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WAGCEVP
July 10, 2003, 08:30 PM
> UN: Global Action Needed on Small Arms
>
> Press Release
> Human Rights Watch
> 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
> New York, NY 10118-3299
> Phone: 212-290-4700
>
>
> New York, NY - The global spread and rampant misuse of small arms and
> light weapons requires a reinvigorated international response, Human
> Rights Watch said today (Monday). More than 100 governments will gather in
> New York July 7-11 to assess progress in stemming the trade in small arms
> since a U.N. Program of Action was agreed two years ago.
>
> "Governments have a long way to go to address the scourge of small arms,"
> said Lisa Misol, arms trade researcher with Human Rights Watch. "They
> should start by cleaning up their own behavior."
> Civilians around the world are at the mercy of small arms-wielding
> abusers, including those of rebel forces and government armies.
>
> In a new briefing paper released today, Human Rights Watch documented
> numerous recent examples of small arms abuses:
> Small arms have been misused by governments and rebel forces in Burma,
> Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Macedonia,
> and Nepal, and in fighting in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
>
> In post-conflict Afghanistan and Iraq, the widespread availability of
> small arms has threatened security, undermined the rule of law, harmed
> peace-building efforts, and put civilians in grave danger.
>
> Small arms also are used to carry out abuses in countries not affected by
> war - such as Cambodia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, and Serbia.
> The U.N. Program of Action focuses on preventing illicit trafficking in
> small arms. It does not deal with misuse and only addresses government
> responsibility in relation to preventing the illegal arms trade.
>
> The U.N. process has helped bring attention to the global problem of small
> arms and led to progress in some areas, Human Rights Watch noted, but
> further work is needed.
>
> "This human rights crisis demands a human rights response," Misol said.
>
> Human Rights Watch called on governments to prevent and punish small arms
> misuse, both by government agents and private actors. Governments also
> should cease authorized arms transfers to abusers and tighten controls to
> prevent and punish illicit arms trafficking and irresponsible internal
> weapons circulation.
>
> Key elements of a human rights-centered approach to small arms include
> government action to:
> Fulfill existing government responsibilities to comply with international
> humanitarian and human rights law, and ensure that police and armed forces
> strictly uphold international standards.
>
> Ensure adequate laws are in place to punish the misuse of small arms by
> private actors, and that these are effectively implemented and enforced.
>
> Stop authorizing "legal" arms transfers to abusive recipients and adopt
> binding instruments on arms transfers that contain strong human rights and
> humanitarian criteria, such as the proposed international Arms Trade
> Treaty.
>
> Close legal loopholes and strengthen lax controls that allow gray market
> trade in weapons to thrive and hold arms traffickers accountable,
> including by negotiating binding international treaties on arms brokering
> and marking and tracing.
> Date of Release: July 7, 2003

