(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden argued the National Rifle Association has had a role in driving up paranoia by spreading "disinformation" about recent proposals to combat gun violence, and said a large number of people own guns simply for the feel of a firearm in their hands.
As the Senate voted Thursday to proceed with gun legislation, Biden also pointed to recent polls in support of expanding the background check system and said the American public is way "ahead" of politicians on the issue.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against tougher gun laws, clearing the way for a major congressional debate on a package of proposals sought by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre.
The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, on broadening background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.FULL STORY
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Gabby Giffords remembers facing her assailant at his sentencing.
"Beady eyes," she said of Jared Loughner, who shot the former Arizona congresswoman in the head with a 9mm Glock pistol. Six people died and 13 were injured that day when the deranged gunman opened fire in front of a Tucson supermarket.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A filibuster of major gun legislation by a vocal band of conservative Republican senators may have misfired, as a growing number of their GOP colleagues appear ready to help break it when it comes up for a vote on Thursday.
The public split is a rarity for Senate Republicans, who over the past few years have kept divisions to a minimum.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama praised the compromise reached in the Senate Wednesday over background checks, though he added there are some parts of the deal that he "might prefer to be stronger" and said there's more work to do in getting the bill passed.
Read his full statement after the jump.
Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans generally favor stricter gun control laws, and there has been a big jump in the number of Americans who say that gun policy is extremely important, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday also indicates that the increase is only good enough to move gun control to the middle of the pack when it comes to the issues that Americans think are most important to deal with over the next year.
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Wednesday that expanding background checks at gun shows, as called for in a Senate compromise, "will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."
Read the full statement after the jump
Washington (CNN) – Two U.S. senators, a Democrat and a Republican, announced on Wednesday they had reached a compromise on expanding background checks on firearms buyers to include gun shows and Internet sales.
The deal reached by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, sets up the likelihood of a major Senate debate on gun legislation starting as soon as Thursday, when the chamber is expected to overcome a GOP filibuster attempt to block the proposals.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, announced Wednesday they had reached a compromise on expanding background checks on firearms buyers to include gun shows and Internet sales.
The deal sets up a possible Senate debate on new gun laws starting as soon as Thursday if Democrats can get enough GOP support to overcome a filibuster
The proposal would not violate the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said he doesn't want to be "reinventing" the wheel on the gun bill in the Senate and plans to make a similar background check proposal in the House with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California.
"My goal would be to get the strongest background check bill we can," King said.