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One Year After the Sandy Hook Shooting

December 13, 2013 8:45 AM

A year ago, on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old and six teachers were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The crime horrified the nation and the world.

Within a week of the shooting, the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns sent a letter urging President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to pass legislation closing loopholes in the national background check system.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and I are members of that group.  We are also advocating for limiting the availability of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and to making gun trafficking a federal crime. I joined Mayor Barrett on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn show this week.  You can listen here.

I respect the wishes of the Sandy Hook victims' family members in their efforts to mark this tragic anniversary in private.  It is a day however when we can all renew our resolve to stem this horrific violence in our world.

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