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What do about the increasing gun violence: The debate goes beyond weapons control

On the morning of the latest mass shooting, in a place that has become synonymous with tragedy, Tom Mauser’s phone started ringing at 5 a.m. When he turned on the news his first thought was “Oh God,” followed by an immediate: “Not again.” He’s seen this too often since that April morning in 1999, when his own son Daniel was slain along with 12 others at Columbine High School. In the years that have followed, every time the unthinkable happens yet again _ at a Virginia college, a Texas military base, an Arizona strip mall, a Colorado movie theater _
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Romney on gun control: We don’t need any new laws

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has backed gun control measures in the past, said on Monday that additional laws would not have stopped last week’s massacre in a Colorado movie theater. “I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don’t believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy,” Romney told CNBC’s Lawrence Kudlow in an interview. Both Romney and his opponent, Democratic President Barack Obama, have demurred on the prospect of new gun control laws in the days since a gunman opened fire during
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Survivors recall a night of hell in Colorado

One man remembers the moment he knew his friend’s life was ebbing away as she lay bleeding on the floor beside him. Another remembers the shock reflected on people’s faces as they watched him stagger past, trying to stanch a bullet wound in his neck. Some of the 58 injured survivors of a massacre inside a suburban Denver movie theater are recounting the hellish chaos that erupted as a black-clad shooter unleashed two canisters of gas and opened fire during the Friday midnight premiere of “Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people died. Brent Lowak of Bulverde, Texas, went to the movie
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How did a brilliant science student become a suspect in mass murder?

James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words. Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform — No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was a brilliant science scholar in college. The biggest mystery surrounding the 24-year-old doctoral student was why he would have pulled on a gas mask and shot dozens of people early
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After the massacre: A search for clues, answers

A Colorado suburb shocked and saddened by a deadly shooting spree at a midnight unveiling of the latest Batman movie grieved for the victims while authorities sought a motive and a safe way to reach clues inside the suspect’s apartment, still apparently rigged with an elaborate booby-trap. Police grimly went door to door late Friday with a list of the victims killed in the worst mass shooting in the U.S. in recent years, notifying families who had held out anxious hope that their loved ones had been spared inside the packed theater near Denver. Twelve people died and 58 were
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Colorado massacre puts damper on campaign rhetoric

The deadly shootings at a movie theater in Colorado have briefly silenced the presidential campaign, prompting both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to cut short their schedules and pull advertising in the state out of respect for the victims and their families. Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that he hopes everyone takes time this weekend “for prayer and reflection — for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover.” The president said Americans should also think about
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Movie theater massacre will spur debate over, but little change in, gun laws

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control. Neither did President Barack Obama nor his Republican rival Mitt Romney, though both canceled campaign speeches on Friday and expressed sorrow for the victims of the shooting rampage. The killing of 12 people at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie in the Denver suburb of Aurora may spark a fresh round of soul-searching on
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Gunman kills 12, wounds 50 in Colorado theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises”

A gunman opened fire, killed 12 and wounded at least 50 overnight at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where patrons gathered to watch the premiere of a new film that has generated debate and is decried as an “anti-Romney conspiracy” by the right wing. The gunman, wearing a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask, fired into the crowd of patrons who came to watch “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado. Some of the wounded are children, one as young as six years old, police sources tell Capitol Hill Blue. Aurora police chief Dan Oates said
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Panetta, angry over leaks, orders Pentagon to monitor media

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered senior Pentagon officials on Thursday to begin monitoring major U.S. news media for disclosures of classified information in an effort to stop the release of government secrets after a series of high-profile leaks. The announcement came hours after Panetta and other senior defense officials appeared before a closed-door hearing of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee to discuss recent disclosures of classified security information. Reports about U.S. cyber warfare against Iran, procedures for targeting militants with drones and a double agent who penetrated a militant group in Yemen have angered U.S. lawmakers. Some have
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Obama, Romney trade barbs on health care, jobs

President Barack Obama is warning Florida retirees that Republican challenger Mitt Romney would undercut the new health care law and alter Medicare, a play for voters in one of the nation’s top swing states. Obama wraps up a two-day trip to Florida on Friday with stops in Fort Myers and suburban Orlando, where he is pressing the case that retirees would be hurt by Romney’s opposition to the health care law and by Republican-led efforts to turn Medicare into a “voucher program.” Romney is keeping his focus on the economy, charging that Obama remains more concerned about holding onto his
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