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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - August 12, 1993, Hutchinson, Kansas Courthouse tragedy sparks calls for tougher gun laws in Kansas By John Hanna Associated Press Writer TOPEKALast weeks violence at the federal courthouse here has some legislators talking about gun control even as they watch to see whether Congress will Jack Gary McKnight was able to jbuy three handguns on the after noon of 4 at a Topeka sporting goods even though he had pleaded guilty in federal court to felony He then used those guns in his attack on the Frank Carlson Building the next Congress has before it the socalled Brady which would impose a fiveday waiting iperiod between the purchase and possession of The meas ure is named after James a presidential press secretary Iwounded in an assassination at on President Reagan in But the Legislature has before it a proposal to impose a threeday waiting period in It re ceived almost no attention last but some legislators believe it should be an issue when lawmakers convene again in I think more and more people are at least wanting to talk about the said state House Minor ity Leader Tom I think people out there are fed up with violent crime and want us to do other legislators are skeptical about the chances that a guncontrol bill will be considered in given the states west rural Some of them Crime Continued from Page 1 better armed than the police of ficers of a Why do we do rit We shouldnt and we ought to stop On his Clinton said he would sign the executive orders because the efforts to keep handguns out of the hands of criminals cannot and should not for passage of the Brady bill that calls for a fiveday waiting period and a required background check on Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control said one of the orders would close a tremendous loophole created when President Bush banned imports of assault style rifles in it will affect rela lively few as only such weapons the Uzi Spectre and the Heckler Koch SP89 were imported last said Jack Killorin of the Bureau of Tobacco and The ban would not block al ready approved import but there are just two of them for and one that covers guns will expire in two Killorin In Bushs ban halted permit applications for 1 million assaultstyle including AK ATF officials said Clintons second executive or der requires a review of rules to tighten gun dealer regulations that let virtually unsupervised individuals who pay the threeyear license fee sell guns of their homes or believe its an issue Congress alone should In western we still think we probably ought to have our said state Senate Majority Leader Sheila R I cant predict that anyone will introduce In two Kansas mem bers are sponsors of the Brady Nancy Kassebaum and Dan Kassebaum said she is disturbed that a convicted felon like McKnight could have obtained weapons so But she and Kansas Attorney General Bob Stephan doubt that state legislation will be particularly Both said people could easily go across state lines to ob tain guns and Stephan called state laws and local or dinances political If were looking to have an ef fective waiting then it really needs to come from the Stephan Ben A member of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Com which considers such legis he said he is not a strong supporter of gun control I dont support having these is lands of gun he The federal Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms has said McKnight was able to purchase the guns because he simply lied about his criminal background when fill ing out a form at the sporting goods McKnight faced 10 years in prison on one charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and one charge of illegal use of a fire arm in drug His which left a security officer dead and five people occurred just hours before his scheduled We know the person was a con victed said FBI spokesman Jeff We know that if there was something in the system that would have checked he would not have been able to buy those Stephan said a waiting period would give the Kansas Bureau of Investigation time to check the backgrounds of people who want to buy it might allow peo ple bent on violence to cool The National Rifle which opposes the Brady has argued that creating a national system for checking backgrounds instantly would be far more ef fective than a waiting Stephan noted that only a few states have such a system in We need to ask how long it would take to institute a national registry and what states can do said state Marge The bill before the Legislature was introduced by freshman Carolyn It did not even receive a hearing this Lana R chairwoman of the Senate Federal and State Affairs promised that her committee will have a hearing if a bill is introduced in the Market booming for Beretta s 9 mm pistol The Baltimore Sun The semiautomatic 9 mm pistol lying on Robert Bonaventures desk has a lot to do with his sense of Bonaventure is head of Beretta and the gun he picked up and waved about is almost iden tical to those the company makes for the Beretta has used its military contract to establish such a strong position in the domestic firearms market that even when its Army order is filled next the company expects no slowdown in With sales Berettas Maryland operation head quarters of the Italianbased com pany is in an enviable position for a defense especially during these times of sharp Pen tagon budget Beretta is talking about an ex pansion of its Pocomoke factory that could more than double its And while the Defense Depart ment is ordering fewer fighter planes and its looking at buying even more Be retta pistols than the orig inally To the com pany has shipped about small The companys favorable position is no Bonaventure Its part of a carefully planned strategy dating back to 1980 when the De fense Department decided it wanted a 9 mm replacement for the vintage Colt which had been the primary side arm since before World War The plan was to win the military contract and use it to make Beretta a household name in the United States in hopes of tapping into the larger law enforcement and com