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Postcards target US politicians for tougher gun laws

Published on Jun 18, 2014 1:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Relatives of victims of mass shootings in the United States urged fellow citizens Tuesday to fire a volley of postcards at politicians to demand universal background checks for gun buyers.

Everytown for Gun Safety said more than 600,000 people have already signed up to send blue "Not One More" cards to state governors as well as senators and congressmen in Washington, many of whom face re-election in November.

The campaign follows a rash of highly publicized shootings in recent weeks in the United States, which in 2010 saw 31,672 gun-related deaths, of which 61.2 percent were suicides and 35 per cent homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"The American Dream in this country does not include the senseless murder of men, women and children," said Dave Hoover, whose nephew Alexander Boik was among 12 killed by a gunman in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in July 2012.

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