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Sombre one month milestone since deadly US school massacre

Published on Jan 15, 2013 6:11 AM

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - A still-grieving Newtown, Connecticut marked the one-month milestone on Monday since a gunman massacred 20 school children here, a tragedy that has given new impulse to efforts to fight rampant US gun violence.

America has seen a flurry of initiatives in the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - an unthinkable blood-letting even by the standards of a nation growing all too accustomed to such horrors. The 20-year old shooter, Adam Lanza, wielded a semi-automatic military assault-style rifle, provoking debate on gun control and a promise from President Barack Obama to back a bill outlawing such weapons.

Obama told a press conference on Monday that his administration would unveil proposals this week based on recommendations from Vice-President Joe Biden who conducted a thorough look at policy in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

 "My starting point is not to worry about the politics, my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works," Mr Obama said. "What should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that hear reducing the incidence of gun violence," he said.

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