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Obama marks Newtown anniversary with call for gun control

Washington, Dec 15: President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shootings with calls for more action on gun control and more support for mental health.

"We haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer," Obama said in his weekly address. "We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds."

The president and first lady Michelle Obama lit 26 candles in the White House Map Room on Saturday morning to remember each of the victims, many of them children, who died in the Newtown school shooting last year.

Newtown authorities have asked news organisations not to come to the city for the anniversary and allow the near and dear ones of the deceased to be alone. Many media organizations have agreed to respect the request.  

Update: 15-December-2013