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Some Students Return to School in Newtown

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Four days after a gunman killed 26 people, it's a slow recovery for Newtown, Connecticut, especially as they face the task of burying 20 children.

On Tuesday, two more first-graders were laid to rest.

High school students did return to school, but Sandy Hook Elementary will remain closed indefinitely. The district has made plans to send surviving Sandy Hook students to another school in the neighboring town of Monroe.

For now, some parents are keeping their children at home regardless, as local officials and Connecticut State Police figure out ways to ramp up security.

Gun Control Issue Gains Momentum

The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. Obama has long backed the ban, but has failed to push for it during his first term.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California plans to introduce legislation to reinstate the ban early next year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama would also support legislation to close a gun show loophole which allows people to buy guns from private dealers without background checks.

The National Rifle Association of America has been quiet in the wake of the shooting, but they released a statement on Tuesday, saying: "The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters - and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown."

"Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

The NRA will hold a press conference on the shooting Friday.

Dick's Sporting Goods has decided to suspend selling a number of semi-automatic rifles in all of its stores across the county.

The chain says it will remove all of its guns from stores nearest to Newtown, Connecticut. Dick's officials say it's out of respect for people mourning the victims of the school shooting.

Police say Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun at a Dick's just outside of Newtown days before the shooting, but was turned down.

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