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WAGCEVP
July 10, 2003, 08:31 PM
July 7, 2003
>
> UN Small Arms Agreement Poorly Implemented: New Report
>
> Press Release
> International Action Network
> on Small Arms (IANSA)
> Box 422, 37 Store St
> London, WC1E 7BS
> UK
>
> Contact:
> Jessica Galeria
> Phone: 917-710-4296
>
> Governments Must Reaffirm Political Will
>
> A new report published today finds that two years after a UN agreement on
> stopping gun proliferation, few governments have made much progress. The
> report comes as member states meet in New York to review progress toward
> implementing the UN Programme of Action to combat illicit trafficking in
> small arms.
>
> The IANSA Report: Implementing the UN Programme of Action 2003 evaluates
> progress in 156 countries and has been compiled by over 100 local
> researchers and experts from the Biting the Bullet project. Small arms,
> including handguns, rifles and long guns, cause 500,000 deaths a year -
> taking one life every minute. The humanitarian impact and political,
> social and economic costs of the spread of these weapons can be seen from
> Iraq to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
>
> The report finds that despite their obligations under the UN Programme of
> Action on small arms:A third of all states have yet to establish a
> national contact point on small arms.
> Only 37 states have established national committees to co-ordinate action
> on small arms.
> Only 65 states have submitted national progress reports to the UN.
> Only 19 states have launched a review of national small arms legislation.
> Progress has been particularly slow in countries in North Africa, the
> Middle East and parts of Asia.
> Yet the report also finds that significant progress has been made in some
> countries and that the involvement of civil society has been essential to
> this progress. The most successful initiatives in the last two years have
> been partnerships between governments and NGOs, and progress has often
> been slowest in countries where civil society is excluded.
>
> The report identifies a number of priorities for governments to combat gun
> trafficking, including:Establish national contact points and coordinating
> bodies for small arms control and develop national action plans for arms
> management and disarmament.
> Review and strengthen legislation controlling manufacture, possession,
> trade, transfers and brokering of small arms.
> Expand weapons collection and disarmament programmes and strengthen
> security of state stockpiles.
> Increase the financial and technical assistance available for small arms
> initiatives and integrate small arms control into development programmes.
> Launch negotiations to establish an international instrument to mark and
> trace small arms and a treaty regulating arms transfers.
> Rebecca Peters, Director of IANSA said: 'While governments meet in New
> York this week, over 7,000 people, mostly civilians, will be killed by
> small arms. Nearly all those deaths are preventable and will serve no
> national security purpose. It's time for government and civil society to
> work together to stop the killing.'
>
> Paul Eavis, Director of Saferworld said: 'In many parts of the world
> little has happened since the UN Action Programme was agreed, although
> significant progress has been made in some countries. This conference is a
> vital opportunity for states to reaffirm their commitment to tackling
> small arms trafficking.'
>
> Kevin Clements, Secretary General of International Alert, said:
> 'Governments must work more closely with civil society groups to convert
> their promises into actions. Despite a number of successful partnerships
> between states and civil society, many governments still believe that
> small arms are an issue that should be cloaked in secret. The report
> suggests, however, that transparent policies concerning legal weapons
> generate much more stability than policies that are opaque.'
>
> The IANSA Report: Implementing the UN Programme of Action 2003 is produced
> by the Biting the Bullet project run by International Alert, Saferworld
> and the University of Bradford. It is published by International Action
> Network on Small Arms - the global network of over 500 organisations
> working to combat gun violence.
>
> To view the report, visit www.iansa.org/documents/03poareport.
>
> Date of Release: July 7, 2003

