Press International

WASHINGTON - As the images of 20 first-graders massacred in Connecticut, of the horrific attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona, of the slaughter of movie-goers in Aurora, Colo., and of numerous other mass killings in the United States fade in the national memory, the fervor to restrict access to some types of weapons and magazines appears to be abating. The debate on gun control itself has largely been subsumed in recent weeks by concern over... (

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United States

20 February 2013

Guardian (UK), Video

Joe Biden, the US vice-president, has said Americans should buy a shotgun rather than an assault rifle if they want to protect their homes. Biden, who is spearheading a push for President Barack Obama's gun control proposals, made the remark during a question-and-answer session on Facebook on Tuesday. The vice-president has not one but two shotguns that he says he keeps in a locked cabinet at his house in his home state of Delaware, and he has given his wife, Jill,... (

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United States

18 February 2013

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would... (

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Russia,Afghanistan,Israel,Belgium,United States

31 January 2013


The American confectionery company Victoria Sweets claims to have invented the candy cigarette. A thin stick of chocolate, wrapped in edible paper and designed to impersonate a roll-up, it debuted in 1915 and soon became the accessory of choice for children keen to play grown-up. Hollywood star, GI Joe, team captain: the sweet gave kids the chance try out one of the vogue props of adulthood. Within 20 years it was so popular that cigarette companies began to take... (

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United States

26 January 2013

New York Times, Editorial

In one of the 23 executive actions on gun control signed this month, President Obama instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal science agencies to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. He called on Congress to aid that effort by providing $10 million for the C.D.C. in the next budget round and $20 million to expand the federal reporting system on violent deaths to all 50 states, from the current 18. That Mr.... (

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United States

17 January 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

In the mid-1990s, Stephen Teret received an unnerving phone call from a friend at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the time, Teret was director of a CDC-funded injury-prevention centre at Johns Hopkins University. It studied all manner of injury risks: fire, poison, motor vehicles and guns. "That person told me they would appreciate it if I did not speak about gun policy anymore," recalled Teret, who left the centre shortly after to create Johns... (

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United States,Ireland

17 January 2013

Irish Times (Dublin)

President Barack Obama signalled he is ready for a fight with House Republicans and the National Rifle Association over gun control when he announced the most far-reaching initiative on the issue in nearly 20 years. "I intend to use whatever weight this office holds," Mr Obama vowed. Referring to the December 14th massacre of 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, he said, "This is our first task as a society; keeping our... (

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United States

15 January 2013


NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's toughest gun-control measures and the first to be enacted since the mass shooting last month at an elementary school in neighboring Connecticut. The bill passed the Democratic-led Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, a day after sprinting through the Republican-majority Senate. State lawmakers have been in session for just a matter of days. New York's legislation comes just a day before... (

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Finland,United States

15 January 2013

Time (USA)

Well, this is awkward: Some Americans are celebrating Gun Appreciation Day on Jan. 19 — two days before President Obama's second inauguration, nine days after a teenager opened fire at a California high school, the same week as the one-month anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting and the same month as the second anniversary of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tuscon, Ariz. But Gun Appreciation Day isn't a long-standing tradition with poor timing. Nope,... (

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Australia,United States

13 January 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

Australians own as many guns now as they did at the time of the Port Arthur massacre, despite more than 1 million firearms being handed in and destroyed, new research reveals. A University of Sydney study has shown there has been a steady increase in guns imported into the country over the past decade, with the number of privately owned guns now at the same level as 1996. Estimates suggest there were 3.2 million firearms in Australia at the time of the Tasmanian... (

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United States

11 January 2013


A 16-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire in a California high school classroom on Thursday, critically wounding a fellow student before two staff members talked him into surrendering the weapon, authorities said. The accused gunman was arrested at Taft Union High School in inland Kern County following the shooting and investigators later said he felt he was being bullied by one or two students in the class, including the boy who was shot and seriously... (

