Keith Boykin's Top News Stories of 2012

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  • Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Sandy
  • Benghazi, Libya
  • Sandy Hook
  • Gay Marriage
  • Trayvon Martin
  • Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare
  • Barack Obama
  • Keith Boykin, Best of 2012
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • 9. Usain Bolt Makes History (Again)
  • 8. Whitney Houston Dies at 48

5. Mass Shootings Force Nation to Consider Gun Control

A gunman shoots up a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Another attacks a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. And a professional football player commits suicide with a handgun after killing his girlfriend in Kansas City. But it was the shooting of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn., that finally forced America to take a look at gun control.

(Photos from left: AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks, EPA/Bob Pearson/Landov, Kasandra Perkins via INSTAGRAM)

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