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Gun control measure rejected by Senate
Richmond Times-Dispatch
President Barack Obama's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's gun laws in response to December's school massacre in Connecticut suffered a resounding defeat, when every major proposal he championed fell apart on the Senate floor. It was a stunning collapse for gun control advocates just four months after the deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., led the president and many others to believe that the political climate on guns had been altered in their favor.
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Harry Reid's gun control conversion: Courage or cynicism?
Roll Call
His allies hailed it as a bold statement of conscience with considerable political risk. His critics labeled it a baldly cynical ploy without any lasting downside. Either way, what Harry Reid did was mostly unexpected — and largely overlooked. It came on a day when the Capitol's attention was riveted anew by suspicious packages and powder-filled letters sent to lawmakers, the search for the Boston Marathon bomber, the details of a bipartisan immigration overhaul deal, and the climactic series of gun control roll calls in the Senate.
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Pelosi: Tougher gun controls 'inevitable'
The Hill
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said passage of tougher gun controls is "inevitable," projecting optimism less than 24 hours after the Senate voted down legislation central to President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce gun violence. "It's a matter of time," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "It might be inconceivable to the NRA that this might happen; it's inevitable to us." Pelosi did not put a timeline on her prediction but suggested public outrage over the failed Senate effort will eventually force the opponents of tougher gun laws to reconsider.
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Northam seeks assault weapon ban, gun checks
The Virginian-Pilot
On the six year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, Norfolk Dr. Ralph Northam is offering a sweeping plan to address gun violence through an array of policy changes ranging from mental health reforms and tighter gun controls to a crackdown on violent video games. Northam, a Democratic state senator running for lieutenant governor, announced an effort and partnership with Tech families to generate support for an online petition urging Virginia leaders to support an assault weapon ban and universal background checks in Virginia.
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Sen. Manchin: Blame me for gun control failure, not Obama
The Hill
Sen. Joe Manchin. D-W.Va., said he should be blamed for the Senate's stinging defeat of expanded background checks for gun purchases, not President Obama. "If people want to blame, I guess you blame me," Manchin told reporters at a Wall Street Journal breakfast. "I just never knew how hard it was to get the facts out. I think there is a lot more I can do to get the facts out."
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Mayor Bloomberg says children will 'die' because gun control legislation failed
New York Daily News
A seething Mayor Bloomberg vowed to defeat Senators who voted against tougher gun control laws in Washington. "Children lost. They're going to die and the criminals won," Bloomberg raged at a Manhattan event the morning after legislation expanding background checks on gun buyers died in the Senate. "This is a disgrace." Bloomberg said he was planning to call some of the senators who voted in favor of the bill to congratulate them for doing the right thing — particularly those from pro-gun states.
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Mayor Bloomberg says children will 'die' because gun control legislation failed
New York Daily News
A seething Mayor Bloomberg vowed to defeat Senators who voted against tougher gun control laws in Washington. "Children lost.

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Senators crack impasse on gun background check
ABC News
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., announced a bipartisan compromise seeking to expand background checks for the sale of guns — both at gun shows and online — that could help break the impasse in the gun-control debate in Congress.

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Virginia, Maryland differ on gun control legislation
WJLA-TV
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a common refrain among gun owners is that they're passionate about their firearms. For an example of that passion, look no further than Scott Lorincz at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Va.

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Biden: 'The president is already lining up some additional executive actions' for guns
The weekly Standard
Vice President Joe Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill.
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Does the AARP still want your guns?
American Hunter
Bob Robb, a contributor for the American Hunter, writes: "A few years ago I turned 55—a scary time for a guy who had to buy his own health insurance on the open market. Talk about sticker shock. So I thought, why not join AARP, the mega-senior's organization? Surely they have some sort of group medical insurance a member can piggyback on. It was only after I had purchased a multi-year membership that I decided to research this powerful special interest group and see what their official position was on issues important to me. First and foremost was the issue of gun ownership. What I discovered surprised the heck out of me.
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After gun defeat, where does Obama go from here?
Roll Call
President Barack Obama has barnstormed the country promising action on gun control legislation, and the Senate acted — to vote down the heart of the bill. The president is vowing that the fight for tighter gun control measures is not over. But Obama's cache in Congress has always been low, and it appears his strategy for continuing to push the issue largely rests on something that has proved elusive to him in other recent policy fights, including this one: public pressure.
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Post-mortem on gun control: Supporters less threatening at polls than opponents
The Hill
Supporters of tougher gun laws did not hound Congress enough to get even widely popular reforms passed through the Senate this week, according to a number of observers on and off Capitol Hill. Although polls show that an overwhelming majority of voters back tougher gun laws — in the case of universal background checks, the figure tops 90 percent — that support did not translate into a legislative victory in the Senate, where lawmakers blocked the central elements of President Obama's strategy for fighting gun violence.
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