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Gun Policy News, 12 January 2011

États-Unis

12 January 2011

Financial Times (UK)

President Barack Obama's administration took on banks and the insurance industry in his first two years in office but made a political calculation that challenging the US gun lobby was a step too far. The shooting rampage and attempted assassination of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday is raising questions about whether the accused gunman, a 22-year-old who was rejected when he tried to join the army, had a police record and... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

The Hill (Washington DC)

A spokesperson for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill on Wednesday afternoon that the congressman plans to introduce legislation that will allow members of Congress to carry weapons both in the District of Columbia and on the House floor. "There is a rash of legislation further infringing on Second Amendment rights that has been unwisely proffered in the wake of events in Tucson," Gohmert told The Hill in a statement regarding the proposed legislation. "If... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

New York Times

The F.B.I. said on Wednesday that federal background checks on people in Arizona seeking to buy handguns had increased sharply since Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and Representative Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. There were 263 background checks in the state on Monday, the first weekday after the shootings, compared with 164 on a corresponding Monday last year. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,États-Unis

12 January 2011

Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Michael Ignatieff says the shooting rampage at a weekend political meeting in Arizona demonstrates the need for strict gun control. The Liberal leader says the tragedy — in which six were fatally gunned down and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — "redoubles" his conviction that firearms should not be easily accessible. "I think the conclusion I draw from these terrible events in Tucson, which have just seared us all, is the simple importance... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie,États-Unis

12 January 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

At the most direct level, the explanation for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murders of six others, including a child and a judge, lies in the mind of the deranged perpetrator. We might ponder how easily the suspect became one of the 40 per cent plus of Americans who own a firearm. There is a strong correlation between the number of guns in a society and deaths resulting from them. Although we should not leap to simple explanations, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

A new state lawmaker is bringing her concealed gun into the Senate despite signs on the doors making the building a weapons-free zone. And the president of the Senate doesn't intend to do anything about that. Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, said she has had a gun for years. And when a new law kicked in last year allowing anyone to have a concealed weapon, she began carrying a .380 Ruger in her purse. "I believe that my responsibility is to protect myself," she told... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Republic (Indiana)

New sheriffs in California's Sacramento and El Dorado counties say that, despite the deadly Tucson shootings, they are preparing to fulfill their campaign pledges to make it easier for residents to obtain concealed weapons permits. El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Saturday's attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, which left six dead and 14 others wounded in Arizona, hasn't dissuaded them from fulfilling their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexique,États-Unis

12 January 2011

Christian Science Monitor

MEXICO CITY - The Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and the ensuing debate over gun laws is resonating in Mexico, where drug trafficking gangs, often armed with weapons smuggled from the US, are carrying out a violent campaign in which assassinations and mass shootings are all too common. The governor of Sonora, the Mexican state bordering Arizona, said Monday that the shooting raises security concerns on both sides of the border. Gov. Guillermo Padrés... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

CNN, Opinion

The assassination attempt and mass killing in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday was reportedly committed with a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine that held 31 bullets. The shock of having a member of Congress shot in the head at close range has led many Americans to wonder: Was it a mistake in 2004 for Congress to sunset the assault weapons ban, which, among other things, banned the manufacture or import of new magazines holding more... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Australian (Sydney)

A coalition of politicians opposed to gun control in the US is expected to frustrate any renewed attempt to limit access to weapons. This comes in the wake of the Arizona shootings. The gun rampage by a man believed to be mentally disturbed has prompted many calls to tone down the rhetoric in US politics. But pressure for gun control is all but absent from debate among senior US political figures about responsibility for the massacre. University of Virginia politics... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined at City Hall by other area mayors and U.S. Rep. Pete King, outlined on Tuesday a series of steps to prevent another shooting tragedy following the assassination attempt of an Arizona congresswoman. Mr. King, a Long Island Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he will introduce legislation that would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of high-profile federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

