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  • Man accused of shooting officer was under firearms ban (Gun control works)

    12/15/2005 2:54:25 PM PST · by proud_yank · 20 replies · 692+ views
    CBC (Canada) ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | CBC News
    A 40-year-old man with a history of disputes with police has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Const. Valérie Gignac in Laval, north of Montreal. François Pepin had been charged repeatedly with issuing death threats and harassing police officers and court workers. He was under a ten-year court order barring him from possessing firearms, the CBC's Amanda Pfeffer reports from Laval. François Pepin Despite the ban, which dated from 1999, he had asked for, and was granted, permission to use a gun for hunting during the fall season. He had been charged in...
  • Grits misfire on guns

    12/11/2005 9:14:36 PM PST · by Clive · 10 replies · 468+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2005-12-11 | Sheila Copps
    Grits misfire on gunsWe were wrong on the the rifle registry and PM Martin's handgun ban is no better: It could hurt himBy Sheila Copps OTTAWA -- The phone lines to the Prime Minister are burning up. The last thing rural MPs want to talk about during this election empaign is gun control. By throwing the handgun grenade into their midst, Martin may have just kissed rural Canada goodbye. No doubt his handlers have done their math. There are more voters living in cities than in rural areas. By proposing to ban handguns, he hopes to solidify his support in...
  • The law-abiding suffer, the mugger walks free

    11/28/2005 6:19:20 PM PST · by 1066AD · 9 replies · 535+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/29/2005 | Unattributed
    The law-abiding suffer, the mugger walks free (Filed: 29/11/2005) Less than four years ago, the then Lord Chief Justice ruled that all muggers should be sent to prison for at least 18 months. Lord Woolf's sentencing guidelines, hailed at the time as a "tough new crackdown" on street crime, were to apply even to young, unarmed, first-time offenders. Lord Woolf ruled that, for people who stole mobile telephones or small sums of money in public places, "custodial sentences will be the only option available to the courts, unless there are very exceptional circumstances". At the time - January, 2002 -...
  • Liberal spin on guns is a crime (Great pre-Canadian election Editorial rant!)

    11/26/2005 10:19:53 AM PST · by GMMAC · 18 replies · 608+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sat, Nov. 26, 2005 | Editorial
    TORONTO SUN Sat, Nov. 26, 2005 EDITORIAL: Liberal spin on guns is a crime It said everything voters need to know about Prime Minister Paul Martin and the Liberals. Yesterday, in the dying hours of Parliament just before an election is forced on them Monday, they tabled a bill to, wait for it, get tough on gun crime. Of course, it will die on the order paper as soon as Parliament is dissolved -- two days from now. Among other things, the bill proposes increased mandatory minimum sentences for some gun crimes, an idea Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, who introduced...
  • Canada: Liberals to table tough gun bill

    11/26/2005 9:44:43 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 19 replies · 574+ views
    Globe & Mail.com (Canada) ^ | 11/25/05 | CAMPBELL CLARK
    Liberals to table tough gun bill Response to violent summer in Toronto will include stiffer minimum sentences By CAMPBELL CLARK Friday, November 25, 2005 Page A8 The Liberal government will table a bill to toughen laws on gun crimes and gun dealing, responding to a summer of violence in Toronto that has sent political waves through the party's ranks as an election campaign approaches. Although the bill is doomed to die with the fall of the government next week, the Liberal government is intent on getting it into the House of Commons to demonstrate it has adopted a tougher approach...
  • PM commits to gun-violence summit (Bed-wetting, Anti-gun BARF alert)

    11/22/2005 7:27:57 PM PST · by proud_yank · 9 replies · 535+ views
    Globe and Mail (canada) ^ | Nov 22, 2005 | Scott Deveau
    By SCOTT DEVEAU Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Posted at 8:54 PM EST The federal government has committed to holding a high-level summit over Toronto's gun violence, according to a coalition of Toronto's black leaders. The Coalition of African-Canadian Organizations met with Prime Minister Paul Martin in Ottawa Tuesday to urge him to recognize the issue as a national crisis. The group said Mr. Martin committed to the summit, which aims to bring together the federal, provincial, and municipal governments with community leaders in the new year to tackle the issue of gun violence head on. "This is a crisis," said...
  • Death sparks police firearms plea

