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Obama urges Senate to pass gun control laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to remember the children gunned down in America and not ‘‘get squishy’’ in the face of powerful forces against gun control legislation, as supporters struggle to win over moderate Democrats before a Senate vote expected next month.

Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers who have lost their children to guns, said Washington must do something after the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., three months ago. He called out to the families of four children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School sitting in his audience.

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