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Reid Moves to Pressure Senate Republicans on Gun Control

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have backed off of an assault weapons ban, but a video released Monday morning shows that the Nevada Democrat hopes to pressure Republicans into supporting a background check bill in the coming weeks.

The video, released on Senate Democrats’ YouTube channel, is titled, “Did Republicans Mean What They Said on Background Checks?”

It features televised interviews expressing varying degrees of support for background checks from prominent GOP senators, such as Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Dean Heller of Nevada.

The video opens and closes with a quote from President Barack Obama calling on politicians to back up their words after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

“We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago,” the video quotes Obama saying, referencing the Newtown, Conn., shootings. “And make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes. That we meant it.”

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