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Gun violence 'tearing US apart'

US President Barack Obama said there is an "epidemic of gun violence" tearing communities across America apart while speaking at a memorial for victims of the US Navy Yard shootings.

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Washington Mayor joins calls for gun control

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray joined president Obama's call for action on gun control, mentioning that one of the Navy Yard victims, Arthur Daniels, had already lost his 14-year-old son to gun violence and citing the string of mass public shootings in recent years.

President Obama said: "We Americans are not an inherently more violent people than folks in other countries, we are not inherently more prone to mental health problems, the main difference that sets our nation apart, what's different in America is it's easy to get your hands on a gun."

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