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Mobilizing for gun control

On January 8, a gunman shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords and several other people at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping mall. Although groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have informed the public about studies linking the proliferation of fire­arms to an increase in gun-related incidents, only a handful of political leaders responded to the shooting by calling for laws to regulate the sale and use of handguns. Instead, the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, continued to succeed in its efforts to ease access to guns, whether through local ordinances or Supreme Court decisions.


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