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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Families Lobby On Gun Bill, Dems Face Key Decision

Families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting, including Mark, second from left, and Jackie Barden, parents of 7-year-old Daniel; William Sherlach, second from right, husband of Mary, the Sandy Hook Elementary School psychologist; and Neil Heslin, right, father of 6-year-old Jesse, listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Families of children killed in the Newtown school shooting listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Senate Democrats continue to mull strategy for their efforts at gun legislation, especially expanded background checks.

They’re holding a lunchtime meeting today to assess whether West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has reached an acceptable compromise – or has a realistic chance of getting one – with Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.

Some Newtown, Conn., families are spending time today lobbying lawmakers.

Democrats will be deciding in the next couple of days whether they should try to get Republican support or follow the shakier path of pursuing it on their own.

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