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Postcards target US politicians for tougher gun laws

Students gathered for a candlelight vigil on the University of California Santa Barbara campus May 24, 2014 to remember those killed Friday night during a rampage in nearby Isla VistaRelatives of victims of mass shootings in the United States urged fellow citizens Tuesday to fire a volley of postcards at politicians to demand universal background checks for gun buyers. Everytown for Gun Safety said more than 600,000 people have already signed up to send blue “Not One More” cards to state governors as well as senators and congressmen in Washington, many of whom face re-election in November. The campaign follows a rash of highly publicized shootings in recent weeks in the United States, which in 2010 saw 31,672 gun-related deaths, of which 61.2 percent were suicides and 35 percent homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “My son Chris has been dead for 26 days and there’s a hole in my heart that nothing can fill,” added Richard Martinez, referring to the May 23 shooting spree near the University of California in Santa Barbara that left seven dead, at an emotional press conference in Washington.

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