Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

President Takes Aim at Crime Linton Is Seeking Ban on `Cop-Killer' Bullets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

President Takes Aim at Crime Linton Is Seeking Ban on `Cop-Killer' Bullets

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President Bill Clinton suggested a ban on so-called cop-killer bullets Wednesday and promised to develop a "sustained, organized, disciplined approach" to curbing violence.

Clinton said crime is "the No. 1 personal security issue for most Americans." Referring to bullets that critics say are intended only to maim and kill, he said, "Some of that ammunition, it would seem to me, there might be a consensus that we ought not to make it at all in this country."

In a news conference, Clinton also claimed progress in his uphill fight to win House passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said four more members of Congress had agreed Wednesday to vote for the agreement and predicted that "by the time we get to vote-counting, we'll have enough to win." The House will vote on the pact Wednesday.

The president also said he was pleased by progress in peace talks between Israel and Jordan but discounted reports in Jerusalem that an accord would be signed when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visits the White House on Friday.

"I would be pleased if it did, but the truth is we have no reason to believe that anything will be happening Friday," Clinton said.

He said he had asked the Justice Department to review a request from Rabin to reduce the life sentence of Jonathan Pollard to 10 years. Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was convicted in 1987 of espionage for selling classified documents to Israel.

Clinton opened the news conference by reading what he called a long list of administration accomplishments, including enactment of the family leave law and his deficit-reduction plan. "We are finally tackling issues that are central to the lives of all Americans, replacing gridlock and inaction with progress and pursuit of the common good," Clinton said.

With crime a politically potent issue, Clinton indicated that he would make crime-fighting the centerpiece of his State of the Union address in January.

"What you will see from us over the next several months is a sustained, organized, disciplined approach so that we don't just respond to the horror we all feel when a little kid gets shot . …

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