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posted January 11, 2011
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... [Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [New York Times, Column, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Toronto Star (Ontario), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 11, 2011
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... [Salon (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
Jared Loughner had trouble with the law, was rejected by the Army after flunking a drug test and was considered so mentally unstable that he was banned from his college campus, where officials considered him a threat to other students and faculty. But the 22-year-old had no trouble buying the Glock semiautomatic pistol that authorities say he used in the Tucson rampage Saturday that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner's personal... [Associated Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
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... [Financial Times (UK), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
A blast from a handgun ended the life of 9-year-old Christina Green, a sunny little girl who had gone to meet Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords because she wanted to learn more about politics. Christina was one of six people to die in the attack Saturday that included the attempted assassination of Giffords. Jared Loughner, a 22-year-old man believed to be mentally unstable, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. There is a particular horror about... [Montreal Gazette (Québec), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
America has recoiled in horror over the shooting rampage in Arizona but throughout the country some 30,000 people die each year of gunshot wounds — about one-third of the 98,000 who are shot. The most recent violence has turned the spotlight once again on a system that fuels gun crime and, say some, is giving in to an "extremist" minority of gun advocates at the expense of national safety. "We need more sensible laws, and we need a change in social norms," says... [Toronto Star (Ontario), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
In retrospect, it's easy to see the evidence that Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner was mentally unstable. In his community-college classes, he would laugh randomly and loudly at nonevents. He would clench his fists and regularly pose strange, nonsensical questions to teachers and fellow students. "A lot of people didn't feel safe around him," a former classmate told Fox News. Given these facts and the horrific turn of events at a Safeway supermarket on Jan. 8 that... [Time (USA), via GunPolicy.org]
posted January 10, 2011
The Tucson shooting, in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, is another tragic commentary on the poisonous political climate which has developed in the United States, allied to the country's pervasive gun culture. It is unclear why the 22-year-old opened fire with such deadly effect, slaying six bystanders, among them a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, and wounding 14 others, including Giffords, but it does appear that the Democrat... [Press (Christchurch), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
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