New York Times, Editorial

Representative Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, has proposed a bill that would prohibit the carrying of a gun within 1,000 feet of a member of Congress or other high-profile government official. That's a worthy notion, so far as it goes. But how about going a step further and prohibiting the carrying of a semiautomatic weapon around 9-year-old girls? Or 79-year-old women? Or any of the other victims who were shot down in the Tucson parking lot on Saturday?... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

Police and gun dealers say Glock semiautomatic pistols, including the lightweight model allegedly used in the Tucson rampage last weekend, are among the most popular firearms in the U.S. because they are easy to use, reliable and accurate. "The Glock is a very popular weapon, generally not only with the law enforcement but with civilians," said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents about 330,000 street-level officers. "It's... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Globe & Mail (Toronto), Opinion

I walked into a drugstore in Phoenix the night after the Tucson shooting and saw toy guns for sale. They were a garish red plastic, with bright orange tips, and bore the notice that it's strictly illegal to paint the guns in any way to resemble real ones. Yet here, as Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik declared after the shooting, just about anyone can buy and carry a gun almost anywhere at any time. So why bother with toys? Sheriff Dupnik is the one politician... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Washington Post

The road to firearms policy in America is paved in blood. Every major change in the regulation of U.S. gun ownership was prompted in part by a national gun tragedy, such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or the attempt on the life of President Ronald Reagan. The 1960s killings of Kennedy, his brother Robert and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led to the Gun Control Act of 1968, the cornerstone of gun law in America today. The 1981 Reagan shooting,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

National Public Radio (USA), Opinion

Gun rights advocates and right-wing radio talkers have accused their critics of exploiting the massacre in Tucson, Ariz., for political gain. Firearms control activists have responded to the Saturday shooting by decrying the right's increasingly mainstream theme of "Second Amendment" solutions to "government tyranny" and Sarah Palin's online 2010 campaign map, which featured gun-sight cross hairs over targeted districts. Mental health experts, cautioning against... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

CBS News (USA)

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson Saturday, pundits have spent countless hours debating the role of Sarah Palin in the story - despite the fact that there is no evidence that alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner is a Palin supporter or had ever seen or heard her rhetoric. What they have spent less time discussing are the tools that allowed Loughner to allegedly carry out the attack - the high powered weapon and ammunition that helped him do so much damage so... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - The attempted assassination of a U.S. congresswoman has put the hot-button issue of gun control back in the national spotlight, but even after a bullet to the brain left their colleague fighting for her life, Capitol Hill legislators are shying away from significantly toughening up gun laws. A pair of them, in fact, have their own only-in-America solution: they'll pack some heat themselves. Two House of Representatives lawmakers -- Republican Jason... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Everyone is trying to draw political lessons from the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Other than the obvious — that in a nation where any loon can own high-powered weaponry people will be shot — I'm not sure there are any. True, the political atmosphere in America (and, to a much lesser extent, in Canada) is harsh. True also that right-wing cable channels like Fox News amplify such toxicity. But those who find this novel forget their... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Chicago Sun-Times, Editorial

We saw it with the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, with the rampage at Northern Illinois University a year later, and now with Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson. In each of these tragedies, the killer was a young man who, despite showing clear signs of mental illness, had no trouble purchasing a gun. Even the most staunch pro-gun advocate should be able to see the value in keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of people with severe mental illness. Yet, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

Gabe Zimmerman, John Roll and Christina Taylor Green, once a little ballerina, have something in common. They, along with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 16 others are now, very sadly, on the bloody roll of the almost 1 million people who have been shot over the past 10 years in America; more than 300,000 of them, like Gabe, John and 9-year- old Christina, were killed. And yet, too many of our leaders in Washington have ignored the wishes and pleas of the majority... (GunPolicy.org)

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Inde

12 January 2011

Kanglaonline (India)

Social Activist and Film Maker from Manipur State chosen for a national film festival "National Documentary and Short films on Gender" organized by International Centre of Excellence in Youth Development and School of Gender Studies, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt of India. A documentary film, "The Story of Manipur Women Gun Survivors" produced by Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,Indonésie,Serbie,Jordanie,Afghanistan

