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Gun control wins unlikely US backers after shooting

WAKE-UP CALL:Following last week’s massacre at a Connecticut school, calls for gun control measures are being echoed by gun-toting, pro-hunting US Congress members

AP, WASHINGTON

Flanked by dozens of shooting survivors and relatives of gun crime victims around the country, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed for tougher gun laws after the school massacre.

“If this doesn’t do it what is going to?” Bloomberg asked.

Since the shooting, the powerful National Rifle Association lobby has been silent. Requests for comments have gone unanswered and officials are turning down interview requests until they have more details. The group’s 1.7 million-strong Facebook group has disappeared and the group’s Twitter account — its favorite platform to communicate with supporters — has not sent a message since before the shooting.

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