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January 1, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, people around the world feel compelled to help. They send donations, prayers, and condolences, but often have no way of knowing whether their efforts reached the victims. On Sunday, two Pennsylvania residents took comfort in knowing that their support had indeed reached Newtown, Conn. Cliff Robbins, a coach at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, Pa., organized a 5K run in memory of Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler, 6, who with 19 other students and six adults was gunned down Dec. 14 in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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December 31, 2012
WASHINGTON - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association's proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president made his comments Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press. " Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines.
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December 30, 2012 | By John Christoffersen, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Religious leaders from different faiths gathered Friday on a windswept, snowy soccer field to mark two weeks since the Connecticut elementary school massacre and pray for healing. A few dozen residents joined representatives from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Congregational, Buddhist, Muslim, and other places of worship. "Your faith leaders want you to know that we continue to stand with you as we all continue to deal with this great tragedy that has befallen our beloved community of Newtown," said the Rev. Jack Tanner, of Newtown Christian Church.
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December 27, 2012
By Joseph A. Califano Jr. If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown. The lesson to be drawn from Lyndon B. Johnson is this: Demand action on comprehensive gun control immediately from this Congress or lose the opportunity during your presidency. In the aftermath of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (just weeks after the fatal shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. and only a few years after President John F. Kennedy was shot)
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December 25, 2012 | By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that not a single new gun regulation was needed to prevent mass shootings such as the one at a Connecticut elementary school, that "a media machine" relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack, and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment. "Look, a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal," the CEO of the nation's largest gun-rights lobby said in a nationally broadcast television interview, mocking supporters of gun controls.
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December 25, 2012 | By Suzanne Gamboa and Monika Mathur, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Before 20 first graders were massacred at school by a gunman in Newtown, Conn., first grader Luke Schuster, 6, was shot to death in New Town, N.D. Six-year-olds John Devine Jr. and Jayden Thompson were similarly killed in Kentucky and Texas. Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, died in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., while 6-year-old Kammia Perry was slain by her father outside her Cleveland home, according to an Associated Press review of 2012 media reports.
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December 24, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writers
As Ron Jones lodged his shotgun against his shoulder Friday night, took aim and fired, a heaviness hung over the Lower Providence Rod & Gun Club's weekly trapshoot in Montgomery County as thick as the smoke that belched from his firearm. Across the state, sportsmen like Jones have watched with trepidation as talk of tighter gun laws echoes from Washington to Harrisburg, since 20 children and six adults were killed in a Connecticut school by a man with a semiautomatic rifle. Now, amid rising calls for state and federal bans on assault weapons and high-volume ammo clips, the electoral might of Pennsylvania gun owners may be tested anew.
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December 21, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Marion Cotillard won the best actress Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as the iconic chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose . It's highly likely that Cotillard, who has managed to work both sides of the Atlantic - in her native France and in Hollywood - will be nominated again in January, for her work in an altogether different sort of French film, Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone. As a Marineland whale trainer who experiences a catastrophic accident, leaving her a double amputee, Cotillard brings riveting emotional authenticity to the sort of role that is easy to overplay, to sentimentalize.
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December 20, 2012 | By Christina Rexrode and Robert Ray, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The family of Noah Pozner was mourning the 6-year-old, killed in the Newtown school massacre, when outrage compounded their sorrow. Someone they didn't know was soliciting donations in Noah's memory, claiming that they'd send any cards, packages and money collected to his parents and siblings. An official-looking website had been set up, with Noah's name as the address, even including petitions on gun control. Noah's uncle, Alexis Haller, called on law-enforcement authorities to seek out "these despicable people.
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December 19, 2012 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - For the last two years, the words gun control vanished from the political debate in the state Capitol. With Republicans controlling the legislature and the Governor's Office in a state that issued thousands of hunting licenses in 2012, the only controversial gun-related legislation under consideration was a bill to expand gun rights under the so-called castle doctrine. That bill, allowing individuals to use deadly force when threatened anywhere outside their homes as well as inside, passed easily.
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