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What is the response of Republicans to the recent gun massacres?

Republicans have strengthened the gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and a US representative’s gathering in Arizona.

The 2012 platform, approved this week by GOP convention-goers who nominated Mitt Romney for president, also endorses ‘‘stand your ground’’ rights for gun owners. That legal concept, which says gun bearers don’t have to retreat if they feel threatened in a public place, drew national attention after February’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

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