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Newtown mother pleads for gun control

WASHINGTON — The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence.

‘‘Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning in our grief,’’ said Francine Wheeler, choking back tears in the address broadcast Saturday. ‘‘Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.’’

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