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Posted: January 30, 2013 at 3:55 a.m.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said in prepared remarks to be delivered today before the Senate Judiciary Committee that banning some assault weapons and requiring background checks for all firearms purchases aren’t a serious attempt to reduce gun violence, adding: “Lawabiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals.” Nik Wallenda, 34, a high-wire daredevil, walked 500 feet without a tether or safety net across a wire suspended 200 feet above the ground in Sarasota, Fla.

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