    11/21/2005 4:42:21 PM PST · by Starman417 · 21 replies · 556+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/21/05
    Police officers in Scotland should be armed when responding to incidents involving firearms, according to the Scottish Police Federation. The call followed the death of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot in Bradford on Friday while responding to an armed robbery at a travel agency. But the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland said arming more officers was unnecessary. Acpos president Peter Wilson said the nature of policing was "unpredictable". The SPF said its policy since 1999 had been that police should not be routinely armed. But it said some members felt its policy should be revised since firearms...
  • SIX IN CUSTODY OVER POLICEWOMAN'S MURDER (UK)

    11/20/2005 6:03:43 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 38 replies · 1,004+ views
    Telegraph (London) ^ | 11/20/2005 | Staff
    Police are continuing to question five men and a woman about the murder of rookie woman police officer Sharon Beshenivsky , who was gunned down by armed raiders. Pc Sharon Beshenivsky: Police said the gunman had not hesitated to open fire on the unarmed officers Pc Beshenivsky, 38, who had three children and two stepchildren, was killed on her youngest daughter Lydia's fourth birthday as she arrived at the raid in a travel agent's shop in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Friday. The former childminder had been a community police officer for two years before joining the full-time West Yorkshire force...
  • Boy, 12, facing murder charge

    11/19/2005 11:40:15 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 59 replies · 1,893+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 19, 2005 | Stefano Esposito
    A 12-year-old boy was charged with first-degree murder Friday after he allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot a man four times during a street dice game in the pre-dawn hours on Chicago's Far South Side last Sunday. The boy -- one of the youngest in recent memory to be charged with murder in Cook County -- continued firing even after the 26-year-old victim fell to the ground, a law enforcement source told the Chicago Sun-Times. Deon McGary of Hazel Crest was shot in each shoulder, his right bicep and groin, another source said. The boy allegedly opened fire soon...
  • 83% say Nally should not have been jailed (Irish Farmer who shot Intruder)

    11/18/2005 5:45:04 PM PST · by Murtyo · 27 replies · 922+ views
    Irish Examiner, Cork ^ | 19/NOV/05 | Sean O'Riordan
    A MASSIVE 83% of those who responded to an Irish Examiner poll believe that Mayo farmer Padraig Nally should not have been jailed for killing Traveller John 'Frog' Ward. Out of 496 people who responded to the phone/ text poll, a total of 414 said the farmer, who was sentenced to six years, should not have been sent to prison. Only 75 agreed with the sentence handed down by the Central Criminal Court. Interest in the case has provoked major debate and last Tuesday, an RTÉ Prime Time programme on the issue recorded its second highest viewing figures ever when...
  • Police heavy-handed during raid, man says

    11/14/2005 6:05:36 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 4 replies · 365+ views
    Police heavy-handed during raid, man says Last updated Nov 14 2005 06:50 AM NST CBC News A St. John's man says police were overzealous when they raided his home Thursday. Bill Miller is the owner of Hot Diggity Dog, a sidewalk hot dog vending company in St. John's. He says police were out of line and acting on questionable information when they searched his home and business looking for guns. On Thursday, police searched a storage area on George Street used by Miller's business. His home on Feild Street was also searched. Miller says about 10 heavily armed police officers...
  • Dad of 15 jailed for shop raid

    11/12/2005 9:46:52 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 5 replies · 412+ views
    11/11/2005 - Dad of 15 jailed for shop raid Robber threatened trader with fake gun A DRUG dealing father of 15 children who robbed and threatened a 64-year-old shop worker with a fake gun, has been thrown behind bars. Tony Richards, from Coley Park, grabbed cash and gold jewellery from pensioner Margaret Chede’s Whitley Street shop in Reading on April 23. Reading Crown Court heard the 55-year-old went into Sphere Communications at 10am, shortly after Mrs Chede opened up, and pointed the weapon at her, saying: “Give me all the money you have here.” Unsatisfied with the change she handed...
  • Toronto gripped by US gun violence

