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Gun Control News 2013: Senate Defeats Filibuster Attempt of New Gun Regulations

Source: Latinos Post
Date: April 11, 2013
The U.S. Senate has successfully avoided a filibuster of new gun control measures introduced today, in a rare show of bipartisanship for the often-deadlocked body. "By a 68-31 margin, senators moved to open formal consideration of a package of reforms to expand background checks, improve school safety and combat gun trafficking," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Photos of the day from around the world: April 11

Date: April 11, 2013
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, crosses symbolizing grave markers are placed upon the National Mall in Washington April 11, 2013. The PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing and Sojourners are holding a 24-hour vigil featuring a gathering of Newtown clergy and 3,300. grave markers to "remind Congress action is needed on gun violence prevention". The number 3,300 represents the supposed number of people who have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown.

Dramatic gun control display on the National Mall

Source: WTOP.com
Date: April 11, 2013
Gun control advocates are launching a new push for legislative action through a striking display along the National Mall.

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Mock Cemetery Installed on National Mall as Senators Vote on Guns

Date: April 11, 2013
More than 3,300 crosses, Stars of David and Islamic symbols were installed on the National Mall Thursday as peace activists created a mock cemetery to honor victims of gun violence.

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Slideshow: Shared pain over gun deaths ‘can help us move forward’

Source: MSNBC
Date: April 11, 2013
As the sun rose over Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, volunteers and clergy members from Connecticut to California placed more than 3,300 grave markers on the National Mall to create a makeshift cemetery in honor of every person killed as a result of gun violence since the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Some Newtown clergy disapprove of Senate compromise on guns

Date: April 11, 2013
“It’s past time for our political leaders to find the moral courage to act,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners. “The majority of our country supports change, and 92% of Americans support universal background checks, but unfortunately powerful lobbyists for gun manufacturers have some politicians scared to do what they know is right.”

Gun Reform Vote Demonstrates Power of Persistence

Source: MSNBC
Date: April 11, 2013
Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network talks with Rachel Maddow from the site of a vigil at the National Mall in honor of gun violence victims, to discuss the importance of activism to make legislators aware that gun safety is an important human issue.

Clergy Join Gun Control Debate With Pleas, Prayers in 24-Hour Vigil

Date: April 11, 2013
In front of 3,300 mock grave markers representing Americans who have died from gun violence since the Newtown tragedy, the Rev. Matt Crebbin will stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Thursday to pray for expanded federal gun control legislation.