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The Politics Hour - Jan. 31, 2014

A shopping mall shooting rattles communities in Maryland. The death of a D.C. employee reopens concerns about the city's emergency services. And Virginia lawmakers spar over everything from textbook language to hunting on Sundays. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Ken Ulman, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Maryland, talked about a shooting at the Mall in Columbia last weekend that left three people dead. Ulman discussed the police response, how retailers and shoppers reacted to the shots and what policy changes might be implemented to prevent further violence, including gun control, mental health initiatives and anti-bulling campaigns. "We are never going to be able to stop every senseless act of violence in our communities. On the same point, we're not just going to throw up our hands and say this is the new normal," Ulman said.

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