Calls for Action Mark 6 Months Since Newtown

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The gunman in Newtown killed his mother and then 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 before committing suicide as police arrived.

Some of the victims’ families are in Washington this week lobbying lawmakers for action.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who co-founded the mayor’s group, this week sent a letter asking donors not to support Democratic senators who opposed the bill to expand background checks.

On the other side of the debate, the National Rifle Association is focusing on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who co-sponsored the bill to expand background checks, with a TV ad urging viewers to phone Manchin’s office and tell him “to honor his commitment to the 2nd Amendment.” The NRA plans to spend $100,000 airing the ad in West Virginia markets over the next two weeks.

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