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Obama to travel to Connecticut to press gun-control case

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President Obama will travel to the University of Hartford in Connecticut on Monday to continue to increase pressure on Congress to pass greater restrictions on guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December.

The University of Hartford is located nearly 50 miles away from Newtown, Conn., where the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six adult staff members took place.

“It’s essential to the victims of Newtown that all of these measures get a vote,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday.

“If we can take some common-sense measures that could save one child’s life, we should do it,” Mr. Carney said.

It will be the second time in a week that Mr. Obama will be traveling around the country to press his case for greater gun control. The president will be in Denver on Wednesday to highlight the state’s collection of restrictive new gun laws passed in the wake of a shooting in an Aurora movie theater last year.

The suspected gunman in that case, 25-year-old James Holmes, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others during a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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