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BUSH HONORS 8 CITIZENS INCLUDING UTAHN

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President Bush saluted eight defenders of victims of crime Friday, including the founder of the Utah Council for Crime Prevention.

Tibby Milne of Bountiful was recognized for founding the community-based crime-prevention organization.Also honored was a Texas judge whose brother was shot and killed - and who disagrees with Bush's opposition to tougher gun control.

"I'm concerned by the ease people have in picking up guns and committing violence," said Justice Richard Barajas of the 8th District Court of Appeals in El Paso, Texas.

"It's too easy, and it's getting worse," Barajas said in an interview outside the White House after Rose Garden ceremony where he joined seven other honorees to be honored by Bush and Attorney General William Barr.

Barajas, 39, said it was anger, not compassion, that motivated him to make an abrupt change in his career.

He said when his brother, Oscar Barajas, was shot and killed in a 1987 armed robbery by an ex-convict, he stepped down as a high-priced defense attorney and became a highly motivated prosecutor.