Washington (CNN) - While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.
Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.
(CNN) - While lawmakers in Washington have yet to agree on proposals to reduce gun violence, Myles Nelson, a seven-year-old from Milwaukee, has his own mouth-melting pitch: Turn bullets into chocolate.
"Dear Vice President Biden, I have a great idea," Nelson wrote in a letter that he read aloud to CNN Affiliate WTMJ. "I think guns should shoot out chocolate bullets. Then no one will get killed and no one will be sad."
(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose votes on gun background checks have haunted her back at home in New Hampshire, will receive some support from another GOP senator seen as a rising star.
Sen. Marco Rubio's political committee Reclaim America will begin running a TV ad Tuesday in her defense, joining a commercial the National Rifle Association put on the state's main broadcast channel last week.
(CNN) - Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group launched a new television ad on Thursday praising Republican Senator Pat Toomey for co-sponsoring an amendment to expand background checks in Pennsylvania
The organization is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is focused on supporting gun control. They say that the Toomey television spot is a two-week, six-figure ad buy.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate bill's sponsors change a provision dealing with internet sales.
Flake said the only reason he voted no was because of his concern that the requirement for background checks on internet sales is too costly and inconvenient, given the way guns are often sold among friends in his state of Arizona and others.
(CNN) – The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate criticized the National Rifle Association for cheering the defeat of a recent bipartisan gun control measure and expressed hope that the “political sentiment” will change in the upper chamber so the legislation can be brought up again.
“The National Rifle Association can go to Texas and celebrate defeating that measure, but they certainly shouldn’t celebrate when they look at the carnage that takes place virtually every day in America because convicted felons have guns,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) – While investigators focus on developments leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing, gun rights advocates zeroed in on the tense days after the deadly attack and the frantic manhunt for one of the suspects.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said residents were "imprisoned" in their homes with no means to protect themselves while police searched for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.
Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.
(CNN) – Regrouping with the nation's leading law enforcement representatives three weeks after bipartisan gun-control legislation suffered a surprising defeat in the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden indicated he will begin a new push to rally the American public around the issue, according to attendees of the meeting.
"He said he is committed to seeing this through. He wants to hit the road and interact with stakeholders and the public in general and continue to educate them on what the purpose of this legislation is," said Jon Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and one of the participants in the meeting.
(CNN) – Within minutes of the National Rifle Association's opening forum at their annual meeting Friday, the group's leaders went after gun control proposals and advocates who sought to expand tougher firearm laws following the deadly Newtown elementary school massacre.
"Where we see tragedy, Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity," said Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.