    11/11/2005 1:02:46 PM PST · by jlasoon · 104 replies · 2,390+ views
    TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - Residents of Canada's biggest city are living in fear of increasing gun violence and blame their neighbour, the United States, for exporting their gun culture and weapons north, officials told AFP.
  • French youths open fire on police

    11/03/2005 5:59:21 PM PST · by wouldntbprudent · 71 replies · 1,737+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Nov. 3, 2005 | Staff and agencies
    [reports two separate suburbs where police were fired upon] also this: Bands of youths forced a team of France-2 television reporters out of their car in the suburb of Le Blanc Mesnil, then flipped the vehicle and set it on fire.
  • UK: Gun law 'puts cash before safety'

    11/03/2005 8:58:50 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 7 replies · 285+ views
    Sunderland Today (UK) ^ | 11/1/05 | n/a
    Gun law 'puts cash before safety' GUN campaigner Linda Mitchell has slammed Government claims that licensing the owners of potentially deadly air guns would be a waste of resources. Linda has waged a war on air guns after her son was shot in the face with a pellet. She won a victory when the Government announced all sales of air guns should be licensed – but she said she would not rest until all the weapons were off the streets. But she is furious at Home Office Minister Hazel Blears's rejection of moves to force all existing owners to register...
  • Home intruder dies by own blade

    11/02/2005 1:09:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies · 1,133+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3rd November 2005 | Sarah Wotherspoon, Holly Ife, and Mark Buttler
    A MAN who killed a burglar with a samurai sword is unlikely to be charged, police said yesterday. Johnny Nguyen says he grabbed the deadly blade from two attackers after he and his girlfriend were tied up. One of the intruders is dead and his injured accomplice is under police guard in hospital after Mr Nguyen is believed to have turned their sword against them. Police said last night it was unlikely Mr Nguyen would be prosecuted. "At this stage we believe he was defending himself," said acting Sen-Sgt Steve McIntyre of the homicide squad. The deadly chain of events...
  • Armed gang shoot five men in home-(shame on liberal gun grabbers)

    11/01/2005 6:21:40 PM PST · by Flavius · 24 replies · 622+ views
    bbc ^ | 11.1.05 | na
    Five men were shot when a gang forced their way into a house in east London. Two of the gang initially tried to get into the property in Walthamstow but the residents fought them off with what are described as kitchen utensils. Police said two more men then managed to get in and shot the five residents in the attack on Sunday. The injured were taken to hospital by a neighbour where three were treated for minor injuries and two are said to be in a stable condition. The four gunmen escaped in a Ford Ka and a Volkswagen hatchback...
  • No change on burglar law

    11/01/2005 11:48:06 AM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies · 400+ views
    SUN ONLINE REPORTER ^ | Nov 1, 2005
    No change on burglar law By SUN ONLINE REPORTER THERE will be no reform of the law on how much force householders can use to tackle a burglar, the Home Secretary has decided. Charles Clarke ruled that existing legislation was "sound", but needs to be better explained. Instead, a new campaign will educate the public about how far they can go to defend their property under current law. Prime Minister Tony Blair last month said he would support a change in the law, if Government consultations showed it was necessary. The move followed Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens's statement...
  • When all else fails--blame the Americans

    10/26/2005 6:46:07 PM PDT · by kerryusama04 · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Canada Free Press.com ^ | 10/25/2005 | Arthur Weinreb
    According to the Toronto Star, the Liberal government is set to announce new and tougher laws to fight crime. In addition to proposed new legislation the federal government is also considering suing U.S. gun manufactures for the fact that some of their firearms are smuggled into Canada and used by Canadians to kill other Canadians. Toronto police have estimated that 50 percent of the guns that are found on the streets of Toronto have their origins south of the border. The government intends to sue the manufacturers both in the United States and in Canada if the company has assets...
  • UK: Concern over gun rise

