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Six-year-old girl dies after shooting herself in face
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A Cleveland man was arrested after his 6-year-old daughter shot herself in the face, officials in Ohio said.

 

Neveah Benson was shot at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

 

Neveah shot herself, police said, but it was not clear how she got the gun.

 

Her father, Edmund Benson, 23, was arrested following the shooting on suspicion of child endangering and having a gun after a felony conviction.

 

Benson is prohibited from owning guns after felony convictions for receiving a stolen vehicle and possessing criminal tools in 2009 and failure to register his address when he lived in Shaker Heights in 2008. UPI

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

The U.S. debate over gun control flared in mid-December when a man killed 20 first graders and six adults in a matter of minutes at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, using an assault rifle. Reuters

 

President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.” The Washington Post

 

President Obama's gun-control proposals amount to a war against the gun lobby that will be met in kind, the National Rifle Association chief said. Business Week

 

Only 39 percent of Americans think the new laws would stop gun violence, according to a poll from CNN and TIME, compared to 61 percent who think it will continue. Politico

 

Hundreds of gun owners and Second Amendment advocates rallied in state capitals nationwide Saturday, days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals. AP

 

Meanwhile, Americans were angrier about last month's horrific school shooting in Connecticut than they were about the Sep. 11 attacks, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. AP

 

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