Invoking Newtown, Obama presses Congress on guns

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President Barack Obama hugs Katerina Rodgaard, a Maryland dance instructor who knew one of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, after she introduced...
President Barack Obama hugs Katerina Rodgaard, a Maryland dance instructor who knew one of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, after she introduced...
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President Barack Obama on Thursday sternly rebuked opponents of pending gun control measures, accusing them of “running out the clock” and hoping that the nation forgets last year’s Newtown school shooting in order to keep popular reforms from passing into law.

“The entire country was shocked, and the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that that this time would be different,” the president said of the gun massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”

Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and a group of mothers who have lost their children to gun violence, Obama accused gun rights groups of rooting for amnesia.

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Invoking Newtown, Obama presses Congress on guns

Updated