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Info beat has an interesting story about a demonstrations VS NRA in
Denver. I know you don't like attachments but I'm on a MAC and haven't
known any to have a virus. Decide for yourself or go to
I don't know how else to send the story???

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03:53 PM ET 05/01/99

Eric Harris' Family Seeks Immunity

Eric Harris' Family Seeks Immunity
AP National Writer=
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ The parents of one of the gunmen
involved in the Columbine High School massacre have refused to talk
with investigators because prosecutors will not give them immunity.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pautler said an attorney
representing Wayne and Katherine Harris informed investigators of
their decision when they tried to set up an interview. His office
rejected the request Friday.
``We wanted to interview them as witnesses. We're disappointed
they won't cooperate. We don't know why they think they needed
immunity,'' Pautler said.
He said investigators had arranged to talk with the parents of
the other gunman, Dylan Klebold.
Pautler said anyone with advance knowledge of the attack could
be charged with a variety of crimes, from failing to report a crime
to conspiracy.
``We don't have any reason to believe they (the Harrises) were
participants in this offense,'' he said. ``We're disappointed they
won't cooperate with us or speak to us. Not parenting properly is
not an offense.''
Meanwhile, about 1,000 people gathered at the state Capitol in
nearby Denver this morning for a protest demonstration during the
annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.
Members of the crowd carried signs that read ``Shame on the
NRA,'' and ``NRA, Pusher of Child Killer Machines,'' among others.
``I'm here because I'm very worried about the future for my
children. I despair if guns are going to remain as readily
available as they are now,'' said Frances Aramovich of Denver. She
was accompanied by her children, Natalia, 4, and Tom, 6.
Gun control advocates, joined by Denver Mayor Wellington Webb,
had urged the NRA to cancel the meeting in response to the
shootings. NRA officials scaled back the gathering from three days
to one, but refused to scrap the meeting.
On a hill overlooking the school, where mourners erected one
cross for each of the 13 victims and the two gunmen, relatives of
one student who died in the rampage destroyed the crosses for
Harris and Klebold.
``I don't think any thinking person in this country is going to
disagree with me,'' said Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel, 15, was
killed. ``We never ever honor a murderer in the same place as the
memorial for his victims.''
Rohrbough, 40, said many bystanders supported the family's
Meanwhile, Jefferson County authorities responded to criticism
that they ignored a complaint that Harris, 18, threatened to kill a
classmate and had often talked about making and detonating pipe
A sheriff's deputy assigned to Columbine had been keeping an eye
on Harris and Klebold, 17, after the reported threat, but officials
said there was little they could do because the parents who
reported the threats wanted to remain anonymous. And investigators
found no evidence of lawbreaking.
``Without the ability to speak to a victim or positively
identify a suspect, elements of a crime could not be established,''
said sheriff's spokesman Steve Davis.
About a year before the April 20 assault, Neil Gardner, the
sheriff's deputy stationed at Columbine, received a ``suspicious
incident'' report that Harris' Web site discussed detonating pipe
bombs and committing mass murder.
Gardner was at Columbine when Harris and Klebold attacked the
school with bombs and assault weapons. He exchanged fire with one
of the gunmen.
The March 1998 incident report came from Randy Brown, who
claimed his 18-year-old son Brooks had been repeatedly threatened
by Harris, a schoolmate. Brown gave the sheriff's office printouts
of Harris' Web site warnings, which included threats to kill.
``God, I can't wait until I can kill you people'' read one of
the postings. ``I'll just go to some downtown area in some big
(expletive) city and blow up and shoot everything I can.''
Police said the Browns refused to let their son's name be used
in the investigation, and they also declined to file a formal
complaint that would have allowed investigators to directly
question Harris.
A threatening e-mail sent to Brooks Brown was deleted, so
investigators were not able to follow up the lead. Detectives tried
but could not find Harris' Web site.
The Browns told NBC News that the sheriff's department response
to their report was ``ridiculous.''
``We were hoping they would go to the school. We were hoping
they would go to the parents,'' Judy Brown said.