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Obama makes gun-limit law 2d term priority

Says day of Conn. shooting was worst of his presidency

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Sunday that the day of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was the worst of his presidency and that he wanted new legislation limiting access to some types of firearms passed within the first year of his second term.

‘‘I think anybody who was up in Newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families, understands that something fundamental in America has to change,’’ Obama said on NBC’s Meet the Press.’’ “And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom.’’

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