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March 13, 2013
A group of 30 area mothers will travel to Washington, DC., on Wednesday to lobby for "common-sense gun laws" as part of an event organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. About 200 mothers from over 30 states are expected to attend the "Moms Take to the Hill" event which includes a White House briefing, a press conference and meetings with congressional representatives. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded by Shannon Watts, of Zionsville, Ind., on the day after the Sandy Hook shootings.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By Matt Gouras, Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. - Sen. Max Baucus has been here before. Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: Support an assault-weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat. Now, as he begins his campaign for a seventh term, Baucus is facing a similar dilemma. For weeks, he has refused to clearly say which way he would vote on an assault-weapons ban. When pressed by the Associated Press, he said through a spokeswoman Thursday that he would oppose it. But that decision alone doesn't settle the issue for his reelection campaign.
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March 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO - States with the most gun-control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study published online Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine . In the dozen or so states with the most gun-control-related laws, far fewer people were shot to death or killed themselves with guns than in the states with the fewest laws, the study found. Overall, states with the most laws had a 42 percent lower gun-death rate than states with the least number of laws.
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March 1, 2013 | By Alan Fram and Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father. Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was among those cut down at a Connecticut school in December, asked the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the one that killed his child. "I'm not here for the sympathy or the pat on the back," Heslin, a 50-year-old construction worker, told the senators, weeping openly during much of his hushed 11-minute testimony.
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March 1, 2013 | BY U.S. REP. CHAKA FATTAH
On this page on Feb. 21, former Gov. Ed Rendell called out Pennsylvania's members of Congress to answer some hard questions about their efforts to reduce gun violence: 1. Will you support mandatory universal background checks? 2. Will you support stronger laws to stop "straw purchase" gun-traffickers? 3. Will you support mandates to strengthen our mental-health-reporting system? 4. Will you support limiting the legal sale of magazine clips to those that can hold no more than 10 bullets?
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC. The nomination all but assures that she'll sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic. The Republican nomination was also being chosen Tuesday night.
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February 23, 2013 | By John Christoffersen, Associated Press
DANBURY, Conn. - Speaking at a conference on gun violence a dozen miles from the scene of the Connecticut school massacre, Vice President Biden tried to rally support Thursday for the Obama administration's gun-control proposals. Biden said the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown fundamentally altered the debate over gun control. "America has changed on this issue," Biden said. "There is a moral price to be paid for inaction. " Biden advocated a series of proposals, including universal background checks for gun owners, a ban on many military-style weapons and a limit on the size of magazines.
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February 23, 2013 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly's majority Democrats, citing the elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., passed 22 gun-control bills Thursday that backers said would help curb gun violence. The measures, which have to clear the Senate, would limit ammunition rounds, require mental health clearances and photo IDs for gun permits, and bar anyone on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining a gun. "We've got some of the best gun laws in the country, but we also know we have some things we can tighten up," Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex)
NEWS
February 18, 2013
QUITO, ECUADOR - President Rafael Correa, a dynamic but polemical leftist who has spent heavily on the poor, confidently celebrated his second re-election Sunday even before the first official results were announced. An exit poll gave the incumbent, who first took office in 2007, 58.8 percent against 23.1 percent for his closest challenger, former banker Guillermo Lasso. "This victory is yours. It belongs to our families, to our wife, to our friends, our neighbors, the entire nation," Correa told voters Sunday.
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February 18, 2013 | By Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. - From car dealerships to political parties to hockey teams to yes, even police chiefs, gun giveaways are an attractive way to make money or draw in customers. But after the deadly shooting rampage in a Connecticut school, such raffles are drawing criticism as the ease of obtaining firearms fuels gun-control debates. The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is raffling off a gun every day in May, including a Ruger AR-15-style rifle with 30-round magazine similar to the one used in December in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead.
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