    10/29/2005 11:02:48 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 42 replies · 779+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/28/05 | Carron Taylor
    Concern over gun rise By Carron Taylor A senior Met police officer has warned the scourge of gun crime has spread to Wandsworth, despite the borough commander once dubbing the area one of the safest in London. The Met Police's assistant commissioner, Tarique Ghaffur, said guns were now spreading to parts of London such as Wandsworth and Putney. Gun crime has increased across Wandsworth by nearly 84 per cent over the past financial year. Mr Ghaffur, whose responsibilities include serious gun crime and divisions such as Operation Trident, said the increase in firearm incidents was part of a national trend....
  • US Must Help Control Flow of Illegal Guns (Heaving, Mega Anti-gun, Pants peeing BARF Alert!!)

    10/24/2005 2:03:44 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 32 replies · 1,369+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canadia) ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Terry Weber
    The United States has an obligation to help work toward stemming the flow of illegal guns into this country, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Monday. Speaking with reporters in Ottawa, Mr. Martin said the gun issue will be among those on the agenda — alongside softwood lumber and passport requirements — when he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Rice is in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday for meetings with Canadian officials. It is her first official visit to this country. A visit in April was cancelled, reportedly because of Canada's decision not to participate in the...
  • Alive: In a fix? Fight dirty

    10/24/2005 1:12:13 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 16 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 10/23/05 | Claire Prentice
    The Sunday Times October 23, 2005 Alive: In a fix? Fight dirty Krav maga is self-defence without the frills, it’s easy to learn and can make anybody feel more confident in a crisis, writes Claire Prentice ‘Your mum is being attacked,” screams a voice. “Look, over there.” A slim woman in a business suit and stiletto heels throws her arm out as she tries to get past a man blocking her path. “He’s pulled a knife on her.” The man towers over her, but, her face twisted in anger, she knees him in the groin and strikes his face. Had...
  • Rioting erupts on Birmingham streets (England)

    10/22/2005 7:44:31 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 56 replies · 1,896+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/23/05 | Press Association
    Rioting erupts on Birmingham streets One man killed, many hurt as racial tensions overflow Press Association Sunday October 23, 2005 The Observer One man was killed and a police officer was injured in clashes in the Lozells area of Birmingham last night. The riot, between Asian and black youths, broke out after a public meeting was held about an alleged sex attack on a teenage girl. Tensions have been high in the area since the alleged attack took place several days ago. It is claimed the girl - an illegal immigrant - had been kidnapped and raped by three men....
  • UK: Anger at Dunblane gun list delay

    10/18/2005 10:13:04 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 6 replies · 322+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/17/05 | n/a
    Monday, 17 October 2005, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK Anger at Dunblane gun list delay Relatives of those killed in the 1996 Dunblane massacre have expressed anger that a firearms database promised in 1997 has still not been set up. Parliament agreed to the measure after Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher at Dunblane Primary School. Mick North, whose five-year-old daughter Sophie was killed, said: "I... find it very surprising this hasn't been up and running for years." The Home Office said "technical issues" had delayed the roll-out of the system. Following a public inquiry into the killings, the...
  • Winnipeg becomes homicide capital

    10/18/2005 10:09:45 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 23 replies · 2,130+ views
    The Globe & Mail.com (Canada) ^ | 10/17/05 | JULIUS STRAUSS
    Winnipeg becomes homicide capital By JULIUS STRAUSS Monday, October 17, 2005 Posted at 5:57 AM EDT From Monday's Globe and Mail Winnipeg — By all accounts, Philippe Haiart was a lovable young man. Friends described the 6-foot-3, 220-pound 17-year-old as easygoing and the life and soul of a party. In his spare time he liked to eat, sleep and watch hockey. On his shoulder he carried a tattoo spelling out the initials of a friend who died suddenly of a heart disorder. A week ago today Mr. Haiart was walking though an empty parking lot 15 minutes from his home...
  • "Youths shot at our house with airgun"

