Across the Nation

Theresa Hoover (back right) and other family members of Aurora shooting victims wipe away tears during a press conference Dec. 21 at the Colorado State Capitol. State lawmakers and victims of the Aurora theater shooting called for tougher gun control Friday.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s too easy for criminals to get access to dangerous weapons. We need to do something about that,” said Fields, whose son and his fiancee were gunned down in 2005.

A note, flowers, and other items were left for the victims of last week's deadly shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, at a permanent memorial for those lost in the shootings at Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colo., Monday Dec. 17, 2012. Columbine and other sites of mass shootings have been rebuilt by residents determined to reclaim public places invaded by gunmen. Deciding what to do with the scene of a tragic event often determines how a community will heal. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

As Newtown, Conn., grieves the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, victims’ families and residents will eventually have to decide what to do with the building and how to memorialize the fallen.

This undated photograph released by the Maine State Police shows weapons gathered from the home and vehicle of Timothy Courtois, of Biddeford, Maine, who was arrested Sunday, July 22, 2012 on charges of having a concealed weapon and speeding on the Maine Turnpike. Found in his car were an assault weapon, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition.  A search of his home revealed several additional weapons, including a machine gun, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Courtois told authorities he was on his way to Derry, N.H., to shoot a former employer. He also said he had attended the Batman movie the previous night. (AP Photo/Maine State Police)

“I was lucky. In the next four years, 48,000 Americans won’t be so lucky, because they’ll be murdered with guns in the next president’s term, enough to fill over 200 theaters,” Barton says in the ad.