September 14, 2013
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David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
A panel preparing to draft firearms legislation heard testimony Friday night on Beacon Hill.
When Mark Barden (left) and Nicole Hockley, who both lost children in the Newtown school shooting, stepped to the witness table, a hush fell in the room.
They both urged lawmakers to embrace "common sense" changes to curb gun violence.
"We love our children, and it's that common bond that joins us in all of this," Hockley said.
Bishop M. Thomas Shaw of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (left) was scheduled to speak before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
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