The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 13, 1989 - Page 3
WASHINGTON - Close to I
million new semiautomatic assault-
style rifles could flood the United
States if the Bush administration de-
cides to end its suspension of such
Gun importers have applications
to bring in 965,000 of the weapons
pending at the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, according to
spokesperson Dick Pedersen.
The import suspension was im-
posed March 14 after public and po-
lice outcries over the increased use of
the weapons such as semiautomatic
versions of AK-47s and Uzi carbines
in drug-related violence, and the Jan-
uary slayings of five schoolchildren
in Stockton, Calif.
The suspension covered some
400,000 weapons including about
300,000 for which import permits
already had been approved. Last
week, the administration expanded
the suspension to cover 240,000
"We noticed the increase in these
showing up in crimes, an increase in
demand, and we reacted to it," Peder-
sen said. "The main thing is that we
might be nipping the semiautomatic
assault-type rifle in the bud rather
than have millions of them flooding
Nevertheless, gun importers are
continuing to submit applications,
he said Tuesday.
"It appears there have been a lot
more applications that came in after
the ban, " Pedersen said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms is required by law to
permit imports only of weapons
suitable or adaptable to "sporting
purposes" and it is studying the use
of the semiautomatic rifles to deter-
mine how they are being used. The
review should take two to three more
Despite the uproar over such
weapons, FBI crime statistics reveal
that most murders by firearms are
still committed by people wielding
handguns. Of the 17,859 murders
committed nationwide in 1987,
10,556 were committed with
firearms of which 7,807 were hand-
guns, according to the FBI.
Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-
Ohio) has introduced a bill that
would place some of the same re-
strictions on both semiautomatic
machine-style pistols and assault-
style rifles that are now imposed on
automatic weapons, including FBI
background checks on purchasers and
fingerprinting, but not the $200 fee
charged to owners of machine guns,
according to the senator's spokes-
person, Nancy Coffey.
About 231,000 foreign handguns,
* including semiautomatic weapons,
were imported in 1986, the last year
for which Pedersen had data. There
was no breakdown for the number of
semiautomatic handguns, he said.
In 1982, some 332,000 handguns
were imported, followed by 411,000
BY MARION DAVIS
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs elected Sociology
Prof. Gayl Ness as its new chair and re-elected English Prof. Robert
Lenaghan as vice chair at last week's meeting.
Lenaghan said SACUA will continue to look into "ways in which we
can make the faculty governance more effective through our committees."
SACUA is the executive arm of the Senate Assembly and its members serve
as liaisons to various assembly committees, such as the Student Relations
Committee and the Financial Affairs Committee.
Emphasizing that faculty involvement with students is not limited to the
lecture hall, Lenaghan pointed out "there is another relationship with stu-
dents through faculty governance. There is a common interest - such as
safety and security."
Tonight, SACUA members and about 200 students will be discussing
the recent racist attacks against minorities on campus and how the Univer-
sity should handle such incidents.
Lenaghan said he sees diversity and racism as some of the issues and
concerns the faculty will be addressing more in the future. Ness was out of
town and was unavailable for comment.
The yearbooks are here
Rebecca Ticknor receives the Ensian yearbook from yearbook staffer Jean Spray in the Ensian office in the
Student Publications Building.
Stanford study on campus
racism calls for policy changes
BY LAURA COHN
The University has experienced
racial tension in recent years, but it
is not alone. A recent study at Stan-
ford University found rising in-
stances of racial problems at the
prestigious California school.
The purpose of the survey was to
get "below the surface" of racial and
ethnic relations on campus, said
Fernando deNecochea, assistant
provost at Stanford.
"Since the challenge of building a
multi-racial community at a univer-
sity like Stanford permeates every-
one, exactly how this challenge af-
fects the students and faculty was the
general theme of the survey," he
The study found that 57 percent
of white students and 75 percent of
minority groups who responded had
dated inter-racially, and that almost
everyone who responded had friends
of different races.
"I think the survey gave us a lot
of information about racial issues,"
deNecochea said. "It agreed with
many of the predictions we made
about inter-racial relations. At the
same time, it opened our eyes to
Another report released this week
at Stanford indicated that nearly half
of the African-American, Latino and
Native American students said they
believe that most white students are
The survey was conducted by the
Stanford University Committee on
Minority Affairs. As a result of the
survey, the committee published a
240-page report including 135 rec-
ommendations for change within the
The recommendations include re-
cruitment of 30 minority students
over the next decade, doubling the
number of minority faculty with
Ph.D.'s, doubling the number of
courses with ethnic focus, and the
establishment of an ethnic studies
requirement, said Bob Beyers, News
Service director at Stanford, citing
from the report.
"The report was read favorably by
university officials," Beyers said.
"The report says that some of the
recommendations should take
immediate effect, while others will
take place later."
The 17-member committee, with
the assistance of the Stanford Re-
search Institute International and Pa-
cific Management Systems, surveyed
1,300 Stanford students last sum-
mer. The survey included 89 ques-
tions on racial issues.
Personal interviews were con-
ducted with a cross-section of 200
Stanford students and some faculty
The Stanford committee was
started by President Donald Kennedy
after racial incidents snowballed in
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