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Big blow to Obama's gun pledge

President Barack Obama has suffered a large setback in his bid to curb gun violence in the America after the US Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to pass a plan to expand background checks for firearms.

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Democratic Leader: Gun lobby using 'scare tatics'

The Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has accused the NRA and gun lobby of "shameful scare tactics", after an amendment which would have expanded background checks on people wanting to buy guns, failed to secure enough of the vote to be put into law.

Opponents of the measure say that said the proposals were an example of government overreach that would infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms.

We must strike a better balance between the right to defend ourselves and the right of every child in America to grow up safe from gun violence.

If tragedy strikes again if innocents are gunned down in a classroom or a theatre or a restaurant I could not live with myself as a father, as a husband, as a grandfather or as a friend knowing that I didn't do everything in my power to prevent.

– Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Leader

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