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Obama demands gun reform in passionate appeal as efforts fade

Published on Mar 29, 2013 12:36 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday Americans should be ashamed if the pain of the Newtown school shooting three months ago has ebbed to such an extent that gun reform efforts are fading.

"Tears aren't enough, expressions of sympathy aren't enough, speeches aren't enough," Mr Obama said, in a passionate speech at the White House surrounded by relatives of gun violence victims.

"Now is the time to turn that heartbreak into something real," he said, three months after 20 children and six teachers and caregivers were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The President held his event amid indications that the tidal wave of national grief that prompted promises of action on greater gun control after the massacre in December was fading.

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