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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
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Topic - Lori Haas
The next battlefield in the gun-control fight will be Tuesday's State of the Union address, where President Obama's allies have invited more than two dozen gun-crime victims to sit in the public galleries to cheer him on — and one Second Amendment supporter is countering by giving a ticket to NRA board member Ted Nugent.
President Obama has consistently called for a national conversation on gun violence since December's Connecticut school shootings, and on Wednesday, some of his most loyal backers — Hollywood's B-List — responded.
Gun control advocates on Friday briefly savored a rare — if modest — victory in their quest to close Virginia's so-called "gun show loophole," which allows private sales of firearms without a criminal background check.
Thursday's point-blank slaying of a Virginia Tech campus policeman is sure to renew the gun control battle in all its fury before the General Assembly next month.
Lori Haas, whose daughter was injured in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and who will be a guest Tuesday of Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Virginia Democrat, said lawmakers need to know their decisions on this issue "mean life or death for their constituents."
"These aren't numbers we're talking about. These are children; these are neighbors; these are friends; these are colleagues," she said. "Every American deserves to be free of gun violence."