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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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Police in Portland, Ore., have arrested a man who is suspected of making harassing phone calls and sending upsetting e-mails to the families of those killed in the Aurora theater shooting.

PORTLAND, Ore. | An Oregon man has been accused of harassing at least a dozen families of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., telling them the killings didn’t happen or the caskets of victims were empty. Kevin Purfield of Portland was to be arraigned Thursday on telephone harassment and stalking counts, both […]


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PORTLAND, Ore. | Police say they have arrested a Portland man for harassing the families of victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., last July. Kevin Purfield is accused of emailing, calling and using social media to contact the victims’ relatives. Investigators say the communications weren’t threatening, but were annoying and included “vile language.” […]


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Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. speak to reporters as they walk from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, after a meeting on gun control. Reid's determination to stage a vote came despite continued inconclusive talks between Manchin, Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., aimed at finding compromise on expanding background checks to more gun purchasers. But Manchin left a meeting in Reid’s office late Tuesday and said he hoped a deal could be completed on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON | A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening vote on restricting guns as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., set a roll call for Thursday on […]


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National School Shield Task Force Director, former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson gestures during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to discuss his groups's school-guns study. The National Rifle Association's study recommends schools across the nation each train and arm at least one staff member.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“The presence of an armed security personnel in a school adds a layer of security and diminishes the response time that is beneficial to the overall security,” said Asa Hutchinson, a GOP former congressman from Arkansas who directed the study.


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HARTFORD, Conn. | Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators […]


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