    10/15/2005 10:00:10 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 50 replies · 1,012+ views
    This Is Hertfordshire (UK) ^ | 10/14/05 | Louisa Barnett
    'Youths shot at our house with airgun’ By Louisa Barnett A mother this week branded Borehamwood a lawless town' after youths terrified her family by firing an airgun at their front door. Susan Good, 43, of Grantham Green, was sitting in her front room watching television with her 14-year-old daughter, Danielle, on the evening of September 29, when they heard a loud bang at her door. One of her daughter's friends, a 16-year-old who does not wish to be named, was standing outside when the airgun pellet shot past him and into the door. "I didn't know what was going...
  • Brazil Nearing Gun Ban Referendum

    10/14/2005 6:51:21 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 29 replies · 921+ views
    The Info Zone ^ | 10/14/05 | James Murray
    Brazil is preparing to hold a referendum on October 23, 2005, that is seeking to ban all gun and ammunition sales to private individuals. "Whatever the referendum result is, the mortal blow to our business has already been delivered by the 2003 gun controls law," commented Antonio Alves, the president of the National Gun Owners and Vendors Association. Alves states that the number of firearms shops fell over 80 percent to about 250 in Latin America's largest country from some 1,500 after a strict strict new law was enacted in December 2003. That legislation calls for psychological exams, shooting and...
  • Britain to tighten up air gun sales

    10/13/2005 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Cagey · 50 replies · 807+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-13-2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Sales of air guns are to be restricted to registered dealers under regulations announced by the Home Office Thursday. Dealers will have to pay 150 pounds and prove to police they are fit to sell the weapons. The rule changes, part of an amendment to the Violent Crime Reduction Bill, also outlaws selling airguns by mail order or over the Internet as all sales must be face-to-face. Dealers selling airguns without registration will face up to five years in jail or an unlimited fine or both. The clampdown comes after the death of a two-year-old Scottish boy...
  • Children shot in schoolyard attack (In China)

    10/13/2005 12:05:29 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 72 replies · 3,992+ views
    The Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | October 113, 2005 | From correspondents in Beijing
    A CHINESE man shot and injured 16 young schoolchildren as they were doing their morning exercises, Xinhua news agency said today. It was the latest in a wave of school attacks to shock the country in recent years. The middle-aged man opened fire with several home-made guns at the children at the Niutoushan Primary School in impoverished eastern Anhui province yesterday morning, Xinhua said. Seven of the 16 wounded were in serious condition in hospital in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang. One man working near the school tried to stop the shooting but was knocked down by the gunman as...
  • More proof that Ottawa's gun registry is useless

    10/11/2005 1:15:23 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 14 replies · 689+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, October 11, 2005 | Lorne Gunter
    More proof that Ottawa's gun registry is useless Lorne Gunter National Post Tuesday, October 11, 2005 There were 622 homicides in Canada last year, a sharp rise of 12% from 2003, according to Statistics Canada. Yet as tragic as each of those murders was, 622 is still, thankfully, a small number. There are several U.S. cities with as many murders each year as all of Canada, or nearly so. Chicago and Los Angeles record around 600 annually; so does New York (down from about 2,200 as recently as 1990). Canada has probably reached the theoretical floor for murders. Expect...
  • Enya Escapes Intruder By Hiding In Panic Room

    10/08/2005 4:40:15 PM PDT · by Burr5 · 151 replies · 5,986+ views
    The Independent | 10-6-05 | David McKittrick
    The Irish singing star Enya is recovering after a narrow escape from an intruder at her supposedly secure castle near Dublin. The entertainer locked herself in a panic room and activated a panic button after discovering that a man had made his way through the castle's defenses. The intruder, who tied up a maid during the two hour incident, made his escape before police arrived.
  • Report adds fuel to gun registry debate

    10/07/2005 11:30:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 745+ views
    EDMONTON SUN ^ | October 7, 2005 | DOUG BEAZLEY
    Most murder guns in Canada are never registered with the Canadian Firearms Centre, according to a new Statistics Canada report. The new Juristat study - a version of which reported over the summer that Canada's murder rate jumped 12% in 2004 after a three-decade slide - says that registration information on murder guns was "unknown" to police in more than half of homicides reported between 1997 and 2004 where the gun was recovered. Gun registry opponents say that proves the registry - two years and more than a billion tax dollars later - is a failure. "First, 65% of firearms...
  • Gun foes warn Florida tourists about new law

