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Reid promises Newtown parents more gun control

By Day, The (New London, CT)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At noon, after a day and a morning of lobbying mostly elusive or noncommittal congressmen, the Newtown Action Alliance was joined in the Capitol building by its most prominent allies: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); Murphy's successor, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat whose 5th district includes Newtown; and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), who has co-authored the House version of the background checks bill that floundered two months ago in the Senate.

Reid, who referenced his father's suicide with a pistol, said legislation that requires background checks for all gun purchases -- and not a "watered-down version," he said, is inevitable.

"The writing is on the wall," he said. "Background checks will pass the United States Senate. It's only a question of when."

They were joined at the press conference by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Rep. Joe Courtney (D- 2nd District) and Rep. Ron Barber (D -- Ariz.), who was shot along with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also met with relatives of the victims. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said that the White House commends their "courage and perseverance." "We want them to know that, as we approach the six-month anniversary of that terrible day, we will never forget and we will continue to fight alongside them," Carney said. The White House would provide no details, saying that was intended to protect the families' privacy.

Biden plans to hold a gun control event at the White House on Tuesday, although his office won't discuss any details. Last week, Biden sent an email to Democrats saying he has complete faith Congress will pass meaningful gun laws if everything is done to make it happen and declared, "This fight is far from over."

The alliance group traveled to Washington Wednesday for the purpose of recalling attention to the 26 shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Dec. 14. Friday is the six-month mark since that day.

Material by The Associated Press was used in this story.


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  1. davebnmComment by davebnm
    June 14, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    We need for Nevada to promise that they will either vote him out or recall him for not adhering to his sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. How about it Nevada?
    California! Do the same for Pelosi and Feinstein! Pleeeeease!

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    • bull57Comment by bull57
      June 15, 2013 @ 2:06 am

      When will people figure out that criminals don’t follow or care about the law. Only law abiding citizen care and will follow most laws! All these old and new guns laws will do nothing in the prevention gun crimes!

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  2. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    June 14, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    leader of the obama s.s. harry reid has pledged his life for the furher obama and the total take over of america 1 gun at a time.this has to be stopped for the sake of this country going away.

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  3. freedixieComment by freedixie
    June 14, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Hey Reid, you ***, we already have background checks. What you and your communist cronies want is REGISTRATION so you know who has the guns. It’s none of your business. You can’t keep the guns out of criminals’ hands, other than locking the thugs up instead of running them through the revolving doors of the “justice” system. Back off, Reid!

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  4. 1389ADComment by 1389AD
    June 14, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Harry Reid’s father didn’t commit suicide because he had a gun, but rather, because he was a violent, hard-drinking, deeply troubled individual – as shown in Reid’s own memoirs.

    Reid didn’t have any moral education as a child, and it shows.

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  5. philopusComment by philopus
    June 14, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    This pathetic group of demagogues are so willing to work for the elimination of our gun rights by “recalling attention to the 26 shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Dec. 14.” It is interesting how they ignore the Fast and Furious debacle where the same demagogues provided guns galore to known criminals, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent Mexican citizens! Clearly, innocent lives are not their concern, they simply want to keep us from being able to defend ourselves.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      June 15, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      Like Sandy Hook, Fast & Furious was a program designed to restrict our gun rights … but using a different tack.
      The idea there was to create the illusion of an ‘international problem’ which demanded an ‘international solution’.

      That solution would be getting the Senate to ratify the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.

      Fast & Furious blew up in their faces.
      Senators refused to be influenced.
      The U.N. treaty fell apart.
      The program failed.

      So … that is when they turned loose a couple of their pet crazies to perform some mass shootings.
      One of the cultivated nuts in their stable was Adam Lanza.

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  6. ara5353Comment by ara5353
    June 14, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Everyone just remember, November of 2014 is our last chance to stop this pack of Progressive hyenas. Anyone who votes for a Democrat or a Progressive Republican, like McCain, is a traitor to the Constitution and the cause of Freedom.

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  7. RadmanComment by Radman
    June 14, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Harry KNOWS full well that even if an expanded backgroud check bill does manage to squeeze out of the Senate, it will go down to defeat in the House; but he doesn’t care…because then the issue will be available to the DIM-DEMS for the 2014 campaign season.

    But anyway, I’ll keep repeating the following always-winnable challenge to any politician or gun-grabbing group that advocates for additional “gun control” laws — banning the production, possession of semi-automatic rifles, pistols or shotguns, registration and/or confiscation of firearms — in response to the horrific Newtown, CN, or Aurora, CO, killings, etc.:

    “Before you even attempt to convince me that ANY new laws restricting gun ownership are necessary, you must first convince me that violent criminals and the mentally deranged will abide by them any better than they abide by all of the restrictive gun laws currently on the books.” – Me.

    One or more well-trained and armed “protectors” who can quickly detect, assess, and forcefully intervene is virtually the only method to ameliorate such tragedies as those in Connecticut and Colorado, etc.) It is impossible to prevent ATTEMPTS such as this, especially if the perpetrator cares not if he lives or dies during or after committing the atrocity.

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  8. hdmaniaComment by hdmania
    June 14, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    Buy all your guns NOW before the law goes into effect..after the law if nobody buys guns then there will be nobody left to register..??

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  9. tomtComment by tomt
    June 14, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    Hey Harry, Barrack, Feinstein, Clinton, Palosi and the rest of your pack of hellhounds..
    If you sincerely want to protect and save children’s lives , why not, go after Cell phones with texting ability?

    Leave the guns alone. Gun ownership deters criminal intent to harm children when a family owns a firearm. Especially in rural areas where response time can take 30 minutes or more.

    Tell the TRUTH. It is all about your control over the free citizens of the United States of America. What has the all-mighty chairman of the Elected Assembly of State, promised you? That you will be greatly rewarded in status and even more unleashed power oppressing the rank and file American Subjects.

    Here are the 46 TRAITOR senators that voted to give your rights to the U.N.

    Baldwin (D-WI),Baucus (D-MT), Bennet (D-CO),Blumenthal (D-CT), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA),Cardin (D-MD), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Coons (D-DE),Cowan (D-MA), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN).
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Harkin (D-IA), Hirono (D-HI), Johnson (D-SD), Kaine (D-VA), King (I-ME),Klobuchar (D-MN), Landrieu (D-LA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI),McCaskill (D-MO), Menendez (D-NJ), Merkley (D-OR), Mikulski (D-MD),
    Murphy (D-CT), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Reed (D-RI),
    Reid (D-NV), Rockefeller (D-WV), Sanders (I-VT), Schatz (D-HI), Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen (D-NH), Stabenow (D-MI),
    Udall (D-CO), Udall (D-NM), Warner (D-VA), Warren (D-MA),
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR)

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