Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday. Three police officers were shot dead and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday night; Canadian police are searching for the suspected gunman. Ron Ward via the Canadian Press/AP/Moncton Times & Transcript hide caption

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Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michael-Martinez was killed in Friday's mass shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., breaks down as he talks to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's headquarters on Saturday. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Newtown, Conn., Dec. 20, 2012: Stuffed animals and a candle arrangement at a streetside memorial for the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, speaks during a news conference in Manchester, N.H., in July. They were there to encourage state political leaders to have courage in the fight to expand background checks on gun purchases. Mary Schwalm/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks Sunday in Washington, D.C., honoring victims of Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The scene late Thursday at a park in Chicago's South Side after a shooting there in which 13 people were wounded. Paul Beaty /AP hide caption

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From the NPR Newscast: Cheryl Corley reports on the shootings in Chicago

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Police say Aaron Alexis, who was killed Monday, gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. FBI/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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At the White House and around the nation, flags are flying at half-staff since Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Olivier Douliery /UPI/Landov hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Brian Naylor on the Navy Yard shootings

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