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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's 'NOLA for Life' plan has five goals: stop the shooting; invest in prevention; promote jobs and opportunity; get residents involved and rebuild neighborhoods; and improve the Police Department.

Rather than rely on a single program, Landrieu offers a multi-faceted approach with hopes of addressing the complicated factors that contribute to the killings, including poor educational and job opportunities, insufficient mental health services, blighted neighborhoods and inadequate police training.

The chief efforts include:

- Creating a team of federal law enforcement specialists to prosecute drug kingpins;
- Making teenagers aware of the consequences of criminal behavior;
- Providing community conflict-resolution and trauma-counseling services;
- Expanding mentoring programs;
- Improving job and housing opportunities for ex-offenders;
- Building public trust in the Police Department.


Find out more about Nola for Life here: www.nolaforlife.org/

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Tom K.

What a sad story!

"The paper spoke to other neighbors, who said they saw Coulter biking around the neighborhood earlier Friday evening.

'I thought about calling the cops, but the last thing I want to do is racially profile a little kid who's just biking,' the neighbor told the Times-Picayune.

According to the arrest warrant, Landry shot the teen once in the head."

Read more: www.nydailynews.com/news/crime...

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Dan

From Demand Action:

"Against considerable pressure and intimidation from the NRA and the Washington gun lobby, Sen. Landrieu did the right thing and honored her commitment to Louisiana by voting to expand criminal background checks.

Now the gloves are off. The NRA and the gun lobby are looking to punish Sen. Landrieu for voting YES on this life-saving legislation. It's important that we applaud Sen. Landrieu for standing with the 85% of Louisianans who support common sense reform, and you can do just that by sending a "Letter to the Editor" to the Times Picayune."

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Dan

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the crucial Manchin-Toomey amendment TODAY, and it's more important than ever that Senator Landrieu hears from you on this important issue.

Call Senator Landrieu today at 504-589-2427 and tell her to vote YES on the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand criminal background checks.

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Dan

The White House has created a Thunderclap to show Congress that this issue remains a top priority for many Americans. #Nowisthetime

www.whitehouse.gov/issues/prev...

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Dan

In a hangout hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan from PBS NewsHour, Vice President Biden spoke with a group of Google+ users about the White House policy recommendations and answer their questions.

www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/0...

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Dan

Huge win today! www.demandaplan.org/thanks

"President Obama signed 23 executive orders to crack down on gun criminals, expand access to mental health services and make our schools safer. He also laid out the crucial priorities that we’ll be fighting for in the months ahead -- priorities that will save lives, including:

Fixing our broken background check system and requiring a background check for ALL gun sales.

Getting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets.

Making gun trafficking a federal crime with tough penalties for offenders.

Funding public research on gun violence and gun crime that will make law enforcement more efficient and effective."

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Bon Shoemaker

While not everyone will agree with whatever plan is presented, we should all be united in the belief that action is needed immediately. Everyone should be able to attend school, work, shop, and enjoy life without the fear of violence. Let's go folks - let your voice be heard!

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Dan

Today's the one month anniversary of Newtown. This quote from one of the parents struck me:

“We’re looking for dialogue. We’re looking for ideas. We’re looking for a national discussion to take place. We don’t want to just come out and say this is what we stand for, this is what we believe in. We want to encourage a national discussion on this. Do something different. When you look at what’s been done in the past, it hasn’t gotten us very far. We have to do something different.”

www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/nyr...

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Newtown Families Seek Answers on Gun Violence

Relatives of 11 of the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have formed a group to join the national debate.

www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/nyr...

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Dan

Great op-ed in USA Today from Mayor Michael Bloomberg today that clearly outlines 3 policy changes that are supported by a majority of Americans (including gun owners) -

www.usatoday.com/story/opinion...

1. Prohibit the manufacture and sale of the military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips

2. Fix the broken background check system. Half of all gun sales in the U.S. are conducted without a background check. Criminals, the mentally ill, minors and domestic abusers are all prohibited from purchasing guns, but they all can do so as easily as attending a gun show or going online.

3. Make gun trafficking a felony

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Michael Bloomberg: 6 ways to stop gun madness

Steps Obama should take to make real changes. Our kids deserve it.

www.usatoday.com/story/opinion...

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