WAGCEVP
July 10, 2003, 08:33 PM
July 7, 2003
Foiled Massacre Leads Ceasefire New Jersey to Exclaim: "Get Guns Out of
Homes Now!"
>
> Press Release
> Ceasefire New Jersey
> 1995 E. Marlton Pike
> Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
> Phone: 215-518-3140
>
> Contact:
> Bryan Miller
> Phone: 215-518-3140
>
> Three Teen Boys in South Jersey Had Plans for a Columbine Type Massacre
> and Arsenal from Home to Accomplish It, According to Camden County
> Prosecutor
>
> Trenton, NJ - Ceasefire New Jersey, the statewide coalition of groups and
> individuals devoted to reducing gun violence, called on parents to remove
> guns from their homes following news reports on the foiling by police of a
> Columbine-type massacre planned by three Oaklyn (Camden County) teens.
> According to reports, the three were captured, after a failed carjacking,
> in possession of "high-powered rifles," shotguns and handguns early
> yesterday morning. Police, apparently, also found more guns at the homes
> of all three teens, as well as plans to commit a massacre of students and
> other Oaklyn residents. The Camden County Prosecutor said that the guns
> were the property of the eldest teen's father.
>
> Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire NJ, said: "First, Ceasefire
> New Jersey commends the Oaklyn Police Department for its quick and
> absolutely effective action in foiling what could have been a horrible
> tragedy. But, we should not have to depend on law enforcement to
> proactively protect us from such events. It is time for parents to remove
> guns from their homes to prevent more potential tragedies such as what
> almost occurred yesterday. That Oaklyn almost suffered a Columbine-type
> tragedy because young people had easy access to guns is an example of why
> parents need to act now."
>
> "The gun lobby has worked hard to convince Americans that they need guns
> in their homes for protection. As a result, too many parents have guns in
> their homes because they believe they will be safer. The reality is
> they're putting their families, their friends, their neighbors and, as
> this near tragedy so vividly shows, even innocent people outside the home
> at greater risk of gun violence," said David Matos, Board Chair of
> Ceasefire NJ.
>
> Matos continued: "For the sad fact is, that no matter the care parents
> take to store their guns, it is impossible to store them so that clever
> and determined young people cannot get their hands on them. So, the only
> solution is to keep guns out of homes.
>
> Miller said: "Some unanswered questions still exist, such as whether all
> the guns came from the eldest teen's father's home, and how the guns were
> stored. And, Ceasefire NJ calls on the Camden County Prosecutor to
> investigate whether the parents of the two younger teens are eligible for
> prosecution under New Jersey's Child Access Prevention Law." New Jersey's
> child access prevention law (or CAP law) makes it a crime for a person to
> leave a loaded gun at a place in their home where the person knows or
> should know that a minor (15 or younger) is likely to gain access to the
> gun. The law applies once the minor gains access to the gun, even if the
> gun was not used. The law does not apply if the gun had a trigger lock or
> was locked or stored in a safe location, or if the gun was taken from the
> home in a burglary.
>
> "But, more than any legal or legislative point, Ceasefire NJ believes that
> public attention should be directed to the fact that, if there had not
> been an abundance of guns available for these teens to take, there would
> be no story warranting such attention, and there would have been no
> potential massacre," said Miller.
>
> A recent study showed 22 suicides (attempted or completed), homicides or
> unintentional shootings for every justifiable shooting of an assailant or
> intruder.
>
> Kellerman, AL, Somes G, Rivara F, et al, Injuries and deaths due to
> firearms in the home. Journal of Trauma 45: 263-267, 1998.
>
> Date of Release: July 7, 2003
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WAGCEVP
July 10, 2003, 08:35 PM
: Gun Used in Mo. Factory Shooting Once Belonged to State Police


>
> July 7, 2003
>
> Gun Used in Mo. Factory Shooting Once Belonged to State Police
>
> The gun used in the killing of three workers at the Modine Manufacturing
> Company in Jefferson City, Mo., previously belonged to the Missouri State
> Highway Patrol, Fox News reported July 3.
>
> In response, Missouri Gov. Bob Holden called on the state police to review
> their policy of selling old weapons to the public.
>
> According to authorities, the gun was legally sold to a gun dealer in
> Jefferson City. The gun still bears the patrol's emblem and the initials
> "MSHP."
>
> The .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol was sold to Jonathon Russell in
> June. Russell, who worked at the factory, pulled out the concealed handgun
> just minutes after the evening shift began.
>
> "He bragged to a bunch of guys how it was a real sweet shooting gun," said
> Mack Yarnell, a third-shift worker at Modine. "He was real proud of it."
>
> Sheriff Dennis Crane said Russell completed all the necessary paperwork to
> purchase the gun. "We checked him out in the computers and he had no
> criminal record, so there was no reason not to issue the permit," Crane
> said.
>
> In addition to three workers killed, five others were wounded in the
> shooting.
>
> Authorities are still trying to piece together a motive for the shooting.
> Roger Hetrick, a spokesman for Modine Manufacturing, said Russell was on
> probation for frequently missing work.

pytron
July 10, 2003, 09:02 PM
A recent study showed 22 suicides (attempted or completed), homicides or unintentional shootings for every justifiable shooting of an assailant or intruder.

Kellerman, AL, Somes G, Rivara F, et al, Injuries and deaths due to firearms in the home. Journal of Trauma 45: 263-267, 1998. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the conclusion of this extremely flawed study was that 22 deaths for every justifiable shooting of an assialiant or intruder THAT ENDED IN THE ASSIALIANT OR INTRUDER'S DEATH. And originally it was 43, but was corrected by the study's author.

Can't even keep their own lies straight.

Standing Wolf
July 10, 2003, 09:54 PM
Can't even keep their own lies straight.

Well, no, but they at least repeat them with great freqency. If you can't sing good, sing loud, right?

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