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**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., signs executive orders to reduce gun violence on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex in Washington. From left are Mr. Biden; Hinna Zeejah, 8; Nadia Zeejah, Hinna’s mother; Taejah Goode, 10; Kimberly Graves, Taejah’s mother; Julia Stokes, 11; Dr. Theophil Stokes, Julia’s father; and Grant Fritz, 8. (Associated Press)