2012 Year in Review: Mass shootings

A mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. left 27 people dead

(CBS) - From moviegoers gunned down in Colorado, to a congregation of Sikhs under fire in Wisconsin, to a classroom full of first-graders slaughtered last week in Connecticut, Crimesider has reported on more than a dozen public shootings that left at least 80 victims dead in 2012.

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It wasn't until the Dec. 14 murders of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., however, that one of these incidents seemed to spark a change in the national conversation around guns and gun control. On Dec. 19, President Obama announced that Vice President Biden would lead a task force that will provide recommendations by January 2013 on how to reduce gun violence in the United States.