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Obama joins mourners in US shooting town

Published on Dec 17, 2012 5:55 AM
President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington for Connecticut, Sunday, Dec 16, 2012. President Obama is traveling to Newtown, Conn., to meet with the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims and to thank first responders. -- PHOTO : AP

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama flew on Sunday to Connecticut to join those mourning the 20 young children and seven adults killed in America's latest mass shooting tragedy.

As Mr Obama left Washington for heartbroken Newtown, there was growing talk that perhaps America had reached a tipping point of revulsion that would force at least some kind of action to curb its stubborn addiction to guns.

A prominent Democratic lawmaker, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, promised to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the very first day of the next Congress, Jan 3.

That's the kind of killing machine employed in the massacre here on Friday in this small town now doomed to suffer a recurring nightmare for a long time to come.

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