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Obama makes gun law a priority

President Barack Obama hopes to get new US gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term after saying the country is 'failing' to protect its children.

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New York mayor reiterates his call for a gun law

The New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has reiterated his call for a gun law after the Connecticut school massacre:

He added: "We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House, not from Congress. That must end today.

"My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever."

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