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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Six months after the Newtown school shooting, the tragedy was marked with a moment of silence.

The ceremony today includes the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Family members, elected officials and other leaders gathered in Newtown for a day of remembrance and a call to action. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to 25 states to build support for background checks.

 

 

 

The mayors group is also holding events in 10 states calling for expanded background checks. Legislation to expand background checks failed in the Senate in April.

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