Gun control debates rage in wake of Sandy Hook (PHOTOS)

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US President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, (L-R) Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on in the Eisenhower Executive Office building January 16, 2013 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.

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Chip Somodevilla

President Barack Obama will announce some of the administration's proposals to reduce gun violence on Wednesday.

The debate over gun control has been raging since the shocking and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last month.

New York state passed stricter gun laws on Tuesday, while the National Rifle Association has vowed to fight against any weapons bans.

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    US President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, (L-R) Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on in the Eisenhower Executive Office building January 16, 2013 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.

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    Chip Somodevilla

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    Residents grieve following a shooting December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Don Emmert

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    The President reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The President later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his Presidency."

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    Pete Souza/White House

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    Newtown, Conn. residents Claire Swanson, Ian Fuchs, Kate Suba, Jaden Albrecht and Simran Chand hold candles at a memorial for victims on Sunday, following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Protesters marching with the social activist group CREDO along with other concerned citizens descend on the offices of the NRA's (National Rifle Association) Capitol Hill lobbiest's office demanding the pro-gun lobby stand down in reaction to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 17, 2012, in Washington, DC.

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    A demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivers remarks during a news conference at the Willard Hotel December 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. This is the first public appearance that leaders of the gun rights group have made since a 20-year-old man used a popular assault-style rifle to slaughter 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, one week ago.

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    Chip Somodevilla

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    National Rifle Association President David Keene leads the room in the national moment of silence at 9:30 am Dec. 21, 2012, during a press conference in Washington, DC, on the one week anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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    Family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting attend a news conference January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. Families of victims asked that there be a dialogue to find solutions on how to prevent similar future violence.

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    Protestors stand outside the Danbury Walmart on January 15, 2013 in Danbury, Connecticut. Gun control advocates along with parents of victims and gun violence survivors joined together to urge Walmart, the nation's largest gun retailer to stop the sale of assault weapons and munitions in their stores nationwide. President Obama is planning to outline 19 executive orders on gun control on January 16, 2013.

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    Christopher Capozziello