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United States

10 January 2013


Research restrictions pushed by the National Rifle Association have stopped the United States from finding solutions to firearms violence, more than a hundred scientists from virtually every major U.S. university told Vice President Joe Biden's task force on gun violence in a letter on Thursday. In the wake of the December school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and other mass homicides, the group of economists, health researchers, educators, doctors and... (

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United States

8 January 2013

New York Times, Editorial

Instructed by President Obama to find ways to curb gun violence after the Connecticut school massacre, a working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. appears ready to recommend a package of proposals that go beyond reinstating the expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Mr. Obama has already expressed support for a bill being prepared by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, that would provide a more effective ban on... (

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United States

28 December 2012

CBS News (USA) / Associated Press

The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped. Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days. "We had to shut everything off," says Horsley, whose... (

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United States

26 December 2012

New England Journal of Medicine

We are learning how to watch the news through tears. All those children, and the adults protecting them. With an assault rifle. Up close. The survivors, eyes averted, are led to safety in daisy chains. Ambulances rush to the scene, but nearly all return empty. Loved ones go home empty, too. We pore over the details, searching for the clues that will bring order to chaos and help us predict and prevent the next one. But these catastrophes are all different. We have... (

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United States,Turkey

23 December 2012

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

As long as Turkey does not take action to put in place gun control measures, the country is likely to face mass shootings like the one that shook the United States in mid-December, killing 26 people, observers have said. A 20-year-old man, Adam Peter Lanza, on Dec. 14 shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their Newtown home before fatally shooting 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He then took his own... (

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United States

22 January 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Daley revved up a coalition of mayors Thursday to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Chicago's handgun ordinance in the wake of the Illinois State Rifle Association challenge to be argued March 2. Here for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Daley also went to the White House with other mayors for a session with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. And in his role as the "mayor of mayors," he also hosted a reception for... (

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United States,Mexico

16 April 2009


President Obama visits Mexico with many issues on the table, but reinstating the ban on assault weapons in the U.S. isn't likely to be one on which the two countries can reach agreement. Mexican officials say criminals use assault weapons from the U.S. in the violent border region. Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the U.S., say reinstating the ban would stop the deadly flow of weapons across the border. Under the... (

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United States

9 April 2009

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

The fatal shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., and Stanton Heights prompted renewed calls for stricter gun control from traditional advocates such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. But such calls haven't echoed in the halls of Congress or in statehouses across the country. "The silence has been deafening," Dennis Goldford, a Drake University political scientist, said of federal lawmakers' response to the new incidents of gun... (

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United States

6 April 2009

Australian (Sydney)

NEW YORK — The anguish in Joe Biden's voice sounded genuine when the US Vice-President responded on behalf of the White House to the shocking gun massacre of 14 people at the New York town of Binghamton on the weekend. "We've got to find a way to deal with this senseless, senseless violence," Biden told the nation. Arriving at Binghamton that evening, New York Governor David Paterson framed similar sentiments in a question: "When are we going to be able to curb the... (

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United States,Mexico

11 March 2009


PHOENIX — U.S. border police have arrested four men and seized three shipments of guns, ammunition and weapons parts bound for Mexico, authorities said on Wednesday, weapons that would likely have been used by warring drug cartels. U.S. and Mexican authorities are working closely to curb the illegal trade in arms to Mexico, where more than 7,000 people have been murdered by the cartels since the start of last year. The Department of Homeland Security said border... (

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United States

31 January 2009

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

On the morning after the presidential inauguration, Sean Ely was in Cobb County Probate Court to apply for his first concealed weapons permit. The Acworth builder had read that it might become harder to get a permit during the Obama administration. "I figured I'd get it while I can," Ely said. Adrian Brown, an EMT student from Austell, was at the court office minutes later to do the same thing but for a different reason. "I want to protect my family," said Brown,... (

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United States

16 January 2009

Fox News (USA)

