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Democrats find their mojo with gun control

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>> Rise up democrats.>> They couldn't force even one gun measure through congress after Orlando, but democrats think the defeat may carry them to victory in the November elections.>> We've got to get out there and do it.>> I am Andy Sullivan in Washington, where the conventional wisdom has long been that the Gun Control issue was a loser for Democrats
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at they just can't match the clout of the National Rifle Association.
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But in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Democrats now believed that the gun debate can actually help them when the White House in Congress.>> Rise up Americans.>> That was what compelled Democrats in the House and Senate to go all out last week with 60s style sit ins, 3am protests, and filibusters.
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Not just a visceral reaction to Orlando, but a strategic decision that using confrontational tactics would help fire up the base and the track voters, who overwhelmingly favor new limits like preventing terrorist suspects from buying guns.>> I have been furious.>> In a Senate Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut wage a 15 hour filibuster to force a votes on a measure that would make it harder for terrorist suspects to buy gun and tighten up background checks.
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>> The motion is not agreed to.>> Let us vote.>> In the House of Representatives, a 25 hour sit in didn't even yield a vote as House Speaker Paul Ryan held the line.>>
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].>> Both efforts failed to move legislation. But they did allow Democrats to seize control of the debate and put Republicans on the defensive.
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Lawmakers are getting all the attention but you're seeing it just as much in the presidential race. The presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is talking frequently about banning military style assault rifles, and expanding background checks. That's a big contrast to President Barak Obama, who avoided talk about guns in the campaign trail.
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>> Most voters support tighter gun laws but until now it's been gun owners who felt most strongly about the issue. That may be changing in the wake of mass shootings in Orlando, San Bernardino and other cities. Democrats now think that by talking up guns, they'll be able to win in the fall and potentially pass tough new laws next year.
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