So Many Guns . . . – March 2, 2000

Kayla Rolland - The empty promises and the hand-wringing continue. And the victims keep piling up.

Kayla Rolland – The empty promises and hand-wringing continue. And the victims keep piling up.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS World News Roundup Late Edition – March 2, 2000 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

News for this day 15 years ago, doesn’t seem all that different than news from today, yesterday or a week ago. Same problems – same feeble attempts at solutions -same fear of reprisals from lobbies. Politics as usual, victims as always.

This day is was about the aftermath of the shooting death of 6 year old Kayla Rolland, by a classmate who brought a loaded gun to school at Buell Elementary School in Michigan.

It became the first such incident to take place at an elementary school (one which would be eclipsed years later with Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012) and one which brought a wave of outrage from parents and teachers over the lack of gun control in this country. President Clinton addressed the issue and proposed Gun Control legislation immediately. The idea gained some bipartisan support, but many feared the Gun and NRA lobbies would be too powerful to make any meaningful law possible.

Violence and its aftermath seemed to be the watchwords of the day, as protests over the verdict on the Amadou Diallo case took place in Washington as family and supporters called for Civil Rights legislation in the wake of the killing of Diallo, the 22 year old immigrant from Guinea who was shot to death by 4 New York plainclothes cops and were acquitted.

All these guns . . .

A New Hampshire teenager, going by the name of Coolio was being questioned by authorities on alleged hack attacks on major websites. Although it was believed he was one of a number of hackers, it was significant because he was able to be tracked down.

And studies were released which showed Meditation could improve your health. A Drew University study found patients who practiced Transcendental Meditation reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke without any changes in diet or exercise.

A sample of what went on this March 2nd in 2000, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.

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