President-elect Barack Obama's election has spurred a surge in gun sales, firearms retailers and enthusiasts say, as gun owners brace for what they believe will be a new era of gun control in Washington. An electronic news service that covers outdoor news has even named Obama its "Gun Salesman of the Year." Firearms associations began to suspect that political considerations were driving gun sales late last year as the number of background checks increased. But... (

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United States

12 January 2009

Fox News (USA), Opinion

Despite a huge Democratic Senate majority, Eric Holder's confirmation hearings are going to be difficult. He has a long record to defend. Whether it is his involvement and inconsistent statements about Bill Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich's or his pushing Clinton's clemency of the FALN terrorists or his failure to disclose his work for troubled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich after Blagojevich's legal problems surfaced, he faces tough questions. But... (

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United States

16 November 2008

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

The economy may be in the tank, but business has never been better at the El Cajon Gun Exchange. Semiautomatic rifles, handguns and short-barreled shotguns are moving off the shelves and into the hands of customers who share widespread fears that President-elect Barack Obama will restrict their right to own a gun. "Obama is the salesman of the month," said store owner Louis Baldridge. Bryan Watters, a Lakeside customer who followed the election rhetoric closely,... (

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United States

13 November 2008

Slate (USA)

Firearms scare almost everybody. But no demographic gets more wiggy about handguns, shotguns, and rifles than journalists. Ever since the Washington Post ("Gun Sales Thriving in Uncertain Times," Oct. 27) put the idea into circulation that the election and economic turmoil were spurring an increase in gun and ammo sales, a score of other news outlets have published their takes on the topic. The Salt Lake Tribune got there on Nov. 6 ("Election Triggers Upsurge in... (

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United States

10 November 2008

Irish Times

CHANTILLY, Virginia — Earl Curtis's staff in the Blue Ridge Arsenal gunshop hurried to and fro on a Saturday afternoon coping with the rush of customers that has emerged in recent weeks since people realised that Barack Obama was heading to the White House. "The rush started about three weeks ago, and it hasn't stopped," Curtis tells The Irish Times . "People are afraid that we are about to go back to the days of the Clintons, except that it will be worse." The same... (

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United States

8 November 2008


PHOENIX — Sales of rifles, pistols and ammo are surging in parts of the United States, as many gun owners fear President-elect Barack Obama's administration may seek to tighten ownership of certain weapons. "The day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles," said David Greenberg, the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, who sold out of AR-15 rifles in recent days. "There seems to... (

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United States

22 October 2008

Gazette (Colorado Springs), Editorial

Brilliantly, Democrats have kept the issue of guns out of the presidential campaign. Guns have barely been mentioned, with the exception of Barack Obama's gaffe about rubes clinging to Bibles and guns, his cautious support of the Supreme Court's Heller decision, and pop culture references to GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin killing moose. Democrats have long been on the losing end of the gun-rights debate, which has cost them countless elections. Quietly,... (

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United States

18 October 2008

Nevada Appeal

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware said Friday that Nevadans shouldn't listen to claims he and Barack Obama would take away the right to bear arms. "I get a kick out of, sometimes, the NRA saying we're going to take your shotguns away," he said in a telephone interview with the Nevada Appeal. "I've got three shotguns, although my son thinks one of them, the over-under, is his." "Both of us believe strongly in the Second Amendment," Biden said.... (

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United States

15 October 2008

Daily News-Miner (Alaska)

WASHINGTON — With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, Alaskans are taking a close look at where the major-party presidential contenders stand on gun control and Second Amendment rights. The right to bear arms has been front and center in the presidential race, thanks in no small part to the presence of Gov. Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket. Palin has played up her hunting credentials and been an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, which reads "A well... (

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United States

15 October 2008

Associated Press

BOSTON — John McCain supports background checks for buyers at gun shows and has his name on a law restricting special-interest group advertising, two positions strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association. So how'd he end up with the group's presidential endorsement? By running against Barack Obama, whom NRA leaders accuse of wanting to put the firearms industry out of business. "Hillary was right: You can't trust Obama with your guns," the association's... (

