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Newtown residents express support for Obama gun plan 16 Jan 2013 In this town where tragedy relaunched the nation's debate over gun violence, people on all sides of the political divide expressed support Wednesday for President Obama's proposals to ban assault weapons and establish tighter background checks for gun buyers. "It shouldn't be a Democratic or a Republican issue," said Marsha Moskowitz, a Democrat who supports the president's proposals. "It's a human issue. It's about humanity." First Selectman Pat Llodra, a Republican who is Newtown's chief executive, said she supports them, too. Llodra, who attended Obama's announcement, was in Washington meeting with mayors who support efforts to reduce gun violence, improve mental health policies and address school safety needs