    10/04/2005 4:33:31 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 37 replies · 927+ views
    The Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | Oct 4, 2005 | By CURT ANDERSON
    Gun foes warn Florida tourists about new law By CURT ANDERSON Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Posted at 8:30 AM EDT Associated Press Miami — Clark Ramm sees shades of the Wild West in Florida's new law giving greater legal protections to people who shoot or use other deadly force when threatened or attacked. "It seems like everybody ought to be packing a piece," said Mr. Ramm, a visitor from Ukiah, Calif., who found out about the law Monday from a gun-control group handing out leaflets at Miami International Airport. "I don't know if that's the right thing to do." The...
  • UK: Boy, 10, held for firing a toy weapon

    09/30/2005 11:03:44 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 36 replies · 1,121+ views
    Surrey Online (UK) ^ | 9/29/05 | Stephanie Turner
    Boy, 10, held for firing a toy weapon Sep 29 2005 By Stephanie Turner A YOUNG boy was arrested and put in a police cell for six hours after brandishing a £5 plastic toy gun in the playground of his Smallfield school. Elaine Hampson, headteacher at Burstow School, in Wheelers Lane, contacted the police after the youngster fired the imitation weapon during a break. He was later arrested because the pellet had hit another pupil. Owen Smith has now been temporarily excluded from the school and a letter has been sent to all parents explaining the situation. The boy's father,...
  • Cotler rejects tougher gun sentences (Canada)

    09/23/2005 1:57:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 442+ views
    The Brandon Sun ^ | September 22nd, 2005 | Wire Services
    TORONTO — Canada’s justice minister says the country’s gun laws are among the toughest on the books, and he dismissed calls for new minimum sentences as ‘‘a quick-fix solution’’ to a spate of gunplay in Toronto. Irwin Cotler made the remarks Wednesday before hosting a one-day forum on urban violence at the University of Toronto, to which 120 city and government leaders were invited. The meeting was called to address Toronto’s escalating gun violence, which has claimed 41 lives this year. ‘‘We have a very tough regime already in place. That’s why we have to look to other initiatives that...
  • Scotland tops list of world's most violent countries

    09/20/2005 7:55:35 AM PDT · by Valin · 62 replies · 8,304+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/19/05 | Katrina Tweedie
    A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. England and Wales recorded the second highest number of violent assaults while Northern Ireland recorded the fewest. The study, based on telephone interviews with victims of crime in 21 countries, found that more than 2,000 Scots were attacked every week, almost ten times the official police figures. They include non-sexual crimes of violence and serious assaults. Violent crime has doubled in Scotland over the past 20 years and levels, per head of population,...
  • Don't blame U.S. for Toronto gun crime, Wilkins says

    09/15/2005 8:24:11 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 14 replies · 1,069+ views
    Globe and Mail (AKA Whine and Wail) ^ | 9/15/2005 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    By ALEXANDER PANETTA Thursday, September 15, 2005 Updated at 6:35 PM EDT Globe and Mail Update Canadians shouldn't blame their southern neighbour for the spike in gun-related violence in Toronto, says the U.S. ambassador in Ottawa. Any urge to point the finger at the U.S. for weapons smuggled across the border is simply misguided, the diplomat said Thursday. “I don't think it's fair,” he said. Canadians seeking a scapegoat should look in the mirror, he suggested. “The majority of guns coming from the United States are purchased by Canadian citizens,” mR. Wilkins said. “(This is) in violation of our state...
  • Gun smuggling is 'easy'

    09/15/2005 10:03:21 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 14 replies · 579+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 9/15/05 | CORINNE ABRAMS
    Gun smuggling is 'easy' By CORINNE ABRAMS Sun Online AS Britain struggled to understand yet another brutal gun murder in the wake of the Harvey Nichols horror, a former armed response officer told us of the ease at which guns were being smuggled into the country. Roger Gray, who worked with SO19, the armed response unit of the Metropolitan Police, revealed guns were coming in to the country through sea ports, in luggage and lorries. The smuggling of the weapons, some of which he said were manufactured in India and China, others sold in Eastern Europe, was made easier due...
  • Rare drop in gun deaths in Brazil

