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posted January 11, 2011
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... [Republic (Indiana), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [East Valley Tribune (Arizona), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Canadian Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [New York Times, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Bloomberg (USA), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Chicago Sun-Times, Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Toronto Star (Ontario), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Canadian Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [CBS News (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
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