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United States

13 October 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Joe Biden won the endorsement Monday of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The group is named after Jim Brady, the press secretary to former President Reagan, who was gravely wounded by a gunman who tried to assassinate Reagan in 1981. Paul Helmke, the organization's president, said Obama and Biden would strengthen background checks on gun purchasers, get assault weapons off the streets and give law enforcement more tools to... (

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United States

13 October 2008

Boston Globe / Political Intelligence

John McCain has backing from the National Rifle Association. Today, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence threw its support to Barack Obama. "Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden know that we make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in this country," Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, said in a statement. "They know that our weak gun laws have too many loopholes, which lead to over 30,000 deaths and 70,000 injuries from guns... (

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United States

7 October 2008

Daily American (Pennsylvania)

Wyoming Gov. David D. Freudenthal will be stopping in Somerset today to talk with sportsmen about Sen. Barack Obama's views on gun rights. The stop is one of four on a tour of small towns in western Pennsylvania sponsored by the Obama campaign. Freudenthal will also be speaking to voters in Grindstone, McDonald and Tarentum. Allison Price, Obama spokeswoman, said both Obama and Sen. Joe Biden believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. "They will... (

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United States

24 September 2008

CBS News (USA)

The defining moment in the National Rifle Association's eight-figure advertising offensive against Barack Obama takes place about 15 seconds into a new spot featuring Karl Rusch, a white, middle aged Virginian clad in hunting gear. After claiming that Obama supports "a huge new tax on my guns and ammo," Rusch closes the door of his truck and turns directly to the camera. "Where is this guy from?" he asks. "He's probably never been hunting a day in his life." The... (

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United States

23 September 2008

Washington Post / The Trail, Web Page

The National Rifle Association is likely to spend "in the eight figure range" on radio and television advertisements in the next 42 days as part of its efforts to deter undecided voters from voting for Barack Obama, according to an NRA spokesman. The group will air a series of ads starring group members that openly question Obama's commitment to protecting gun rights. Ads will air on radio stations and during local cable television ad breaks in Colorado and New Mexico... (

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United States

22 September 2008

ABC News (USA) / Political Punch, Blog

"Defend freedom," urges the National Rifle Association's new TV and radio ad campaign. "Defeat Obama." The powerful gun owners' lobby today announced it is firing away at the Democratic presidential candidate with a cache of TV and radio ads in New Mexico, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. The ads will run on cable TV in all three battleground states: CMT, CNN, DISC, ESPN, ESPN, ESPN News, ESX, FXNC, GOLFm HIST, MIL, NFL, Outdoor Channel, Speed, Spike, TBS, TNT, TWC, and... (

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United States

15 September 2008

BBC News / Talking America

Carol Ruh cried the first time that she held a gun. Visiting a shooting range in Arizona while on holiday with her husband, her anti-firearms views made the trip an upsetting experience. But after she told the staff of her discomfort, she underwent an epiphany. "It was one of those life-defining moments," she recalled. "The gentleman behind the counter said: 'It's not the gun that kills, it's the person behind it.' And that made a lot of sense to me. "If your heart... (

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United States

4 September 2008

National Journal (USA)

By now, millions of Americans have seen photos of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin testing weapons while visiting members of the Alaska National Guard in Kuwait. But it wouldn't be surprising if millions more in battleground states get to see similar pictures soon — plus appearances by Palin herself — in states where gun rights are a big issue, courtesy of the National Rifle Association's fat $40 million budget for this year's elections and parallel plans by... (

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United States

1 September 2008


Conservative Republican prayers for the November 4 presidential election may have been answered. John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate sends a clear message to the party's conservative religious base: God and guns are on the ticket. Conservative Christians and analysts say the 44-year-old devout born-again evangelical and mother of five has the "right stuff" to energize this base, from her staunch opposition to abortion... (

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United States

29 August 2008

National Post (Toronto)