    09/04/2005 5:47:26 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 15 replies · 442+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/4/05 | Steve Kingstone
    For the first time in 13 years Brazil has seen a fall in the number of deaths caused by firearms. Last year 36,000 people were killed by guns - a drop of 8% from 2003, according to the health ministry. The government says the change is due to innovative disarmament measures, including a gun buy-back scheme. The figures were released on Friday, seven weeks before a national referendum on whether to ban outright the sale of guns. There are more gun deaths in Brazil than in any other country, and since the early 1990s the annual number of fatalities has...
  • UK: Plan for airgun register

    09/09/2005 12:16:58 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 22 replies · 353+ views
    8 September 2005 PLAN FOR AIRGUN REGISTER A NEW register for those who buy and sell airguns is being considered by the Cabinet. After intense lobbying by the Executive, the Government at Westminster have agreed for new regulations on the weapons but are refusing to impose an outright ban. The moves follow a public outcry after the death of toddler Andrew Morton. He died in March after he was shot in the head by an air rifle pellet fired by junkie Mark Bonini in Easterhouse, Glasgow. The killer was jailed for life last month and ordered to spend at least...
  • Gun regulations delayed one year (Canada)

    09/08/2005 11:46:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 399+ views
    CANOE ^ | September 7, 2005 | NA
    OTTAWA (CP) - In what has become a familiar refrain, the Canada Firearms Centre has once again quietly put off several gun regulations that were supposed to take effect this month. Among the measures delayed until next year is a provision to have police forces across Canada register all their weapons - including seized guns - with the federal agency. New rules governing gun shows have been deferred until November 2006, while regulations that would force gun-makers to identify all firearms with internationally recognized markings won't come into force until the end of 2007. The provisions were initially supposed to...
  • Jury hears dad, 21, killed by crossbow was involved in row over girlfriend

    09/08/2005 11:32:02 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 11 replies · 508+ views
    Old Bailey jury hears dad, 21, killed by crossbow was involved in lengthy row over his girlfriend A dad-of-one killed with a crossbow in New Addington was embroiled in a long-running feud over a woman, a court has heard. Danny Collard, 18, is accused of murdering 21-year-old Jimmy Hewett in a revenge attack on September 25 last year. The Old Bailey heard on Monday how Collard's brother Mark had been in a long-standing row with Mr Hewett because he slept with the victim's girlfriend. On the night he died, Mr Hewett "rammed and battered" cars with two friends outside the...
  • Hunters blast Ontario gun inspection plan

    09/06/2005 10:39:48 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 9/2/05 | n/a
    Hunters blast Ont. gun inspection plan Canadian Press Friday, September 02, 2005 KENORA, Ont. -- A plan to conduct “blitz inspections” on Toronto gun shops as Canada's largest city battles a string of shooting deaths is getting shot down by two groups representing Ontario hunters. The Ontario Federation of Anglers, which represents tens of thousands of gun owners and hunters, says the plan is a waste of police resources on an industry that is already rigorously inspected. “Gun shop owners already invest thousands of dollars in vaults and security systems, they keep log books of guns and ammunition sold and...
  • Angler In Gun Rage Over Dog

    09/06/2005 10:42:39 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 6 replies · 282+ views
    Mirror.co (UK) ^ | 9/3/05 | n/a
    3 September 2005 ANGLER IN GUN RAGE OVER DOG AN angler pulled out a air pistol and threatened to kill a springer spaniel when it drank from the lake where he was fishing, a court heard yesterday Giuseppe Graffagnino, 42, brandished the gun above his head as he ranted at owner Susan Nesbitt: "My rods are worth £200 each - more than your dog. I could shoot it.". Police called by Mrs Nesbitt to Cotswold Water Park in Cirencester, Glos, found he also had a rifle, cannabis and a CS gas canister, magistrates at Cheltenham were told. Graffagnino, of Hartcliffe,...
  • Ontario to blitz gun shops

