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By Jon Campbell
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Massacre But a Blip for the Gun Industry
Merchants of Death
Even after the Littleton school massacre, there is scant prospect of any serious congressional legislation regulating the gun trade. Events like Mon day's White House talkfest on violence certainly won't slow it. The industry is busy niche-
marketing guns to women and children, and low-end "Saturday Night Specials" to ghetto dwellers and the rural poor. And to crooks.
For the first time, the marketing of handguns is openly aimed at criminals in more than 40 states that have adopted laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons. These weapons, such as the Tec-DC9 used in Littleton, are advertised as "fingerprint-resistant."
While the police decry the trend toward high-powered handguns, they play a role in selling weapons to secondary markets. Guns seized in crimes often are sold back to the public through municipal auctions. And some police departments also sold old weapons magazines that are now illegal to gun dealers.
In his new book, Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America, Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center describes how Glock, which uses former lawmen and police armorers as sales agents, persuaded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's law enforcement division to upgrade from .357 Magnum revolvers to Glock's 9mm pistols in 1990. Because this 300-officer force, which patrols for hunting, fishing, and pollution violations, hardly needs such high-powered weaponry, the upgrade raised eyebrows. In addition, "the new toy," as it was called, was meant to last 20 years. But in three years, Glock was back, success fully pushing the division to upgrade againto its .40-caliber pistol. An inspector general's report scathingly at tacked this upgrade, noting that Glock had arranged for the cops to buy back their traded-in guns, which they then sold to the private market at a profit.
Smooched by Hillary, Bodyguard Claims
Fresh Meat for Starr
Just as Ken Starr's endless, sex-driven probe finally seemed to be fizzling in the wake of last week's bizarre mistrial in the Julie Hiatt Steele casein which jurors were put off when Kathleen Willey wore a short black dress into courta fresh, tantalizing report has surfaced about Hillary Clinton's alleged involvement with a bodyguard in Arkansas.
In a new, self-published book, Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation, the former bodyguard, L.D. Brown, tells a hard to believe tale. Brown claims that once, during the 1980s, he was driving Hillary from Little Rock to Pine Bluff when Mrs. Clintonwho was in the front seat of the limostarted giving him a "speech about 'getting things' from other people besides your spouse." Then, according to Brown, Hillary said she wanted to travel with him more.
"At that moment," as Brown tells it, "she slid to the middle of the front seat of the Lincoln and gave me a big kiss on the cheek. I didn't utter a word. I saw my entire career, or what was left of it, fly past....I restarted the car and we drove back to the Mansion. She didn't say another word."
Meanwhile, back at the Steele trial, Willeywho claimed the president had "his hands all over me" in a White House corridorattacked presidential lawyer Bob Bennett for allegedly attempting to intimidate her.
Testifying last week, Willey said that before giving a deposition in the Paula Jones case, she was approached by Bennett, who suggested that she invoke the Fifth Amendment.
"It was a threat coming from the president," Willey testified.
Bennett denied suggesting Willey take the fifth, adding, "It's an absolutely bald-faced lie."
Additional reporting: Ioana Veleanu