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Gun Policy News, 30 March 2000

États-Unis

30 March 2000

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

WASHINGTON — President Clinton pressed Congress on Wednesday to pass new gun controls by April 20, the anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School last year. Clinton likened the need for gun controls to the requirement for metal detectors in airports and driver's licenses and speed limits on highways, saying that simply punishing criminals for using firearms after the fact will not stop the problem of gun violence. "I think that it's just wrong to say that,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Wall Street Journal

The Clinton administration and some of its gun-control allies are rolling out a new potential weapon to battle firearm companies: antitrust law. The attorneys general of Connecticut and New York have launched a joint civil antitrust investigation into whether the gun industry has illegally tried to harm Smith & Wesson Corp. in retaliation for its agreement to a controversial litigation settlement, state officials said. U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who has led... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Washington Post

The National Rifle Association has found an unlikely star for a new television commercial attacking Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal to require locks on all new handguns sold in Maryland: Parris N. Glendening. In a barrage of commercials that will air across the state beginning tomorrow, Glendening (D) is shown haplessly fumbling with a gun lock during a recent news conference that left him and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) laughing. "If your family's... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Baltimore Sun

The National Rifle Association, alarmed at the prospect that Maryland could become the first state to require built-in gun locks, is preparing a television ad campaign ridiculing Gov. Parris N. Glendening and his gun safety legislation. The governor is delighted. Bill Powers, an NRA spokesman, said the organization has footage of Glendening fumbling with one of the locking devices at a recent public appearance amid laughter from onlookers. He said the footage might be... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

New York Times

Smith & Wesson, which recently agreed to restrictions on the way it makes and distributes handguns, has come under such fierce financial pressure from other firearms manufacturers and dealers opposed to the agreement that state officials have started antitrust investigations of the industry. Federal, state and city officials are also trying to protect Smith & Wesson by persuading police agencies nationwide to buy its weapons. The effort to help Smith & Wesson comes... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Washington Post

President Clinton campaigned yesterday for two of the foremost items on his legislative agenda this spring, ridiculing the National Rifle Association for its opposition to gun control measures and claiming that there is no sensible reason to oppose granting permanent normal trading privileges to China. (snip) Democrats are presenting a far more united front on gun control, and Clinton continued what has become a near-daily rhetorical volley with the NRA. He said... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Time (USA)

Rather like the class snitch who returns to the schoolyard after tattling on his classmates, gunmaker Smith & Wesson appears to be feeling the effects of breaking ranks with its fellow firearms manufacturers. On March 17, the Massachusetts-based firm signed a historic agreement with state and federal government agencies in which the company agreed to implement several safety measures, including trigger locks, on its weapons. In exchange for Smith & Wesson's commitment,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Washington Post

Moses came packing to Georgetown University last night, warning of a culture war and "an overwhelming Orwellian tyranny sweeping this country." "Our culture has traded in the bloody arena fights of ancient Rome for state fights on Sally, Ricki, Jerry, Maury, Jenny and Rosie … Our one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all, now seems more like the fractured streets of Beirut, echoing with anger." Thus spake Charlton Heston, retired actor, celluloid Moses... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

In a room that seemed inhabited by the spirits of slain nonviolence advocates Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, Denver gun-control advocate Tom Mauser was hopeful Wednesday that gun-control forces will eventually prevail, despite recent setbacks in the Statehouse. As the keynote speaker at the annual Season for Nonviolence awards luncheon, the father of slain Columbine student Daniel Mauser said the state Legislature was "ideologically disconnected" with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30 March 2000

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) / Cox News

AUSTIN, Texas — At an early morning photo-op in an open field near Houston, George W. Bush learned how guns can backfire. "I look. I fire. I didn't hear anybody tell me not to shoot," he said at the time, echoing an explanation commonly offered after a gun mishap. On that late summer day in 1994, Bush fired seven times and connected once. He downed a killdeer, a species protected by state law. The gunplay cost Bush a $130 fine and a heap of campaign trail... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 March 2000

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

A recent jump in the number of guns being used in local crimes has police Chief Bob Wasylyshen worried that firearms are being smuggled into the city. The chief's not the only one worried. Top city cops say they've seen a meteoric rise in the number of illegal firearms on the streets, and they're bracing for bloodshed. "There seems to be a bit of a rash in the use of firearms in the last couple of months," Wasylyshen said yesterday. "In spite of all the efforts to... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Oregonian (Portland), Opinion

As a gun owner and hunter, I'd like to make it clear that Michael Brown ("NRA's charges reveal gun owners' bitter feelings," March 20) does not speak for this gun owner. The national debate over gun violence doesn't make me feel "demonized" or part of a "persecuted minority" as he would have people believe. In fact, I feel just fine. I believe President Clinton is right on the money on this issue. Whether you like Clinton or not, the president is being responsible on... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

American Journal of Public Health 2000;90:588-594

NEW YORK — As many as 8.3 million US children live in households with unlocked guns. According to a study in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, this includes 2.6 million children who live in households in which firearms are stored unlocked and loaded or with ammunition nearby. "Many children live in homes with firearms that are stored in an accessible manner," lead author Dr. Mark A. Schuster and colleagues report. "Efforts to prevent... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

30 March 2000

Reuters

BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and and three state attorneys general have circled the wagons around gun maker Smith & Wesson, which is drawing criticism from the National Rifle Association for agreeing to some restrictions on the way it makes and distributes handguns. "It's not so much what we did as with whom we did it," Smith & Wesson spokesman Ken Jorgensen told Reuters on Thursday. "They don't care about the agreement; but, 'how... (GunPolicy.org)

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