The Association of American Universities issued a statement Thursday calling on President Obama and members of Congress to take quick federal action to address gun violence in the United States, while scolding the mass media for an "addiction to violence," the Huffington Post reports. The AAU, which comprises 60 leading U.S. and two Canadian research universities, pointed to the Newtown, Conn., massacre as a tipping point in the push for the federal government to reform gun laws.

"Our schools and campuses have unfortunately become centers of national mourning, from Columbine to Virginia Tech, and now Newtown," the...

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