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July 8, 2013 | By Steve Peoples, Associated Press
DOVER, N.H. - Thirty months after she was shot in the head, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits in a New Hampshire restaurant facing parents of children killed in the nation's latest school shooting. They are here to talk political strategy, but Giffords doesn't say much. She doesn't have to. She has become the face of the fight for gun control - a woman now known as much for her actions as her words as she recovers from a 2011 attack that forever changed her life and ended six others.
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May 31, 2013 | By Colleen Long, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday. The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city's mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, police said. Chief New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said that preliminary testing indicted the presence of ricin in both letters but that more testing would be done.
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May 24, 2013 | BY OSCAR CASTILLO, Daily News Staff Writer castilo@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
JOHN AND JUDY PHELPS of North Carolina are marching for a cause. They were in Philly the last two days during a 300-mile trek from a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., to Washington, D.C., where they hope to talk gun control with their state's senators, Richard Burr and Kay Hagan. John Phelps said he founded a group called Gun Control Today and got the idea for the walk after last month's unsuccessful Senate vote on gun control left him in disbelief.
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May 15, 2013 | By Cynthia Tucker
After a rural Kentucky family suffered an unspeakable gun tragedy late last month, that sad story, unfortunately, became new fuel for the scorching debate over gun control. When 5-year-old Kristian Sparks shot his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he had been given as a gift, opposing factions either defended rural America's gun culture or denounced it. Having grown up in the Deep South's gun culture, I feel nothing but sympathy for the Sparks family. One child is dead; another will be scarred for life.
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May 6, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments, and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs. And where the victor is hailed as the new Caesar, facing an open road to domination. And where Barack Obama, already naturally inclined to believe his own loftiness, graciously accepted the kingly crown and proceeded to ride his reelection success to a crushing victory over the GOP at the fiscal cliff, leaving a humiliated John Boehner & Co. with nothing but naked tax hikes.
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May 6, 2013 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HOUSTON - National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation was far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization would ever have to surrender their weapons. Proponents of gun control also asserted that they are in their fight for the long haul and have not been disheartened by last month's defeat of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales.
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May 3, 2013 | By Travis Loller and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
BURKESVILLE, Ky. - In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, "she heard the gun go off," a coroner said. In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.
NEWS
April 29, 2013
GOV. CORBETT has made it his priority to encourage job creation and growth in Pennsylvania by encouraging business to come here and grow their workforce. The governor has also made job training a priority, ensuring Pennsylvania residents are prepared for the jobs created in today's market. In 2012, when it was announced that the three Southeast refineries would close, Corbett worked diligently to save them. These efforts retained 1,800 direct jobs and thousands of ancillary jobs that relied on the active operation of those facilities.
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April 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey's approval rating reached a personal high in a new poll taken days after he wrapped up his push to expand background checks for gun purchases. Pennsylvania voters gave Toomey a 48-30 approval in a new Quinnipiac University poll. His approval is up four points from a month earlier. More than half of voters – 54 percent – thought more favorably of Toomey, a Republican, because of his work on guns, against just 12 percent who think less of him. Even among Democrats, 41 percent approve of Toomey's work, against 34 percent who disapprove.
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April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
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