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Dec 21, 2012 5:16 PM by Associated Press

Victims remembered a week later; NRA calls for armed guards in schools

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - In Newton, Conn., and in New York, Boston, Denver and elsewhere, bells have chimed today to mark one week since the shootings that left 20 schoolchildren dead.

Among those who gathered in Newtown were 13 survivors of a 2005 school shooting on an Indian reservation in Minnesota. They drove nearly 1,500 miles to support and comfort the families and survivors.

In the nation's capital, religious leaders from a broad range of faiths gathered at Washington National Cathedral to call for their congregations to lobby Congress to enact gun control and mental health reforms to address pervasive gun violence.

The National Rifle Association, meanwhile, broke a week of silence on the Connecticut shootings. The group's CEO called for armed police officers to be posted in American schools to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

He blames video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture.

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