12 January 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

Zastava Oruzje, a Serbian weapons maker, made $17 million of sales abroad in 2010 and expects the figure to rise 30 percent this year as a result of contracts to sell sniper rifles to Jordan and Indonesia, Blic reported, citing General Manager Rade Gromovic. The maker of handguns, military and hunting rifles also plans to continue supplying the Iraqi and Afghan armies until at least 2014, the newspaper... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Salon (USA)

I just spoke with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., about where things stand on the Hill on her proposed ban on high-capacity magazines. The takeaway: It's going to be a tough battle to get any sort of new gun legislation through Congress. "The NRA is out there already saying it's a slippery slope -- that if we take away the large magazines we're actually going to try and take away their guns, forgetting to mention that the Supreme Court has already said that everyone has... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis,Canada

12 January 2011

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The political shooting tragedy in Arizona should make Canadians more protective and proud of this country's gun-control system, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says. Speaking publicly for the first time about the shooting incident in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and a congresswoman fighting for her life, Ignatieff said he's even more determined to fight Conservative efforts to abolish the long-gun registry. "Tucson tells me that Canada needs to... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis,Australie

12 January 2011

New York Times, Column

Jared Loughner was considered too mentally unstable to attend community college. He was rejected by the Army. Yet buy a Glock handgun and a 33-round magazine? No problem. To protect the public, we regulate cars and toys, medicines and mutual funds. So, simply as a public health matter, shouldn't we take steps to reduce the toll from our domestic arms industry? Look, I'm an Oregon farm boy who was given a .22 rifle for my 12th birthday. I still shoot occasionally... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Background checks for handgun sales spiked in Texas and other states just two days after a mass shooting in Arizona left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. Texas saw the number of background requests rise to 724 on Monday, up from 621 on the corresponding Monday in 2010, according to FBI records. But workers at some North Texas gun stores said they didn't have as big an increase as they expected in actual sales of guns, ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

The Hill (Washington DC)

The White House has disappointed gun-control advocates on and off Capitol Hill with its silence on the issue. Although President Obama ran on campaign vows of reinstating the assault-weapons ban and closing the gun-show loophole, among other reforms, he's been all but mute on those issues since entering the White House two years ago — a silence that's continued in the wake of Saturday's shootings in Arizona. Gun-control advocates, who are backing a series of reforms... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Aurora Sentinel (Colorado), Editorial

While political leaders continue to lash out at the media and each other for suggesting that hyped, inflammatory political speech was somehow to blame for the Tucson, Arizona massacre that left six dead and more wounded, a much clearer and obvious concern demands America's attention. Just like Columbine, like Virginia Tech, like the Binghamton shootings, Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner was an obviously psychology ill man who would not, or could not, and... (GunPolicy.org)

Lire l'article complet : Aurora Sentinel (Colorado)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Fox News (USA)

MESA, Arizona - You might think Saturday's tragedy in Tucson would hurt sales at gun shops, but you'd be wrong. Steven Zacher with Glockmeister in Mesa says sales have skyrocketed. "Overall order numbers have doubled, if not above doubling," he said. Sales are even greater for the kind of ammunition used by Saturday's gunman. "Individual items like magazines are up in the case of this particular magazine are up about 100 percent," said Zacher. "The 33 round 9mm... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Boston Globe, Blog

Because of their high-profile nature, mass murders are often exploited to advance some political agenda, and this is especially true when it comes to the role of firearms. Mass shootings have served as ammunition in the debate over gun control, but used, ironically enough, by advocates on both sides of the issue. In the wake of particularly deadly and widely publicized shootings, gun control proponents have argued that the carnage would not be so great were it not for... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

12 January 2011

Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama) / AP

MOBILE - Authorities said it appears that an 18-year-old man accidentally shot his cousin thinking she was a burglar. Mobile County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lori Myles told the Press-Register 26-year-old Joy Logan of Bay Minette was shot to death about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Logan and her aunt were visiting a family member in the hospital. When it started to get late, the aunt told Logan to spend the night at the aunt's home. Logan took the key and went to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Lire l'article complet : Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama) / AP

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