The long, low halls of Columbine High School are lined with blue lockers and crimson history, decked with hand-drawn posters for Bible Study and the Knitting Club, cruised by laughing teens in Hollister and Aeropostale, then eerily silent when the classroom doors swing closed. We are nine years removed from the mass murder-suicide that happened here, and 10 miles south of a national political gathering at which the quieting of America's guns has never been... (

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United States

25 August 2008

Politico (Washington, DC), Web Page

DENVER — It was on July 23 last year in Charleston, S.C., that Joe Biden really showed what he is made of. It was at a Democratic debate — one of approximately 700 or 800, as I recall — that was sponsored by CNN, Google and YouTube. Via a video clip, a man identifying himself as Jered Townsend from Clio, Mich., said: "To all the candidates, tell me your position on gun control, as myself and other Americans really want to know if our babies are safe." Then... (

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United States

9 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Both violent and property crimes declined in 2007 from the previous year, the FBI reported Monday. But one expert warned the figures could mask rising murder rates among young black men. In preliminary figures for crimes reported to police, the bureau said the number of violent crimes declined by 1.4 percent from 2006, reversing two years of rising violent crime numbers. Violent crime had climbed 1.9 percent in 2006 and 2.3 percent in 2005, alarming... (

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United States,Caribbean,Central America,South America

19 March 2008

NACLA Report on the Americas Vol. 41, No. 2

In 1997, President Bill Clinton, standing beside Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo in the Organization of American States' flag-bedecked Hall of the Americas, declared: "Gun trafficking is an issue of national security for our governments, and a matter of neighborhood security for all of us in the Americas." The presidents had joined together to sign an OAS treaty known as the Firearms Convention, or by its Spanish initials as CIFTA, designed to end the illicit... (

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United States

7 December 2007

Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Iowans should press presidential candidates for their views on assault weapons in light of Wednesday's shopping-mall massacre in Omaha, a national gun-control advocate said Thursday. Most Democratic candidates support reinstating a federal assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004. Most Republican candidates oppose reinstating the ban, saying it was ineffective. Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Thursday that the 30-round... (

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United States

23 October 2007

Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Brian Halterman is keeping an eye on how presidential candidates answer gun control questions. Halterman, a 39-year-old rural Keokuk resident, has noticed the issue has not taken center stage as it had in previous elections, and that is a concern to him. "For me, it's a fairly large issue," Halterman said, just moments before an appearance of Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson this month in Fort Madison. "I collect antique weapons, and I believe I have... (

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United States

25 July 2007

Detroit Free Press

CLIO, Michigan — Jered Townsend is a single, 30-year-old gun enthusiast who lives north of Flint on a rural road with his parents and his baby. Well, "baby" is his way of putting it. He doesn't have children. As America learned Monday in a nationally televised debate featuring Democratic presidential candidates, Townsend's baby is a Bushmaster AR15 semiautomatic rifle, all black and polished and pretty. He does like his weapons. Townsend brandished his rifle in a... (

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United States

14 May 2007

Miami Herald

The second in an occasional series about the presidential candidates' views on issues important to Florida. In his first trip to Florida as a presidential candidate, Republican Mitt Romney went to a gun show. The former governor of Massachusetts chatted up corporate executives and mom-and-pop dealers in Orlando at the gun industry's annual trade exhibition, the largest showcase in the world for weapons ranging from black-powder muskets to semiautomatic rifles. But... (

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United States

10 May 2007

New York Times, Editorial

The tragedy of our runaway gun culture can only deepen now that it's clear the new Democratic Congress operates in fear of the gun lobby's well-practiced demagoguery and rich campaign treasury. A collective silence descended on the Capitol after the pro forma expressions of outrage over the Virginia Tech gun massacre. Truly responsible lawmakers would put political survival on hold and shut two of the most lethal loopholes in gun control created by the... (

