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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R), is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on January 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. One month after a massacre that left 20 school children and 6 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut, the president unveiled a package of gun control proposals that include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson/Getty