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Bloomberg and Relatives of Shooting Victims Push for Stricter Gun Control

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A man whose son was among the students killed at Columbine High School  stepped up to the microphone at City Hall on Monday wearing the boy’s sneakers. A pastor recalled a former congregant who was one of the people shot this month outside a supermarket in Tucson. And a woman told the story of her son, who died in 2007 in East Harlem.

The speakers were part of a procession of relatives and friends of victims of shootings whom Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg  used at a City Hall news conference to urge Washington to strengthen federal gun laws to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of buyers with a history of violence or mental illness.

Mr. Bloomberg, who has sought to make stricter gun control a national issue, said a law passed in 1968 after the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy and intended to prevent certain people from having guns has never lived up to its full potential.

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Pcitured: NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: (L to R) Lisa Baez, Diana Rodriguez, and Joann Soto, who all had family members killed in gun violence, listen to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks about gun laws January 24, 2011 at City Hall in New York City. Bloomberg, speaking along with Martin Luther King III, called for existing gun laws on the books to be enforced more rigorously and said that 34 American a day are killed in gun-related incidents. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)