Across the Nation

In this publicity photo released by AMC, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes is shown in a scene from "The Walking Dead."  (AP Photo/AMC, Gene Page)

“My fear is that we have such a short attention span,” says Chuck Williams, a youth violence expert at Drexel University who’s especially troubled by movies that depict “stylized” violence. “And as a society, we don’t like being on a diet. We want to consume what we want, when we want it.”

In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn. Some Newtown families have said they were given a voice late in the process of dispersing the millions of dollars in donated funds, and that the process has been bureaucratic, difficult, unpleasant, and has added to their pain. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

“Nobody who has been through this wants to have to go and deal with boards and committees and talk about money, and justify why you need it,” said Cristina Hassinger, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung. “Money is the last thing you want to have to deal with, especially when you are grieving.”

WASHINGTON | A political group backed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is coming to the aid of New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, airing a new television ad in the Republican’s home state defending her stance on gun legislation. Rubio’s Reclaim America political action committee says in the new ad that Ayotte has sought […]

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is helped as she arrives for a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence and the bill to expand background checks on guns that was defeated in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“I see this as just Round One,” the president said, flanked by relatives of Newtown’s victims and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011.

At a news conference with the president, Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son, Daniel, in the Newtown shooting, said the families would return home “disappointed but not defeated.”

“We are part of this community. The tragedy touches us, but we have a job to do,” said Kevin Dale, the Post’s news director. He added: “It’s great to win the prize, but we’d rather win for a different story.”

Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., meet with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. From left are David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their 6-year-old son Ben in the shooting, Katy Sherlach and her father Bill Sherlach, whose wife Mary Sherlach was killed.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief,” said Francine Wheeler, choking back tears in the address broadcast Saturday. “Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.”

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