mercial Thats Bon aventure the company has been selling pistols to the military for about each close to production By Beretta charges police departments between and for basically the same depending on quantity and whether it is fitted with night vision For the suggested retail price is but Bonaventure said most dealers discount that The strategy appears to have Berettas began showing up on the silver Bruce Willis brandished one in the Die Hard Mel Gibson tucked a 16 shot Beretta in his belt for the Lethal Weapon film The together with the companys reputation for has turned the Accokeek division into a millionayear with the bulk of sales going to police departments and private Bonaventure He de clined to discuss but its a profitable Hutchinson News August Page Work crews continue construction of the altar at the Cherry Creek State Park in Pope John Paul Associated Press photo II will greet participants of World Youth Day Saturday at the park and will also say a Mass at the site Sunday Continued from Page 1 By 6 thousands more were arriving by bus in the citys cen ter to be on hand for the Inter national Meeting for World Youth Day Opening Mass and Cere mony to be held at in the Civic Center led by Archbishop Francis of The incoming groups included 25 buses from Kansas Wichita carrying Kansas Catholic youths about 40 from A spokesman for the Univer sity of where the Kansans were to stay Wednesday said the group would attend the Opening Mass in Denver and were due to arrive on campus in Boulder at 11 to stay in dorms selling everything from hotdogs and cotton candy to World Youth Day shirts and were set up on the sidewalks and in tents at loca tions throughout the parks and outdoor malls in the landscaped Standing out were those selling foam rubber scribed by some as pope Kevin was selling the hats for each he works for Fame a company that supplies custom souveniers to some of the largest rock concerts in the he Youll see Fame vendors at U 2 at the Rolling The you name Vogt One youth wearing a foam miter was Thomas of Chapel Asked what it will be for to see Pope John Paul at the upcoming mass on Thomas Pretty cool its a onceina lifetime The he is like Jesus on He represents Jesus on Asked if he knew how the Pope was he All the car dinals vote on Hes a cardi turning to his he Doesnt he have to be from Rome Or from Poland or some thing No one was sure about that It was a little more clear for Angelita of who was in Denver with a group of 400 from the Browns The Pope is the person chosen from the Catholic religion as our our spiritual Angelita He is very she He goes to confession and to adoration every The Pope should not be thought of as a she Jesus was she The Pope is only a But he follows the teachings of The youth event was a source of joy for Savier Hung a 31yearold electrical engineer from who was with a group of about 20 Vietnamese A native of South Vietnam who escaped the Communistheld country in Pham was revel ing in the loving atmos phere of the youth We are meeting people from all different he Its All are your Jesus is all around It feels like my home We are wait ing to see our Father the We are so excited to see At a busy a group of Catholic sisters in white habits were handing out brochures en titled Message to the Youth of the which included ex erpts from an address by Pope John Paul A youthful wearing dark smiled when asked her Sister John she acknowledging that it was a pretty special name to In Denver for the Popes she belongs to the Order of the Little Sisters of the a worldwide group she is stationed in This will be the first time she will see Pope John Paul al though she once saw Pope Paul IV once in when she was four years she I was on my fathers in Vatican and the Holy Father stopped and put his hand on my she Asked how she describes being in the presence of a she The only thing greater is to meet the Lord Almost everyone on the side walks and in the parks was wear ing a tag of some ranging from yellow participant worn by the youth to red shuttle bus to the blueandwhite press pases worn by news reporters and photogra phers from all over the Registration procedures for news media required cover let ters from reporters news two passportsized Social Security birth dates and other personal One photo was kept on file the other encased in the plastic coated pass that was worn around the Only people with passes will be allowed into many of the mass youth events especially the all night vigil and campout scheduled for Saturday in Cherry Creek State on Denvers southeast where up to people may stay to await the Popes Mass at A covered outdoor stage and high altar is being built in the severalsquaremile Many youths Wednesday were wearing Tshirts purchased from sidewalk were dozens of different for and The messages were catchy Feel the Power World Youth Day World Youth Day Pope John Paul II Meets Presi dent and the tennis shoe commercial Life is Short Pray World Youth One ice cream vendor was sell ing popesicles for an advertised price ol BO cents and two Hail The vendor claimed to have popesicles made with 100 percent holy Thursdays events are to in clude the Popes arrival at Stap leton where he will be greeted by President All motels in Denver were full of World Youth Day pilgrims the overflow filled most of the motels in surrounding as well as church school auditoriums and a number of corporate facilit ies that donated space for lodg In the Radisson Hotel in Den vers all 739 rooms were The Radisson rooms go for to for regular then go on up in price to the Western Room on the 22nd It takes more than an interstate to make a city prosper Jon Daveline responded to my June 6 letter to Dan with a letter to the Western Front and to The following is my reaction to Jons Daveline In a 30year 1950 to the period when the inter State system was being built in these are the population changes which occurred in cities in southcentral and western Kansas 20 percent population growth 60 percent population growth 36 percent population growth 35 percent population growth 89 percent population growth 61 percent population My reaction I knew that Newton did not experience a 36 