    09/02/2005 9:15:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 680+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 1, 2005 | ALLISON DUNFIELD
    In an effort to stem a recent rash of gun violence in Toronto, the Ontario government announced it will begin conducting sweeps of gun shops to help reduce the number of illegal guns in the city. "[We want] to ensure that we have safe standards in place," said the province's Attorney-General Michael Bryant at a press conference in Toronto Thursday. However, Mr. Bryant said the sweep will be limited to businesses and not individual homes, as that is the purview of the federal government and the gun registry. The government is also taking a number of other measures aimed at...
  • Brothers deny vicious attack

    08/29/2005 12:30:10 PM PDT · by jb6 · 9 replies · 392+ views
    wh times ^ | 17 August 2005
    THREE brothers kicked a man "like a football" before turning on his girlfriend as she tried to shield him, a court heard. The victim suffered severe internal bleeding and had to undergo emergency surgery following an attack outside Pizza Hut on Howardsgate, WGC, last year. One policewoman described the subsequent arrest of the brothers as the scariest moment of her career. James, 25, Jack, 21, and Joseph Hurt, 19, of The Wade, WGC, appeared in St Albans Crown Court last week charged with causing GBH with intent and affray. The jury heard that in the early hours of Saturday, October...
  • So much for gun control

    08/29/2005 7:50:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,441+ views
    The Edmonton Sun ^ | August 29, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    When we first read the headline in last Thursday's Sun - "Feds taking aim at gun violence" - we thought that there must have been some mistake. Gun violence? What gun violence? We have a very expensive national gun registry that was put into place to ensure that every firearm in Canada can be tracked. We have cumbersome regulations in place that make it more difficult for Canadians to buy guns. We have armies of bureaucrats shuffling paper to and fro to make sure that everything related to guns in this country is all very above-board and law-abiding. So there...
  • Toronto Cops Ticked-off by Controversial T-Shirts

    08/28/2005 3:31:48 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 44 replies · 2,054+ views
    Toronto Cops Ticked-off by Controversial T-shirts Aug, 26 2005 - 9:00 AM TORONTO/640TORONTO - Some T-shirts being worn by young people in Toronto are irritating Toronto cops. The shirts have a picture of a gun, with the captioon, "Rule 1: Be Armed.'' The shirts aren't illegal, just in bad taste. Sgt. Rob Hargan says kids wearing them will be "hassled.'' But 640 Toronto crime expert and host of The Beat Craig Bromell says that's about all police can do because there's nothing illegal about them. There are suggestions that two of the shirts have been seized.
  • Anti-gun activist shot

    08/28/2005 3:28:15 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 44 replies · 1,242+ views
    Canada.com/National Post ^ | 8/26/05 | Natalie Alcoba
    Anti-gun activist shot Scarborough man killed at site of his annual Stop Violence BBQ Natalie Alcoba National Post Friday, August 26, 2005 TORONTO - A father was gunned down last night in the same Scarborough apartment building courtyard where he weeks ago staged a ''Stop-the-Violence'' barbecue, residents said. The shooting of the man -- identified by friends as Delroy, but known as ''Sploogle'' -- happened just before 7 p.m. on the basketball courts of an apartment building at 3181 Eglinton Avenue East, near Markham Road. Police said there was an altercation, and he was shot more than once by a...
  • Raiders storm petrol station

    08/23/2005 10:56:16 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Express & Star News (UK) ^ | 8/22/05 | Sue Smith
    Raiders storm petrol station By Sue Smith Aug 22, 2005 Pistol wielding raiders stormed into a Kidderminster petrol station and held a cashier at gunpoint. Two men in balaclavas launched a night-time swoop on the Lynwood Service Station, also known as the Rosehill Garage, Rednal. There were no customers in the Texaco garage at the time but one of the men put a pistol to the head of the cashier, a man in his 40s, and threatened to shoot him. Initially the cashier, who has not been named, refused to hand any money over to the robbers and managed to...