New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 31, 1995, Page 5

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, March 31, 1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5House ready to tackle gun control issue WASHINGTON (AP) — Char-mainc Klaus, a grandmother from Waterford, Mich., used a handgun to wound an assailant who had shot and killed a clerk in her store. David Joo, a gun merchant, defended himself with firearms during the 1992 Los Angeles nots. They are among eight witnesses who were to tell similar stories at a House subcommittee hearing today as the Republican-controlled Congress opens its attack on gun control laws. Republicans have made repeal of the ban on assault-style firearms that was part of last year’s $30 billion anticrime law a top priority. Democrats, including President Clinton, have pledged to fight GOP attempts to undo gun control laws. The House plans to vote in May on legislation to repeal the ban. And Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., a consistent gun-control opponent, told a National Rifle Association official in a recent letter that he hoped to have such a bill on Clinton’s desk by summer. The eight witnesses are “new voices from a broad cross-section of the country” that haven’t yet been heard in the debate, said Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on crime. McCollum said the focus of the hearing was the need for firearms for self-defense. “It will address the question: What are the legitimate uses of We have some reasonable, responsible, effective gun laws in place. Gun laws that are helping to save lives and prevent needless injuries.’— Sarah Brady weapons of different types in this country?” he said in an interview Thursday. Two later hearings will deal with the Second Amendment right to bear arms and enforcement of existing gun laws. There are voices on the other side of the ramparts too. Outside the Capitol on Thursday, activists Sarah and James Brady began a campaign to preserve gun laws, including the one bearing his name. It was the 14th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan that left James Brady, then the White House press secretary, partially paralyzed for life. And Rep. Charles Schumcr, D-N.Y., planned a news conference today with victims of the Long Island Railroad shooting to protest efforts to repeal gun control laws. “We have some reasonable, responsible, effective gun laws in place,” Sarah Brady said in launching a nation wide Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws. “Gun laws that are helping to save lives and prevent needless injuries.” Noting Dole’s pledge to the NRA and efforts to repeal local gun laws in several states, she said, “This attack on America’s gun laws is insane.” Also speaking was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who successfully pushed for the ban on assault-style weapons and said recently she would “launch the mother of ail filibusters” if Dole moved to repeal it. James Brady cited government statistics indicating that his namesake law, which requires a five-day waiting period and background checks for handgun purchases, screened out some 70,000 criminals in its first year. Foes of the Brady law say it is easily evaded, expensive for law enforcement agencies to enforce and restricts the right to bear arms. Members of the House Firearms Legislation Task Force, meanwhile, said a proposal would be introduced soon that would move away from gun control and focus on stopping crime. “Gun control is dead,” asserted Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Tcxas. “Now we’re going to focus on people control.” While noting the planned House vote on repealing the assault-style weapons ban, McCollum said there were no Republican plans to change the Brady handgun law. Texas Briefs Widow With Three Children Denied Because Deputy Killed On Way To Work HOUSTON (AP) — A widow with three children has been denied workers’ compensation benefits because the Harris County attorney’s office ruled that her deputy sheriff husband was not on duty when he was killed in a traffic mishap on his way to work. Harris County Sheriff Johnny Klevenhagen said that Ricky Yates, 43, was considered on duty at the time even though he had not reached his assigned location. Yates, who was riding a department motorcycle, was killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck Jan. 25, 1994. Sheriffs Lt. S.E. Conroy, Yates’ immediate supervisor, said he also considers that Yates was on duty because he had called Yates the night before and told him to go to work early and to do some traffic control work in Humble before reporting to his assigned patrol area. But Senior Assistant County Attorney A B. Crowther contends that since Yates was not yet at his job site and was not engaged in county or law enforcement duties when he was killed, his widow and three children are not eligible for the benefits. Man With AIDS Virus Accused of Using Deadly Weapon In Sexual Assaults AUSTIN (AP) — A man accused of killing a Mexican teen-ager who was doused with water and forced to remain outside as temperatures fell is now accused of using the AIDS virus as a deadly weapon in two sexual assaults on the girl. Indictments accuse Jose Najera, who has the human immunodeficiency virus, of using a deadly weapon in sexual assaults on Mana Escalante, 16. The alleged deadly weapon is "his penis and bodily fluids." lf convicted, Najera would face up to life in prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that the fact that the alleged deadly weapon stems from the AIDS virus may be ground-breaking in Texas. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle said the unusual step was taken "because the facts warranted it” and said the charges are justified. Fortune Cookie Pays Off For Couple AUSTIN (AP) — It was all in the cards, or in this case the cookie, for the latest Lotto Texas winners. Barbara Turnbull’s desire to use a fortune cookie's six-number combination to play the game brought her and her husband, Scotty, twice the luck — and two winning tickets. The Turnbulls, of Nocona, bought one ticket for last Saturday’s lotto drawing using the numbers IO, 24, 27, 29, 40 and 46, and Mrs. Turnbull’s friend, thinking she had forgotten to play, bought Mrs. Turnbull another "(She) ... handed me a lotto ticket she had bought for me, saying, ‘Here, you forgot to buy your ticket.’ I just looked at Scotty and said, ‘So I blew two dollars instead of one,”’ Mrs. Turnbull said Thursday as she and her husband collected two lump-sum payments of $814,473. A third winning ticket with the numbers was sold in Mesquite, but the winner has not yet claimed his or her $814,473 prize, lottery officials said. Texas Senate Finance Committee proposes budget Voucher Proposal Doesn’t Have Support in House Committee AUSTIN (AP) — A proposal to allow thousands of disadvantaged students to obtain public money to attend private schools didn’t have enough support to pass the House Public Education Committee. But the panel, acting informally without taking a roll call vote, agreed to other measures Thursday to increase school choice and loosen state control of public schools. Committee members also said the proposed pilot program for private school vouchers will come up again when the House debates an education overhaul bill. The choice and control issues are being worked on as part of that bill. "I expect it to pass on the House floor,” said Rep. Kent Grusendorf, R-Arlington. He said committee sentiment was probably 5-4 against vouchers. His voucher proposal is similar to one in a bill that passed the Senate Monday. AUSTIN (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has unanimously endorsed a proposed two-year state budget of $80.2 billion, putting aside a House plan that would spend about $2.6 billion less. Education and human services would get more money under the Senate proposal than the House bill. The full Senate is expected to consider the measure Monday. “We paid particular attention to those programs for people who literally cannot help themselves, for instance the multiply handicapped that have to have help," said committee Chairman John Montford, D-Lubbock. “We paid a lot of attention to public and higher education. ‘‘I feel. bottom line, it is a responsible, no-fnlls budget,” he said Thursday. A conference committee was expected to work out differences between the House bill and the one ultimately passed by the Senate. 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