percent population growth before or after the 50 bypass and 135 were So I looked up the federal census figures for 1960 to 1980 Census I960 I970 1 Salina Hutch These statistics do not reflect any eco nomic stimulus of significance because of the presence of i In the case of increased jollege enrollment and the presence of petroleum around McPherson account for increases in Fort Hays State University and Emporia State Univeristy experienced a dramatic increase in college Enrollment after World War Oil was discovered near Increased college enrollment not only brings more students tb but more teachers and suppliers of the materials necessary for I growth and population growth in urban areas depend upon many True growth depends upon the condition of the overall national and It depends upon the quality of leadership available in each The availability of modern technology is very The ability of local through to make use of this technology is The influences of national weather and floods cannot be The major factor is the quality of the local They must have a united will to forge The spirit of cooperation is a The quality of local schools is very Is local education only symbolic of the or does it prepare children to become dependable producers in the community and to start up local small businesses Are local leaders preparing for new jobs in the city to hold their newly am bitious young people People in any society must discover that their lives are Each citi zen contributes to or detracts from the dynamics of any local Until Wich ita and Hutchinson begin to address the logic in all of these the building of a new fourlane Highway 96 at a cost of million will be nothing but a token When the dump trucks and road graders are parked and the people along 96 are fenced off the we are back to and the tax payers have a million bill to The following statistics are taken from a 50 book published by Mike 1990 Kansas FY 19901994 Highway Im provement Time has revealed the grandiose scale of the It amounted to overkill in the matter of building roads in It also reveals the incomprehensive ability of the state to pay for such a magnificent plan as a result of underestimating income from tax hikes and underestimating the cost of construc The plan called for major priority substantial maintenance and system This is the highway improvement programs es timated construction cost major modifi million priority million substantial mil lion and system mil Substantial maintenance and priority bridges would require Estimated stategenerated state highway FY Increases in motor fuel million Registration million Sales million million Bond Sales and The increase in motor fuel tax would have covered substantial maintenance and priority bridges and improving railroad Anyone who has followed this program must conclude that major modification and system enhancement has invited in pedd lers of Blue Sky and peddlers of Pork in the state Large contractors with inside connections in Topeka are the Highway improvement program es timated construction cost major modifi priority bridges substantial mil lion and system mil Substantial maintenance and priority bridges would require Estimated stategenerated state highway FY Increases in Motor Fuel Tax mil lion Registration Fees million Sales Tax million Other million Bond Sales and The increase in motor fuel tax would have covered substantial maintenance and priority bridges and improving railroad Anyone who has followed this program must conclude that major modification and system enhancement has invited in pedd lers of Blue Sky and peddlers of Pork in the state Large contractors with inside connections in Topeka are the real People who will never drive on some of the roads will pay taxes well into the 21st Keynesian eco nomics has never taken firm root in a true growth I doubt if Keynes would have approved of borrowing He at last have If you must borrow borrow for But the planners knew that all the increased taxes would not carry the pro gram into They approved borrowing million in 1993 and million in But something has gone wrong with the estimated income and the estimated cost of The state started borrowing in I called the state treasurers office to ask how much we borrowed in was referred to Michelle in the state treasurers depart She told me that she would call me back after she called up the figures in her She called back and told me the state had borrowed million for the highway program in if the computer wasnt wrong or if Michelle didnt make a the tax payers have a debt of million to service and a great deal of the major modification and system enhancement has not even been The proposed re building of H96 which I am especially concerned about will start at Maize in 1994 and work toward The Yoderj section will be started in The ball park estimate for this 31 miles was The Kansas Department of Transportation now thinks it will cost No contracts have been let and no land Not only did the com mittee plan on tax increases in the state and borrowing state the also planned on federal t Mayor Broadfoot wants federal funds taj hire 200 The Attorney General is going to ask for funding for women who had money to pay for breast implants and are now seriously And woe is do not now have the money to have thej gook removed from their bodies or foij doctors j The federal government would not aej tually distribute funds for the roads to But it gives Kansas the authority to incur or in other a1 line of All federal and state taxj ation and borrowing impacts on each taxj payer in all 105 counties of j Ross Perot needs to update his flip President Clinton needs someone with common sense to make some flip charts of his It wouldnt hurt for Governor Finney to stay in her office enough to become the administrator of the She needs a set of flip charts to make her face The laws of eco nomics and mathematics are They cannot be remade at the whim of every activist group in the CerJ tainly the Amish at Yoder have done nothing but create a way of life which is conservative and peaceful and costs the1 state very They should be left alone while the urbanites stew in their own DON MCGUIRE Newton