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Senate Blocks Gun Control Measures


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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) speaks as Sandy Hook victim Vicki Soto's sister Carlee Soto listens during a news briefing on April 17, 2013.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) speaks as Sandy Hook victim Vicki Soto's sister Carlee Soto listens during a news briefing on April 17, 2013.

In a setback to gun control advocates, the U.S. Senate rejected several measures on Wednesday, including a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for firearm purchases. At a news conference, surrounded by relatives of those killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, an angry President Obama said lawmakers had caved to special interests, calling it "a pretty shameful day for Washington." We'll discuss the vote, and look at the prospects for future federal gun control legislation.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator (D-CA)
  • Heidi Przybyla, congressional reporter for Bloomberg News
  • Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for "The Takeaway," from Public Radio International and WNYC

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