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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?
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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)
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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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February 17, 2013 | By Nedra Pickler and Darlene Superville, Associated Press
CHICAGO - President Obama's support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings - a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. Obama told a Chicago audience that high-profile mass shootings were one part of a national tragedy created not just by guns, but by communities where there was too little hope. As a result, he said, "too many of our children are being taking away from us. " It was an emotional return to a city whose recent shooting victims have included Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a drum majorette gunned down a mile from Obama's Chicago home just days after she performed at the president's inauguration in Washington.
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February 15, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - About 400 gun-rights advocates flooded the Statehouse on Wednesday to protest a slate of bills that would tighten New Jersey's already-strict gun laws. Gun owners argued that the Democratic-led Legislature was rushing through a package of "feel-good" bills that would not curb gun violence but would frustrate legal gun owners' rights to protect themselves and their families. The handful of supporters who testified in favor of the bills called them "commonsense" reforms.
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