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The problem was with the legislation
The New York Times
Senators vote on actual bills, not poll questions. On April 17, they never had a chance to vote on a pure bill about background checks. The base bill on the Senate floor used model language from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York. Besides gun sales, it also applied to temporary and innocent transfers — like letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours to take it to the target range. The expansive language would have felonized almost every American gun owner — and that's not a concept that has 90 percent support.
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How the Boston bombing could influence the gun debate
NBC News
Investigators aren't saying where the Boston Marathon bombings suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got the guns they allegedly used to attack law enforcement, killing an MIT campus officer and wounding a transit officer. "The ATF is working very closely with the FBI to track those weapons down and determine where they came from, but again, it's an active investigation," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told Morning Joe. NBC News has confirmed that the Tsarnaev brothers did not have gun permits or petitions to carry weapons. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is underage to carry a firearm under Massachusetts law.
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Why did gun control fail?
The Goochland Gazette
While the nation was reacting to one horror, a gun control bill created in response to another horror went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate. And the recriminations began. The president blasted the National Rifle Association. Many news organs excoriated the senators who voted against the bill. So after months of debate and who knows how many dollars spent on both sides of the issue, nothing has changed. That includes distortions by gun-control advocates.
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Chuck Marshall Memorial Raffle
VSSA
Recently, VSSA member Charles "Chuck" Marshall, passed away. Part of his final wishes was that VSSA would choose a firearm from his collection and raffle that item, with the proceeds benefiting VSSA's War Chest. VSSA's Board of Directors reveiwed the list of firearms available and chose the Springfield Armory M1A1 SOCOM 16 NATO 7.62. The firearm is "like new" in the box and comes with 7 magazines. While some of the magazines show a little more wear than others, the appraised value of the package is $2300.
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Plan B? Biden meeting with gun control activists
The Washington Examiner
Is the Obama administration planning another public push on gun control? Vice President Joe Biden plans to meet with gun control activists at the White House, according to his schedule. The meeting is closed to the press. Biden recently signaled in a conference call with gun control activists that the fight was not over.
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McCain, Schumer say gun control is coming back
U.S. News and World Report
Gun control legislation will return to the Senate floor despite an initial failed effort, top lawmakers said. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the "broad middle" will continue to press for action on a measure hammered out by a pair of pro-gun senators that would expand background checks on gun purchases.
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NRA T-Shirt offensive? Gun control debate rages at West Virginia middle school
International Design Times
Jared Marcum's NRA T-shirt was deemed so offensive that the West Virginia middle school student was arrested. The 14-year-old's refusal to remove his NRA T-shirt is now adding more fuel to America's fiery gun control debate.
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Why did gun control fail?
The Goochland Gazette
While the nation was reacting to one horror, a gun control bill created in response to another horror went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate. And the recriminations began. The president blasted the National Rifle Association. Many news organs excoriated the senators who voted against the bill.

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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.

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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.

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NRA expanding into the gun, sportsman show business
The Washington Examiner
The National Rifle Association, arguably at the peak of its power in the wake of its success defeating President Barack Obama's gun control bid, is expanding into a new direction: operating the nation's biggest gun and sportsman show. Long a defender of gun rights, the NRA tells Secrets that it is moving into the outdoors show business to guarantee that gun makers and gun users won't be pushed into a corner or eliminated entirely from the annual Harrisburg, Pa. show for hunters, anglers and campers. "This is fantastic," NRA President David Keene told Secrets.
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Why the American public isn't mad as hell about the failure of the gun bill
The Washington Post
The Senate's defeat of a package of popular proposals aimed at curbing gun violence seemed certain to foment public outrage at out-of-touch politicians who don’t listen to their constituents. Not so much, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Yes, a plurality (47 percent) describe themselves as either "angry" or "disappointed" about the failure of the gun legislation, but 39 percent call themselves "relieved" or "happy" about what happened. That's a far cry from the 90-ish percent support that expanding background checks — the centerpiece of the proposed legislation — enjoyed.
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USA Today Poll: Public support for gun control ebbs
USA Today
Four months after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a USA Today Poll finds support for a new gun-control law ebbing as prospects for passage on Capitol Hill seem to fade. Americans are more narrowly divided on the issue than in recent months, and backing for a bill has slipped below 50 percent, the poll finds. By 49-45 percent, those surveyed favor Congress passing a new gun-control law. In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in early April, 55 percent had backed a stricter gun law, which was down from 61 percent in February.
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