July 12, 1999 – NAACP Takes Aim At The NRA – Candidate Gore On Guns – U.S. Women’s Soccer Still Celebrating

U.S Women's Soccer Team - 1999
Women’s Soccer – Team USA – Two days and still celebrating.
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July 12, 1999 – The NAACP convened for their 90th convention in New York on this day – on the agenda were several litigious issues, not the least being the issue with NRA and the TV networks, which leaders assured were coming with lawsuits, particularly in the TV industry for the woeful lack of minority representation in episodic Television. Also coming with lawsuits from the organization to the NRA. With the NRA it wasn’t expected to come with a monetary settlement as much as forcing the NRA to start tracking where guns are being sold and to whom. The recent shootings in Illinois and Indiana spurred the organization to issue suits.

Presidential candidate Al Gore also came with a pocket full of gun control proposals as part of his campaign. Among the details, Gore was asking that photo i.d. be required for gun purchases as well as requiring potential gun owners to pass a criminal background check and take a firearms safety test in order to qualify for a license.

The FBI was opening a conference this day outside Washington on the question of school violence and how to prevent it. On hand were school officials from Jonesboro Arkansas, Springfield Oregon and Littleton Colorado – all sites of recent school shootings. The representative from Columbine High School was hoping the gathering would help him prepare for the upcoming school session, which was slated to resume in a few weeks, after April’s deadly shooting rampage.

And Women’s Soccer got a huge boost in the form of the U.S. Women’s Team winning the 1999 World Cup two days earlier. Celebrations and tributes were still going on, with photos of the team spread across every news and sports magazine in the country, if not the world. Even two days after the event, the frenzy was still in high pitch. All eyes were on the following year’s Olympics and after that, perhaps a professional league of their own. Lots to celebrate.

And that’s a small slice of what happened, this July 11, 1999 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.

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