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A year after Newtown, rift over guns deepens

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The Associated Press

In the moment, Newtown’s children became our own.

Staring at photographs of their freckled faces, hair tucked into barrettes and baseball caps, a country divided by politics, geography, race, class and belief was united in mourning. And as their deaths confronted Americans with vexing questions about guns and violence, there were calls to turn that shared grief into a collective search for answers.

“These tragedies must end,” President Barack Obama said, two nights after the mass shooting…

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