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United States

28 April 2007

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Column

It seemed like a curious question to pose to a presidential candidate. But given current events, it wasn't totally irrelevant. During last week's debate among Democratic candidates for president, NBC News anchor Brian Williams asked for a show of hands: How many had ever kept a gun in their home? After the massacre of 32 innocent people at Virginia Tech University by a deranged gunman, it seemed like a timely — albeit "loaded" — question for the men and woman... (

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United States

18 April 2007

Associated Press

Gun-control efforts in recent years have focused on renewing a federal ban on assault-type weapons that expired in 2004 and requiring background checks for buyers at gun shows. Those efforts have fallen short. Gun-rights advocates prevailed with a law shielding gun-makers and dealers from civil lawsuits brought by victims of gun violence. A look at positions and records of the presidential candidates on gun control: DEMOCRATS: Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: Voted for ban... (

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United States

18 November 2006

Washington Times, Editorial

The incoming Democratic powers-that-be in the congressional leadership and on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are a who's who of the gun-control movement: Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Leahy, John Conyers, Dick Durbin, Joseph Biden, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and Herb Kohl, to name a few. If and when gun control roars back to life in 2007-08 — we expect that it will — the data unearthed this week in these lawmakers' own backyards by reporter Matthew... (

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United States

9 November 2006

CNS News (USA)

The midterm election may have been a referendum on the president, war, corruption, and scandal, but "it does not translate into greater support for gun control at the grass roots level," says a gun lobby group. "If anything, gun control was notable as a non-issue in this election," said Gun Owners of America in a news release. A leading gun control group, however, says quite the contrary: "In this election, the gun issue was in play, gun violence prevention groups won... (

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United States

8 March 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — More than 40 terror suspects were able to buy firearms in the United States last year because background checks showed they had no felony convictions and weren't illegal immigrants, according to a government report released Tuesday. Gun control advocates cited the Government Accountability Office's study, "Gun Control and Terrorism," as evidence that stricter laws are needed to prevent terror suspects from buying firearms. The GAO said the FBI could do a... (

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United States

5 April 2002

Denver Post (Colorado), Opinion

In recent months, Democratic Party leaders have struggled to overcome what they contend is a negative stereotype, created by the GOP, that paints all Democrats as gun-control extremists. Having worked with many Democrats over the years, we can say for the record that not all members of the party are extremists on the gun issue — just their leaders. So long as the party elevates the likes of Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Kennedy, Dick Gephardt, Joe Biden,... (

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United States

29 October 2001

Los Angeles Times

Back when Los Angeles Police Det. Pat Barron was a patrol officer, he had a standard tactic for separating abusive spouses. He would make a solemn face, mumble something about the power vested in him by the state, then declare a 48-hour divorce. It even worked sometimes. Today, Barron laughs at the memory, so at odds with modern practices. Changes in the social, political and legal environment concerning domestic violence have been profound, transforming law... (

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United States

11 October 2001


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to strengthen aviation security-including a provision that would allow pilots to carry guns-as it tries to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11 attacks. The measure would also require government employees to take over baggage screening and authorize the government to put an armed air marshal on every flight to prevent hijackers from taking over aircraft and using them as missiles, as they did on the... (

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United States

11 January 2001

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

WASHINGTON — With one down and at least two bruising fights to go, the battle over President-elect George W. Bush's Cabinet appointments is threatening to renew partisan warfare even before the new president takes office. Tuesday's sudden exit of Linda Chavez as labor secretary-designate inflamed conservatives, consolidated liberals and set up John Ashcroft's nomination for attorney general as the next round of partisan trench warfare in a Senate evenly split between... (

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United States

9 January 2001

ABC News (USA)

A coalition of Democrat-leaning interest groups has launched a campaign to torpedo President-elect George W. Bush's nomination of former Sen. John Ashcroft as attorney general. Two hundred Democratic-leaning organizations have formed a coalition against John Ashcroft, promising to fight tooth and nail against the confirmation of President-elect Bush's nominee for attorney general. When Bush made Ashcroft, a former senator from Missouri and one of the body's most... (

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