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September 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
A week after a gunman killed seven people and himself at a Fort Worth church, Texas Gov. George W. Bush said Tuesday that it is time to get tougher on criminals illegally possessing guns. Bush, the Republican presidential front-runner, said the way to make streets safer is to vigorously enforce existing federal and state laws. "We have some very tough laws against gun violence in Texas, and federal law with its mandatory sentences is tough as well," Bush said.
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September 18, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A church. A high school. A day-care center. A hospital. A stock brokerage office. If there is any thread linking the recent wave of mass shootings in America, it is that they have taken place in public spaces, areas long thought to be immune from the violence that typically erupts behind closed doors, or at least out of public view.
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September 17, 1999 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The church slaughter in Fort Worth pushed guns back to the fore of the 2000 presidential campaign Thursday and dropped the issue squarely on the porch of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who has consistently opposed stiffer efforts to control firearms. The GOP presidential front-runner cut short a campaign swing through Michigan to fly home and visit with some of the hospitalized survivors. At a news conference, he again ruled out the need for stronger gun controls.
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September 17, 1999 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recent shootings in Littleton, Colo., Los Angeles, Atlanta and Anaheim were far away. But this time, eight people had been shot to death at a Fort Worth church in the backyard of Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican firmly opposed to gun control. But unlike congressmen from Colorado and Georgia who softened their stands against gun control after school shootings in their states, Barton remained steadfast Thursday. "I'm certainly upset that this happened in my district," he said in an interview.
NEWS
September 3, 1999 | Associated Press
A majority of Californians believe the need for tighter gun control outweighs concerns about protecting the rights of individuals to own firearms, and that tougher legislation would reduce violent crime, a new poll says. The Field poll released Thursday found that 64% of those surveyed believe that gun control laws are more important than those protecting gun ownership rights. Thirty percent said the right to own guns is more important.
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August 9, 1999 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
For parents otherwise eager to shovel their children out of the house and back into the classroom, here are some numbers worth a moment's pause: More than half of all 12th-graders report having used alcohol within the last month. More than one-third of 12th-graders have smoked cigarettes within the last month. For people 15 to 24, the second-leading cause of death (after accidents) is murder--fully 85% committed with a gun. Ever since the high school massacre in Littleton, Colo.
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July 31, 1999 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Against the backdrop of the latest killings to transfix the nation, Congress on Friday broke a months-long logjam and took a step toward passing gun control legislation before children return to school this fall. In a 305-84 vote, the House directed its representatives on a House-Senate committee drafting juvenile justice legislation to include a provision requiring background checks for all purchasers of firearms sold at gun shows.
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July 16, 1999 | EDWIN CHEN and JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton joined more than 90 high school students visiting from Denver on Thursday in urging Congress to pass gun control legislation that is facing obstacles on Capitol Hill. "For the past three months, the gun lobby has been calling the shots on Capitol Hill," Clinton said during a South Lawn appearance with the students.
NEWS
July 12, 1999 | Associated Press
The NAACP will sue handgun manufacturers, distributors and importers, seeking restrictions on the marketing and sale of firearms in hopes of keeping guns from criminals, sources said Sunday. Sources within the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a formal announcement of the suit will come today from NAACP President Kweisi Mfume at the group's 90th annual convention.
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June 18, 1999 | JANET HOOK and NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Handing a victory to the gun lobby, the House early today voted to substantially water down proposed new regulations on the gun shows, where hundreds of thousands of Americans shop for firearms. The House proposal, approved on a vote of 218 to 211, requires background checks for all gun show purchasers, including those who buy firearms from unlicensed dealers. Currently, such transactions do not require background checks, which are designed to prevent felons from buying guns.
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