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City leaders call for background checks to prevent gun violence

6:09 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg city leaders and those who have lost loved ones to gun violence are calling on Congressman Bill Young to support President Barack Obama's plan to prevent gun violence. 

Gun violence has remained a hot topic in the two months after the Connecticut school shooting and will get some airtime during Tuesday's State of the Union.

Standing outside St. Pete City Hall Monday afternoon, Lisa Wheeler Brown whose son died at age 21 shared why she's so passionate about what many call common sense -- universal background checks. She said young people should have hope. 

Councilman Karl Nurse said he was touched after seeing Paris Whitehead Hamilton's home sprayed with more than 50 bullets.

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Almost nine children and teens die every day by gunfire - one every two hours and 45 minutes.

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